New York State Legislature Hesitant To Add Mobile Sports Betting
New York is "unlikely to approve statewide mobile sports betting anytime soon," according to Wayne Parry of the AP. Two state lawmakers at the Sports Betting USA conference in N.Y. this week, who have been pushing for legal sports betting, said that they will "try to put a provision in the state budget allowing mobile sports betting when the Legislature convenes in January." But Gov. Andrew Cuomo "continues to question whether such betting is constitutional." Mobile betting is "quickly becoming the industry standard," with 80% of New Jersey's sports betting revenue "coming via smartphones or laptops." New York would become the "largest state to have full-blown sports betting" if mobile betting is passed. A bill for mobile betting in the state "passed the Senate but was not approved in the Assembly, due in part to worries that Cuomo would veto it." New York state Rep. J. Gary Pretlow estimated that 30-40% of the money "currently being wagered in New Jersey would be bet in New York once the state approved mobile betting" (AP, 11/5).