New York’s legislators have chosen to leave mobile sports betting out of the state’s $175.5bn FY 2020 budget, instead including a number of reforms and initiatives for other forms of gambling.
In what could have been a massive development for affiliate marketing in the state, New York currently offers sports betting in four upstate casinos: Resorts World Catskills in Monticello, Rivers Casino in Schenectady, del Lago Casino in Tyre near Rochester and Tioga Downs near Binghamton.
While decision to not approve mobile sports betting has been described by Senator Joe Addabbo as “disappointing”, the approved budget does not include any sports betting-related language.
“From the beginning, I said we will not do a budget that fails to address three major issues that have evaded this state for decades – the permanent property tax cap, criminal justice reform and a Metropolitan Transportation Authority overhaul, including Central Business District Tolling,” Governor Cuomo said of the budget.
“I also said this budget must be done right – meaning it must be fiscally responsible and protect New York from the federal government’s ongoing economic assault on our state. I am proud to announce that together, we got it done.”
Policymakers now have until the end of the legislative session in June to file for, and approve mobile wagering in the state.
The state is still due to knuckle down with new plans to regulate in-person betting, with talks being held on sports betting regulations already held earlier this year.