The U.S. Supreme Court last year lifted a federal ban on sports wagering that had been mostly limited to Nevada. In legalizing new commercial casinos in 2013, Cuomo and lawmakers inserted a provision to let the new gambling halls offer sports gambling if the federal ban was ever ended.
The governor’s Gaming Commission needs to first issue regulations to govern the sports betting operations at those casinos. Gambling companies and others have been pressing to permit sports gambling statewide via online platforms. But some Cuomo insiders believe a constitutional amendment may be needed to go beyond in-person sports betting at the four casinos authorized in 2013.
The state’s off track betting corporations, including Western Regional OTB, have lobbied to be a part of any sports betting operation.
The existing four casinos where Cuomo Tuesday said he wants to see sports gambling be offered are located in the southern Catskills, Schenectady, Tioga County in the southern tier and in Seneca County in the Town of Tyre.
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