New York Sports Betting
NY Legal Online Sports Betting Updates 2021
Last updated: December 7, 2021
Online sports betting is coming to New York. In-person sports betting began in 2019, and legislators approved NY mobile sports betting in April of 2021. The New York State Gaming Commission approved a total of nine operators for licensing to be online within the state as it goes live, expected before Super Bowl LVI in February 2022. Read on for online sportsbook choices, betting type restrictions, and insight into betting local NY teams.
NY Sports Betting Key Takeaways
Is sports betting in New York legal?
Yes, but only in-person sports betting is legal. Online sports betting received legislative approval in April 2021 and is expected to go live before the 2022 Super Bowl.
What are the requirements to bet online?
You must be 21 years of age and physically in the state (verifiable by your mobile device's geolocation tech, or a downloadable desktop plugin) to place wagers.
What sportsbooks will be available when mobile betting goes live?
What sports will I be able to bet on in New York?
You will be able to bet on all the major American league sports (NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, NHL) and more such as European basketball leagues, cricket and rugby.
When Will Mobile NY Sports Betting Go Live?
New York online sports betting is expected to launch before the 2022 Super Bowl in February.
While no official go-live date has been given, there has been some movement behind the scenes for a date to be set. Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. has requested for the New York State Gaming Commission to establish the same start date for all online sports betting operators, according to a report by PlayNY.com. In another report by iGB North America, Addabo said he thinks New York could start accepting online wagers by mid-January. We'll keep you updated as soon as a launch date is announced.
Where to Play: NY's Approved Online Sportsbooks
New York’s licensing procedures differed from most other states. Sportsbooks teamed up to submit bids, and two consortiums were selected. The first is DraftKings, FanDuel, Bally Sports and BetMGM. The second group consisted of PointsBet, Caesars, WynnBet, Kambi and Resorts World.
The list of sportsbooks approved for online operation for the next 10 years by the New York State Gaming Commission included:
- Bally Bet
- Resorts World
More than half of these books already have a physical foothold in in-state casinos: BetMGM, Caesars, DraftKings, BetRivers and FanDuel.
Even as legal books, it won’t be a lucrative market for most operators because of the 51% tax rate on profits imposed by the state. Keep in mind, nearby New Jersey has an 8.5% tax for in-person sports bets and a 13% tax for online and mobile sports bets.
However, because of New York's massive population, cultural significance to the sports landscape and the hope (with legal backing) that the tax rate will decrease to 35% with 13 total operators in the mix, major books have wanted to be a part of the market from the beginning for its long-term potential.
In an April 2021 report on the state's fiscal budget, Thomas P. DiNapoli, the state's comptroller, asserted that NY is expected to generate $1.2 billion in gambling revenue within the next few years despite restrictions.
The Books that Didn't Make the Cut Round 1
The names missing from New York include Fanatics and Barstool/Penn National, which teamed up to bid together.
New York Sportsbook Offers
What to Bet in NY and Sports Betting's Legalization
Sports Betting Law Details to Know as a Bettor
Once sports betting becomes legal in the state, you'll have the option to wager on a range of bet types and sports leagues. Unfortunately, wagering on New York college sports teams is not allowed.
What can I bet on?
Legal Bet Types in New York — Sports fans can bet a full range of bet types, including:
- Point Spreads. Spread betting is a bet on the final score and the margin of victory in a game. (See: Our Guide to Point Spread Betting)
- Moneylines. Moneyline betting is when you pick the outright winner of a game or event, either one team or another. (More detail here: Moneylines)
- First Half & Second Half. Halves let a bettor treat the first half and the second half as separate matches. (Additional insights: Half Bets)
- Totals. A total, also known as an over/under, is a bet on the number of points both teams will combine to score in a game. (See: Understanding Totals in Sports Betting)
- Futures. Future bets are a bet on an event that will be decided in the future (e.g., end-of-season results and awards). (More: Longer-term Betting: Futures)
- Player Props. A "prop" bet, short for a proposition, is a wager that is not directly tied to the final score or outcome. These can get creative. (See: Everything to Know About Prop Bets)
Available Sports — You can take advantage of the different bet types to wager on these sports legally:
- Football: NFL & CFL
- Basketball: NBA, WNBA, European/international baseball league
- Baseball: MLB
- Hockey: NHL, international hockey leagues
- Soccer: MLS, English Premier League, UEFA Champions League
- College sports: NCAA football and basketball (except for New York state teams)
- Golf: PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, PGA Tour Champions, PGA European
- Auto Racing: IndyCar, NASCAR, Formula One
Additional market choices like boxing, tennis, rugby and more will also be offered at New York's sportsbooks.
