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New York pushing for gambling expansion

Fri, Mar 8, 9:56am by Staff Writer

A New York legislator has introduced a bill that proposes to expand the state’s gambling opportunities. Gary Pretlow has suggested that betting kiosks be located in prime locations of New York, such as Madison Square Garden and Yankee Stadium.

The bill also proposes to legalise digital gambling and permit racetracks and other commercial facilities to offer sports betting through kiosks in association with casinos.

Sports gambling was first legalised in New York state in 2013 after votes approved an amendment to the state’s constitution that allowed commercial casinos.

Four casinos were subsequently launched and the idea of offering sportsbook has always been on the back of everyone’s mind, Calvin Ayre reports.

The New York Gaming Commission drafted new regulations in January that would authorise sports wagers at casinos.

In speaking with Legal Sport Report recently, Mr Pretlow stated that, “Maybe Governor Cuomo won’t veto it. Maybe we can override his veto. A lot of things can happen. But if we don’t try something, it’s never going to happen.”

Mr Pretlow has been behind most of the gambling-related bills to reach lawmakers in New York in the past several months.

He has been pushing for legalised online poker and sports gambling, alongside Senator Joseph Addabbo.

Betting welcomed by commissioner on MLS

Sports betting on professional soccer received key support last week after MLS Commissioner Don Garber said it was a way to “better connect with fans”.

Speaking to reporters at the DC United versus Atlanta United match, the Major League Soccer executive explained that leagues “overall” will “support” sports betting.

“The most important thing as it related to potential of legalised sports gambling is not necessarily revenue driven,” Mr Garber told The Washington Post.

The MLS is also close to getting its own “league-wide” sponsorship with a “respected gaming company”, a move Mr Garber supports.

Individually, the New Jersey based New York Bulls have been searching for a business to pay up to $4 million annually in exchange for naming rights.

The team is reported to have spoken to several sports betting companies about sponsoring the arena for up to 10 years.

Last May, the US Supreme Court issued a ruling on a new Jersey case that allowed individual states to legalise sports betting within their own borders and struck down the professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA).

While many other states are considering sports betting, the three largest – California, Texas and Florida – aren’t expected to participate anytime soon.

A sneak across the pond to the United Kingdom gives soccer fans and administrators a glimpse of what legalised betting on football could mean.

Betting on sports is ubiquitous in the UK, where gaming companies sponsor teams and leagues and routinely set up shop within stadium corridors.

“I go to a lot of games in England, and I never really objected to the fact that somebody would come into the owners’ box and take a bet on a game,” Mr Garber said.

“If people are going to do it, you might as well manage it, organise it, you might as well generate tax revenue for it and find ways that the league can use it as a marketing tool to have people engage more with our players and our clubs,” he said.

Eight states have full-scale legalised sports betting. Two more have legalised but not yet launched wagering, and many others are considering bills to follow suit.

Two states where sports betting is already legal, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, are home to MLS clubs.

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