OK. Now, what?
What can we expect to see as next steps following the Nov. 8 announcement by the New York State Gaming Commission of mobile sports betting providers and operators?
Here is a breakdown of what should be upcoming in New York sports betting:
Much of the launch timeline of when providers and operators can go live depends upon when servers can be placed in New York’s four commercial upstate casinos (Rivers Casino in Schenectady, Del Lago Casino in Waterloo, Resorts World Catskills in Monticello and Tioga Downs Casino in Nichols).
Mobile sports bets need to be routed though one of those four casino properties to operate.
“Each qualified bidder may select a gaming facility to house its servers, with the commission retaining final approval of the location. We cannot provide any metric on how long that may take,” Brad Maione, the NYSGC’s director of communications, said in an email.
One state senator emphasized that point in his statement after the historic announcement was made.
Addabbo Stresses Need to Be Ready by Super Bowl
“Of utmost importance remains the timeframe for the servers that validate the mobile bets to be up and running, ready to take New York’s first mobile sports bets in January and in time for the 2022 Super Bowl,” said state Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr., chair of the Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee.
“With New York moving closer to the goal line to witness its first mobile sports bet, we must remain focused on providing a premier product and giving New Yorkers the best mobile sports betting options in order to effectively compete with neighboring states like New Jersey.”
An important note: No approved operator/provider can launch until the regulations that were approved on Nov. 8 are printed in the state register. That hurdle has been cleared and those regulations were officially printed in the Wednesday, Nov. 24 edition of the state register.
The state’s Division of Administrative Rules (DAR) produces the weekly state register that provides information on the rule making activities of state agencies.
NY Following Test Period Formula
Once servers have been established, a soft launch test period would be conducted.
Other states with legalized sports betting have had test periods from 48 hours to a week under certain times. With New York being the fourth most populated state in the U.S., the test period could even be longer.
Addabbo, along with other legislators, hope to see mobile sports betting go live in early 2022, just in time for the Super Bowl on Feb. 13 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California or perhaps even earlier in the NFL playoffs. What that would mean for the Empire State is more revenue and more convenient options for New York bettors.