What can't I bet on in New York?
There is No Wagering on In-State College Teams ❌
What does this mean? You cannot bet on New York teams like Syracuse men's basketball or Army football. However, you can bet on college teams outside of the state.
There is No Individual Performance Prop Betting on College Sports ❌
You cannot bet that No. 5 on the Alabama Crimson Tide will score a touchdown in a particular game. However, you can bet on if a particular Crimson Tide player is favored to win the Heisman this season--because that's an out-of-state team.
NY Sports Betting Overview
How New York Compares: The Sports Betting Report Card
We graded New York on its sports betting bill and experience relative to other states.
New York will have online betting soon through eight sportsbook apps, which is a huge win for users in the state. The four retail casinos that previously offered sports betting were all at least an hour from New York City, and many much further. Illegal online betting continued to thrive over the last few years.
Competitive PricesWe're unsure how pricing will look given the 51% tax rate that will eat into operators' profits. It's possible sportsbooks start to bake in some of that cost into their odds. This was the fear in Tennessee because of its minimum hold percentage — which dictates that books must return at least 10% of every dollar wagered — but books have found creative ways to bake it into futures and parlays mainly, instead of making point spreads -120 instead of -110.
Market CoverageNew York won't be a completely open market, which does limit innovation, but nine sportsbooks — especially the biggest names in the industry — at the start is plenty for most users to line shop and find fun markets to bet. The disappointing hurdle is that the $20 million licensing fee will prevent scrappier, more unique companies from entering the market, like the low-fee betting exchanges starting to pop up in New Jersey.
New York's Legalization Timeline for Betting
It's still in the works getting legal NY sports betting to the goal line. We'll bet you care more about when you can start wagering than the legal history, but here are some of the important events along the way:
New York lawmakers are confident in launch of mobile sportsbooks in early 2022. Regulators are on pace to approve sportsbooks before Super Bowl LVI in February, but many questions remain. [Future of NY Sports Betting]
New York officially publishes sports betting rules. The state cleared another regulatory hurdle this month when it released its official online sports betting rules in the "New York State Register". [NY Online Sports Betting Rules and Regulations, Nov. 24]
Nine companies are approved to operate in NY. Big-time players like FanDuel and BetMGM were chosen to operate sportsbooks within the state. The final revenue tax rate will be 51%, which is the highest among states where mobile sports betting is legal. [NBC New York, Nov. 9]
A revenue tax matrix is proposed by the state. All applicants must agree to this proposed tax matrix before state officials decide which companies will be allowed to operate within the state. The tax rate would vary depending on how many operators the state allows, ranging from 35% to as high as 64%. The empty matrix is in the request for application, which can be found here.
State officials decide to forgo hearing oral presentations from operators. This news is sure to speed up the rollout of mobile sports betting across the state. Sports betting is targeted to be live by Super Bowl LVI in February 2022. [Elite Sports NY, Sept. 16]
Gov Cuomo resigns. One day after the applications for mobile sports betting are released to the public, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces his resignation. It’s unclear if this will hinder the process for introducing mobile sports betting. [Where NY Betting Stands, Aug. 10]
NYS Gaming Commission announces all of the bids received by deadline. All applications for Mobile Sports Wagering Platform Providers are due Aug. 9, 2021 by 4 p.m., shortly after the deadline, the Gaming Commission releases the list of bids they’ve received. Some big names teamed up together to form super bids. [Applications, Aug. 9]
New York State Gaming Commission outlines a scoring methodology for bidding process. The NYSGC releases their mobile sports betting Request for Applications, 8 days late. This includes a scoring system to help choose platform providers, with the max score being 75 through the points system, with 5 bonus points awarded for a revenue-sharing agreement with an in-state Native American tribe – maxing out at 80 possible points. [NYSGC doc, July 9]
Cuomo signs mobile sports betting into law. Gov. Cuomo officially legalized online sports betting as part of the state’s 2022 budget. [April 18]
New York approves mobile and online sports betting with Gov. Cuomo’s now limited-operator, government-bid model. The plan will be passed as part of the state’s $200 billion fiscal year 2022 budget. Many key details were not revealed. [Limited-Operator Model Approved, April 6]
The State Assembly releases its annual budget proposal. The budget proposal includes mobile sports betting as a way for the government to generate tax revenue.
