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  • Rich Klein


ALBANY - Governor Andrew Cuomo today said that a proposal is in the works for online sports betting that could help raise needed revenues in the state.

But if that becomes law, it could put a dent in Resorts World Catskills "Sportsbook 360" revenues and other upstate New York casinos because only in-person sports betting at those venues are currently allowed by law.

The SullivanTimes this afternoon reached out to Resorts World Catskills for comment.

"Many states have done sports betting but they basically allow casinos to run their own gambling operations," Cuomo said at a news conference today. "That makes a lot of money for casinos, but it makes minimal money for the state. I'm not here to make casinos a lot of money, I'm here to raise funds for the state. So, we have a different model for sports betting. "

In a news release issued right after his news conference, he said that mobile sports wagering will be part of the 2021 State of the State message delivered this Monday.

Under Governor Cuomo's proposal, the New York State Gaming Commission will issue a request for proposals to select and license a sports operator or platform to offer mobile sports wagering in New York. This operator or platform must have a partnership with one of the existing licensed commercial casinos.

The Commission will also require any entity operating mobile wagering apps include safeguards against abuses and addiction.

"At a time when New York faces a historic budget deficit due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the current online sports wagering structure incentivizes a large segment of New York residents to travel out of state to make online sports wagers or continue to patronize black markets,"

Governor Cuomo said. "New York has the potential to be the largest sports wagering market in the United States, and by legalizing online sports betting we aim to keep millions of dollars in revenue here at home, which will only strengthen our ability to rebuild from the COVID-19 crisis."

According to the news release, the sports gambling market is evolving rapidly. In 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court in Murphy v. NCAA overturned a federal law prohibiting most states from authorizing sports wagering. Sports wagering is now legal online in 14 states, including the bordering states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, while it is only legal in New York at the four Upstate commercial gaming facilities and Native American gaming facilities. An industry study found that nearly 20 percent of New Jersey's sports wagering revenue comes from New York residents, costing the State millions of dollars in lost tax revenue.



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