New York Introduces a Bill to Legalize Sports Betting

January 13, 2017 / by: Gray Peterson

Five New York Senate lawmakers have tabled a bill which seeks to legalize professional and college sports betting at racetracks, casinos, and off-track betting parlors. The bill was introduced in the Senate and is now awaiting evaluation by the Senate’s Judiciary Committee. 

Sponsoring sport betting activities by states is prohibited by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA). The PASPA act which was passed in 1992 forbids states from providing gambling lines on sports. However, the law gave special exemptions to states like Oregon, Nevada, Montana and Delaware, which were already offering some variations of sports lotteries before 1992. Other states of the US such as South Carolina, New Jersey, and New York want the US’s Supreme Court overturn the protection act and declare it null and void.

Senator Tony Avella introduced the SO1282 into the New York Senate, and the New York Assemblyman Gary Pretlow stated that he would be introducing another sports betting bill before the end of this year to pressure the Congress to make a final decision about PASPA. The Supreme Court is expected to make its ruling this month about the state of New Jersey’s appeal to be allowed to offer sports betting in the region.

In 2016, the National Football League together with the National Collegiate Athletic Association, National Basket League, National Hockey League and Major League Baseball filed a petition opposing the US Supreme Court case that wants to prohibit sport betting activities in New Jersey. The state is contemplating on allowing sports betting, and the various leagues feel that there are people who don't want this to happen.

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