New York sees record-setting month in sports betting. Following Cuomo’s announcement on his plans to legalize mobile sports betting, the state's four retail sportsbooks had a combined record-setting $3.57 million in grossing revenue in January.
Legislators release their 2021 online sports betting bill. Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. and Assemblyman Gary Pretlow release their NY online sports betting bill, jointly filed as S 1183 and A 1257. The bill calls for two skins per licensee. This bill differs from Cuomo’s expressed wishes of a lottery-style system which Cuomo believes will generate more funds for the state. [S 1183 and A 1257, Jan. 7]
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces that he intends to legalize online sports betting. His plans include running mobile/online sports betting through the state lottery, similar to that of New Hampshire’s model, as a means to generate tax revenue needed to help with the Covid-19 crisis and to prevent sweeping budget cuts. [NY Daily News, Jan. 6]
Gov. Andrew Cuomo warms to online sports betting. Cuomo, in a brief offhand comment, mentions sports betting among possible solutions to the state’s projected $15 billion budget shortfall. [Cuomo Hints at Sports Betting, Dec. 16]
Retail sports betting begins. Retail sports betting opened their doors with Schenectady’s Rivers Casino accepting their first sports bet, and seven additional retail sportsbooks opening since. [June 16]
New York Sports Betting Background
New York technically legalized retail sportsbooks as part of a voter-approved casino referendum in 2013, before the Supreme Court struck down the federal wagering ban in 2018.
The state’s first sportsbooks opened their doors in 2019 but generated a small fraction of the handle from statewide mobile wagering markets in neighboring New Jersey and Pennsylvania as well as a growing number of other states. That’s why the industry has eagerly watched New York’s statewide mobile rollout, a process that should conclude by early 2022. Officials are projecting more than $1 billion in gross gaming revenue and $500 million in tax revenues annually, but reaching those lofty goals will not come without substantial work.
Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who championed the 2013 amendment that allowed for four upstate and three downstate casinos, largely resisted online sports betting. After facing dwindling revenues and rising costs from the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Cuomo unexpectedly embraced mobile sports betting in January 2021.
However, Cuomo opposed a competitive sports betting model similar to New Jersey’s that would have allowed the state’s commercial and tribal casinos to partner with multiple online sports betting brands. He instead backed a government-bid model similar to the system in New Hampshire, arguing it would generate more revenue for the state.
Cuomo’s resignation announcement earlier this month upended local politics but will have little impact on the sports betting model the governor spearheaded, lawmakers have said. Cuomo and budget director Robert Mejia pushed the government bid model over lawmakers’ objections, arguing it would generate the most possible tax revenue for the state. Current Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul’s administration will have no direct political investment in Cuomo’s model and seems unlikely to have any further involvement in the process, a development lawmakers largely welcome.
NY DFS in limbo
Daily Fantasy Sports is still legal in New York — for now. The New York Court of Appeals in October ordered for reargument in a current case that will determine if DFS games are skill or chance. Anti-gambling groups have sued the state arguing that a 2016 law that legalized DFS contests violates state law. The state passed the 2016 law on the grounds that DFS is not gambling, but rather games of skill.
The New York Supreme Court in 2018 ruled that DFS is illegal because it runs contrary to the state's ban on gambling. In its decision, the Supreme Court agreed with the state there was skill in picking a team, but DFS players "cannot control how the athletes on their teams will perform in the real-world sporting events." A six-person panel will determine the outcome, though the reargument has led some experts to believe the court is deadlocked on the issue.
New York is DraftKing’s and FanDuel’s second-largest market behind only California. If the New York Court of Appeals rules against the state, DraftKings and FanDuel will have to stop DFS operations. However, the state's expected introduction of online sports betting in early 2022 would help make up for the loss of DFS. A timeline for the resolution of this case has not been provided.
New York Sports Betting Tips
Sports Betting for Beginners
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Sports Betting Glossary
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Sports Betting Mistakes to Avoid
Betting on your favorite teams like the Bills and Nets might seem like a no-brainer, but you need to manage your bankroll if you're going to sustain in the sports betting world and keep things in balance. Here are some sports betting mistakes to avoid. Don't overreact to that crushing Yankees moneyline defeat or choosing your heart over your head when it comes to the next Rangers' game!
How do taxes work with sports betting winnings (or losses)?
