New York Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. cleaned up his sports betting bill Tuesday to better define what sports facilities would be allowed to participate ahead of planned Senate passage of the legislation later this week.
The new language would allow for sports betting at all professional sports stadiums and arenas in New York with a seating capacity of more than 15,000.
A spokesperson for Addabbo tells Legal Sports Report that S 17C looks like it will get a vote in the full Senate this week. The bill is currently in the Finance Committee.
Tweaks on most recent NY sports betting amendment
Amendment B, introduced last week, allowed stadiums and arenas to partner with New York casinos to have sports betting kiosks connected back to the casino via the internet. The sports facilities would be allowed to offer these kiosks 20 months after the effective date of the law.
However, stadiums and arenas only would have been able to offer sports betting if there wasn’t already an affiliated racetrack, off-track betting parlor or video lottery terminal facility in the county. This would have excluded Citi Field, home of the Mets, and New Era Field, home of the Bills.
This was not the intention of the bill authors. Addabbo cleaned up the Senate amendment by deleting language that limited sport facilities to serve as affiliates only “in a county that does not have an affiliate.”
The new language simply states that “any professional sports stadium or arena in that county may serve as an affiliate.”
NY online sports betting still faces difficult road
Early Senate passage would be a nice first step for online sports betting legislation heading into the final days of the legislative session, which concludes June 19.
However, it’s comparable to walking up the first ten floors of the Empire State Building. There’s 92 floors left that will keep getting tougher, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo is blocking off access to the elevator.
Cuomo repeated Tuesday that he does not think mobile sports wagering legalization will get done this year.
Assembly remains a question mark
Just to put the bill on Cuomo’s desk and make him take an official stance on the constitutionality of mobile wagering would be an accomplishment.
The Senate has been leading the cause for mobile wagering all session, including language in its budget proposal. Addabbo blamed the Assembly for failure to get sports betting into the budget.
In previous years, the New York Senate passed online poker legislation multiple times only to have it die in the Assembly.
Assemblyman Gary Pretlow has been amending A 6113 to match the Senate bill every step of the way, and is expected to again, but it remains to be seen if the Assembly is ready to move on mobile wagering.
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