New York Senate Approves Mobile Sports Betting, But Obstacles Remain

Legislation that would legalize mobile sports betting in New York cleared its first hurdle on Monday afternoon, but the two largest hurdles still remain in place with no immediate signs of movement.

The New York Senate voted 57-5 to pass a bill that would allow commercial and tribal casinos in the state to offer mobile betting in addition to land-based sportsbooks offerings that are already permitted under existing law.

The bill would also allow affiliate retail locations to offer sports wagering kiosks through partnerships with the commercial casinos.

Racetracks and off-track betting (OTB) locations would be permitted to become affiliated partners immediately, while video lottery racinos would have to wait 12 months after the bill becomes law.

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