Whether you play online on a mobile device or at a physical sportsbook in New York, all sports betting winnings (and other gambling, including fantasy football) above $600 a year are taxed and must be reported. That amount could come from one big bet or smaller bets that add up to $600. The other details:
The federal tax rate on gambling winnings is 24%. When you win large amounts, the payer will often withhold 24% at the time you cash out. The payer also will provide you with a W2-G form to record the transaction. What would be considered a large amount of money? It depends on the game you are playing. The magic number for slot machines is $1,200 and it is closer to $1,500 for keno. The number goes up to $5,000 for sweepstakes, gambling pools and lotteries.
State taxes are dependent on your variable income, and whether you file single or jointly. The state tax rates are as low as 4% and as high as 10.9%. Here is the breakdown of the New York state tax brackets:
Income if Single
Income if Married
|4%||$0 - $8,500||$0 - $12,800|
|4.5%||$8,501 - $11,700||$12,801 - $17,650|
|5.25%||$11,701 - $13,900||$17,651 - $20,900|
|5.9%||$13,901 - $21,400||$20,901 - $32,200|
|5.97%||$21,401 - $80,650||$32,201 - $107,650|
|6.33%||$80,651 - $215,400||$107,651 - $269,300|
|6.85%||$215,401 - $1,077,550||$269,301 - $1,616,450|
|9.65%||$1,077,551 - $5,000,000||$1,616,451 - $5,000,000|
|10.30%||$5,000,001 - $25,000,000||$5,000,001 - $25,000,000|
|10.90%||$25,000,001 and up||$25,000,001 and up|
You can deduct sports betting losses, but only as an itemized deduction — foregoing the standard deduction that most people take. It may or may not be worth it to do so. Additionally, the losses you deduct can't be greater than the amount of gambling income you report.
Example: With $2,000 in winnings but $4,000 in losses, your deduction is limited to $2,000. You can’t write off the other $2,000 you lost.
Gambling losses claimed up to the number of winnings are classified as "other itemized deductions" on your Schedule A Form 1040 come tax time with the IRS.
We recommend bettors keep receipts and detailed records on betting activity — one of the reasons online sportsbooks are great. They're kept by default and easy to access.
What About the Books?
Consumers are not the only ones that have to pay taxes on their winnings. The sportsbook operators must pay their fair share too, and in New York, the “fair share” is much greater than other states. The tax rate for sportsbook operators in New York is a whopping 51%. This rate is applied to the profit that the operators bring in. It is speculated that sportsbooks may try to make up this lost profit by offering worse odds and pricing to their consumers in New York.
Disclaimer: It is possible to cash out small profits for multiple trips if you play casino games such as blackjack and poker. Even if you are not served with a W2-G, it is YOUR responsibility to claim your winnings on Form 1040 when it is time to file your taxes.
New York Highlights
The First Nine Mobile Sportsbooks are Approved in New York
The NYSGC approves licenses for nine mobile sportsbook operators. Included are big names such as DraftKings, FanDuel, and BetMGM. The revenue that these operators bring in will be taxed at a rate of 51%, the highest of any state where mobile sports betting is legal. New York officials still plan for mobile books to accept bets by February 2022.
Applicants Must Agree to New York’s Proposed Tax Matrix
All mobile betting platforms that applied as an operator must agree to the state of New York’s proposed rate matrix by 10/25/21. This tax rate is dependent on how many sportsbooks are allowed to operate in the state. Rates range anywhere from 35% to 64%.
New York State Gaming Commission Begins to Hear Presentations from Potential Sportsbook Operators
While sports betting legislation has been passed in the state of New York, there are still some details that need to be ironed out. The NYSGC needs to determine which companies will be able to operate their mobile books within the state. That process begins today with the NYSGC hearing proposals from many sportsbook operators nationwide. State officials are hopeful that sports betting will be available via mobile by February 2022.
New York Sports Betting Faces Uncertain Future Under Bid Model, Lawmakers Say
Lawmakers are increasingly confident New York’s first mobile sportsbooks will launch early next year but acknowledge much of the market’s future beyond its pending launch remains uncertain.
New York Sports Betting: What Comes Next for Online Bids?
Sen. Joseph Addabbo, who pushed for the competitive model, told The Action Network he thinks Gov. Cuomo’s pending resignation will have little impact on the current sports betting system in the near future. With Cuomo out of office, lawmakers may expedite licensure for the three downstate casinos, which by the original 2013 referendum weren’t allowed to offer full “Las Vegas-style” gaming until seven years after the upstate casinos were up and running.
Where New York Sports Betting Stands After Andrew Cuomo’s Resignation
On the heels of an investigation that found he sexually harassed 11 women, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation, only a day after the bids for the state’s mobile sports gambling licenses went public. That timing has left some in the sports betting space to wonder whether the pace to introduce mobile sports betting within the Big Apple would slow was a result of Cuomo’s resignation.
New York Sports Betting Applications: Big Names Dominate Bids
The nation’s top sportsbooks have teamed together for one of the coveted New York online sports betting licenses. These conjoined bids — instead of separate, competing proposals — will likely favor America’s more established companies and could see as many as nine customer-facing brands enter the market.
Cuomo Signs Mobile Sports Betting into Law
Gov. Andrew Cuomo officially legalized online sports betting as part of the state's sweeping 2022 budget legislation. New York bettors now await approval for the handful of online sportsbooks permitted to operate under the 2021 legislation.
New York Online Sports Betting Is Approved With Gov. Cuomo’s Limited-Operator Model
New York will approve a limited-operator, government-bid online sports betting model that was backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and opposed by most state lawmakers and the gaming industry at large.
New York Experiences Record-Setting Month in Sports Betting
On the back of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's comments surrounding the potential of legalizing mobile sports betting, New York's four retail sportsbooks experienced a combined record-setting $3.57 million in gross gaming revenue in January.
New York Lawmakers File Bill to Legalize Online Sports Betting
Sen. Joseph Addabbo and Assemblyman Gary Pretlow both filed bills on the legalization of online sports betting to the state Senate and Assembly, respectively. The bills, s1183 and a1257, include a 12% tax on gaming revenue and, unlike Cuomo's stance, would have the industry regulated by casinos rather than the state lottery.
Gov. Cuomo Eyes Legalization of Mobile Sports Betting in 2021
In his 2021 State of the State address, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his intentions of legalizing mobile sports betting in New York state, running the industry through the state lottery. He believes online sports betting will help combat the debt NY was hit with due to COVID-19.
Cuomo Hints at New York Online Sports Betting, But Hopes Could Still Rest with D.C.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo tantalized the gaming industry recently when he mentioned sports betting among possible solutions to the state’s projected $15 billion budget shortfall. The brief, off-hand comment was still his closest embrace for legal online wagering in New York from the man who has, perhaps more than anyone else, stood in its way.
New York Online Sports Betting Could Get Another Look in 2020
Falling revenues, rising costs and a looming budget deficit could, finally, compel New York online sports betting , two lawmakers said during a gaming industry conference.
New York Teams
New York Teams to Bet on
Pro Sports Teams
NFL Betting in New York
New York Jets
Joining the American Football League (AFL) for the 1960 season as the Titans of New York, they adopted the Jets name three years later. Though they've made the playoffs 14 times, the Jets have just one championship in 1968 (Super Bowl III). They've been to four AFC Conference Championships since but have lost each time. The Jets have the third-longest Super Bowl drought in the NFL.
Despite being named the New York Jets, their home games are at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. They will start the upcoming season with a brand new coaching staff led by former San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.
Week 14 Odds: New Orleans Saints vs. New York Jets
Here are the live-odds (via BetMGM) for this upcoming Week 14 battle. Check out more about this matchup here.
New Orleans Saints
Over 43.5 (-110)
New York Jets
Under 43.5 (-110)
New York Giants
The New York Giants are the oldest-established team in the NFL, as one of the five original teams to join the NFL in 1925. Since the Super Bowl era, the Giants have won four titles, their most recent in 2011. Their most notable Super Bowl victory came in 2007 when David Tyree's helmet catch late in the fourth quarter helped push NY over the undefeated New England Patriots, 17-14. The Giants have won eight NFC East titles and five conference titles.
Like the Jets, the Giants technically play in New Jersey at MetLife Stadium. They are led by second-year head coach Joe Judge fresh off a 6-10 season. Star running back Saquon Barkley will return from a torn ACL that cut his 2020 season short alongside quarterback Daniel Jones, who will begin his third year under center for the Big Blue.
Week 14 Odds: New York Giants vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Here are the live odds (via BetMGM) for this upcoming Week 14 battle. Check out more about this matchup here.
New York Giants
Over 45.5 (-110)
Los Angeles Chargers
Under 45.5 (-110)
The Buffalo Bills are the only professional football team that plays their home games in the state of New York. The team was founded in 1960 as part of the American Football League (AFL) and later joined the NFL a decade later as part of the merger. Buffalo has yet to win a Super Bowl despite its four appearances, all consecutive from 1990-93. The Bills do have two AFL Championships and a total of 20 playoff appearances across both leagues (16 in the NFL).
The Bills play their games at Bills Stadium, which has been their home since 1973. It was formerly known as New Era Field from 2016-20 before both sides mutually agreed to part ways. The Bills will enter the season as defending AFC East champions with star quarterback Josh Allen under center. They are coached by Sean McDermott, who ended the Bills' 18-year playoff drought in 2017. He has made the playoffs all but once, and Buffalo will look to return to the postseason for the third consecutive year.
Week 14 Odds: Buffalo Bills vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Here are the live-odds (via BetMGM) for this upcoming Week 14 battle. Check out more about this matchup here.
Over 52.5 (-110)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Under 52.5 (-110)
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- How to Bet on Football Guide
- Check our Expert NFL Picks
- Keep an eye on betting activity and bet/money distribution with our NFL Public Betting data
NBA Betting in New York
New York Knicks
The New York Knicks' first season came in 1946 as part of the Basketball Association of America (BAA). They merged with the National Basketball League to form the NBA three years later. Instantly, the Knicks found success in the new league, making three straight NBA Finals appearances starting in 1950. It wasn't until 1970, however, when the Knicks took home their first championship.
In eight NBA Finals appearances, the Knicks have won twice, both coming in the 1970s under head coach Red Holzman. The Knicks have won eight division titles, their last coming in 2013. They haven't been to the playoffs since.
New York is currently coached by newly-hired Tom Thibodeau and battling for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They are led by star big man Julius Randle, who is averaging a double-double. The Knicks play in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference and host their home games at Madison Square Garden, the oldest arena in the NBA.
The Brooklyn Nets' origin can be traced back to 1967 when they joined the American Basketball Association (ABA) as the New Jersey Americans. They relocated to Long Island and rebranded as the New York Nets a year later. In the ABA, the Nets won two championships, including the last year of the league before its NBA merger in 1976. They relocated to New Jersey and remained there until 2012 before yet another move, this time to Brooklyn.
The Nets have yet to win an NBA Championship but did appear in back-to-back Finals starting in 2002. Their last playoff appearance came this past season, ending in an eventual 4-0 sweep by the Toronto Raptors in the first round. The Nets currently play their games at the Barclays Center.
Since free agent signings of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, as well as a trade to bring over superstar James Harden from Houston, the Nets are among the favorites to win the NBA Championship in 2021. They are coached by first-year head coach Steve Nash and compete in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference.
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MLB Betting in New York
New York Yankees
The New York Yankees joined the MLB in 1901 as the Baltimore Orioles before being purchased and moving to the state two years later as the Highlanders. They became the Yankees in 1913.
The Yankees are the most successful MLB team in history with 27 World Series and 40 American League pennants. They have won four consecutive World Series twice and nine total from 1950 through 1960. Their last championship came in 2009.
Despite not having playoff success in recent years, New York has made four straight postseasons, its last coming in 2020. Led by star pitcher Gerrit Cole, 2020 batting title holder DJ LeMahieu and reigning home run champion Luke Voit (along with stars Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton), the Yankees are set up for success. New York plays its home games at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx and is coached by Aaron Boone.
New York Mets
As part of the second set of expansion teams to be brought to the MLB, the Mets were founded in 1962. Though they struggled at first, the "Miracle Mets" made a Cinderella story run in 1969 en route to their first-ever World Series, upsetting the Baltimore Orioles. They added another title in 1986, their most recent to date.
The Mets made a World Series appearance in 2015, but they've underperformed in recent years. The team was purchased by Steve Cohen in the 2020 offseason for $2.4 billion, and the Mets have bolstered the roster since. The Mets traded for star shortstop Francisco Lindor and added to its pitching staff. Competing in the National League East, the Mets are led by two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and bring in an offense that ranked first in batting average in 2020. They play their home games at Citi Field and are managed by second-year head coach Luis Rojas.
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NHL Betting in New York
New York Rangers
The New York Rangers were founded in 1926 and are one of the Original Six before the NHL's expansion in 1967. The Rangers have won the Stanley Cup four times, most recently in 1993-94 on the back of then-captain Mark Messier. They have been to the Stanley Cup one time since, a loss to the Los Angeles Kings in 2014.
The Rangers are led by star Artemi Panarin, a 2020 finalist for the Hart Trophy. They play their games at Madison Square Garden, which has been their home since its opening in 1968. The Rangers are coached by David Quinn.
New York Islanders
The New York Islanders were founded in 1972 and after two years began the best era of its franchise. The Islanders made 14 straight playoff appearances, won 19 straight playoff series and took home four straight Stanley Cups from 1979-83. They have largely been unable to replicate similar success since.
The Islanders currently play their home games at Nassau Coliseum but will be moving to UBS Arena for the 2021-22 NHL season. They are led by star forward Mathew Barzal, who has led the team in points each of the last three seasons. Barry Trotz is the current head coach for the Isles, now in his third year with the team.
Established in 1970, the Buffalo Sabres have never won the Stanley Cup and are tied for the longest active title drought. They haven't been to the playoffs in the last nine seasons. This is unlike the Sabres, who had previously never missed the playoffs more than three years in a row.
The Sabres play their games at KeyBank Center, their home since 1996. They are led by star center Jack Eichel, who has led the team in points the last four seasons. Ralph Krueger is in his second year as head coach of the Sabres; it's his second pro gig and first since leading Edmonton in the 2012-13 season.
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MLS Betting in New York
New York City FC
New York City FC joined the MLS in 2015 as an expansion team, and after a bumpy first season finished second in the Eastern Conference in 2016. Despite making the playoffs in four consecutive years, NYC FC hasn't had a lot to show for it.
NY City FC lost several key players this past offseason. Captain Alexander Ring and defender Ronald Matarrita left for other MLS teams, while forward Alexandru Mitrita was sent on loan to Al-Ahli. They play their home games at Yankee Stadium and are coached by Ronny Deila.
New York Red Bulls
The Red Bulls have been around since MLS's inaugural season in 1996, first as the MetroStars before rebranding as the Red Bulls a decade later. Despite their long history in the league, the Red Bulls have made the MLS Cup just once — a loss to the Columbus Crew in 2008.
The Red Bulls, like the Jets and Giants, actually play their games in New Jersey and not New York. They play their home games at Red Bull Arena, which opened in 2010, and are coached by Gerhard Struber.
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WNBA Betting in New York
New York Liberty
The Liberty are one of the eight original franchises from the WNBA's founding in 1997. They have been very successful in the regular season, making the playoffs 14 times and the WNBA Finals on four occasions. However, they have yet to win a championship. The Liberty play in the Eastern Conference and are coached by Walt Hopkins.
The Liberty have hit a rough stretch over the last few years after winning the conference in three consecutive seasons from 2015-17. They are a combined 19-71 since. The Liberty drafted Sabrina Ionescu with the No. 1 pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft; she's the only NCAA Division I basketball player ever to record 2,000 points, 1,000 assists and 1,000 rebounds in a career. Ionescu will be the star of the Liberty for the foreseeable future.
College Sports Teams in New York
There are 22 colleges in New York state that field Division I athletics, no school more popular than Syracuse. The program that has nicknamed itself "New York's College Team" fields a historic college basketball program and is the most successful athletics program in the state.
College Football Betting
Syracuse Orange Football
Since its transition to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in 2013, the Syracuse football program has struggled to regain its footing. But the program's storied history includes eight players who have gone on to earn a Hall of Fame induction, the fourth-most of any school. That list includes Jim Brown, Marvin Harrison and Larry Csonka, among others.
The Orange claim one national championship — an undefeated season in 1959 capped off with a 23-14 win over Texas. Ernie Davis scored two touchdowns in that game, including an 87-yard receiving TD in the first quarter. Davis would later become the first-ever African American recipient of the Heisman Trophy in 1961. Syracuse has won five conference titles, including three straight with Donovan McNabb under center from 1996-98. The Orange play their games at the Carrier Dome on campus with a current capacity of 49,250. They are coached currently by Dino Babers.
Army Black Knights Football
One of seven football programs competing as an independent, Army is known for its triple-option on offense. The Black Knights claim three national championships — coming consecutively starting in 1944 — and have three Heisman winners. Under head coach Jeff Monken, Army has made four bowl games over the last five seasons. They play their home games at Michie Stadium in West Point.
Buffalo Bulls Football
The Buffalo Bulls football program has been a member of the Mid-American Conference since moving up to the FBS level in 1999 and has one conference title. The Bulls have been to three straight bowl games, including back-to-back wins over Charlotte and Marshall. Buffalo plays its home games on campus at UB Stadium and is coached currently by Lance Leipold.
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College Basketball Betting in New York
Syracuse Orange Men's Basketball
Syracuse basketball remains one of the most historic and notable college basketball programs in the country despite its recent struggles. The Orange are sixth all-time in both wins (2,026*) and NCAA Tournament appearances (40), and they're eighth in Final Four appearances (six). The Orange's lone championship came in 2003 with freshman phenom Carmelo Anthony leading the way. Coached by Jim Boeheim, now in his 45th season at the helm, Syracuse is known for its patented 2-3 zone on defense.
Syracuse plays its home games on campus at the Carrier Dome with a capacity of 35,446, though it was able to fit a record-breaking 35,642 for 2019's matchup against Duke. It is the largest college basketball arena, holding nearly 10,000 more than the second-largest (Kentucky's Rupp Arena).
*Due to sanctions in 2015, Syracuse was forced to vacate 101 wins. Counting that against its record, the Orange would then have 1,925 as of Feb. 18, 2021.
St. John's Red Storm Men's Basketball
Another historic and successful college basketball team, St. John's ranks ninth all-time with 1,871 wins and has made the NCAA Tournament 30 times. The Red Storm have never won a national title but have won 14 regular-season conference championships and made the Elite Eight six times. Their lone NCAA Tournament finals appearance ended in a loss against Kansas in 1952.
The most notable St. John’s player to come out of the program is Hall-of-Famer and Dream Team member Chris Mullin, who coached the team for four seasons as well. The Red Storm are currently led by former Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson and play their home games at Carnesecca Arena.
Buffalo Bulls Men's Basketball
The Buffalo Bulls have quickly become a consistent contender in the Mid-American Conference in large part thanks to former head coach Nate Oats. Before Oats took over in 2015, Buffalo had just two regular-season conference championships and one NCAA Tournament appearance. Oats took the Bulls to three conference tournament championships and three NCAA Tournament berths in four years, even upsetting Deandre Ayton and No. 4-seeded Arizona in 2018. Since his departure for Alabama, Buffalo has remained near the top of the MAC standings. They are now coached by Jim Whitesell and play home games at Alumni Arena in Amherst.
Cornell Big Red Men's Basketball
Cornell competes in the Ivy League Conference and has struggled for the better part of the last decade. The height of the Big Red's success came under then-head coach Steve Donahue from 2007-10, when the team went a combined 72-21, winning three regular-season conference championships and gaining as many NCAA Tournament berths. Their best year came in Donahue's last with the team, as Cornell won its first NCAA Tournament game ever and made it to the Sweet 16 in an eventual loss to No. 1 Kentucky. Cornell is currently coached by Brian Earl and plays its home games at Newman Arena on campus.
St. Bonaventure Bonnies Men's Basketball
St. Bonaventure is one of the more successful mid-majors in the state with seven NCAA Tournament appearances and a Final Four back in 1970. The Bonnies have one Atlantic 10 conference championship and last made the NCAA Tournament in 2018, defeating UCLA in a play-in game before falling to Florida in the Round of 64. Coached currently by Mark Schmidt, St. Bonaventure plays its home games at the Reilly Center.
Iona Gaels Men's Basketball
Iona basketball has long been one of the top competitors in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, winning four straight conference tournament championships from 2016-19 and a league-record 12 MAAC titles. The Gaels have also been to 14 NCAA Tournaments (one was vacated by the NCAA, however) but have been to the Round of 32 just once. Iona is now coached by Rick Pitino in his first college basketball coaching gig since being fired following the 2017 Louisville scandal. The Gaels play their home games at Hynes Athletic Center.
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New York has a few notable events that extend beyond its in-state teams for sports fans and bettors alike to enjoy, including:
This annual tennis championship is held every year in Queens at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The US Open is the last of the four Grand Slam tournaments and is played on acrylic hard courts.
The defending champion is Dominic Thiem, who came back from down two sets to reverse sweep and win his first-ever Grand Slam. This year’s US Open will be held from Aug. 30 to Sept. 12.
Big East Tournament
This is an annual conference tournament that awards one team from the Big East with an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. It is held annually at Madison Square Garden.
2K Sports Classic
Held in November at the beginning of the NCAA men's basketball season, the 2K Classic is an eight-team tournament with each team representing a different conference. The semifinals and finals have been held at Madison Square Garden since 1998.
The National Invitation Tournament is a college basketball postseason event consisting of 32 teams that did not receive a berth to the NCAA Tournament. The semifinals and championship games are held in Madison Square Garden.
The Pinstripe Bowl
This is an NCAA-certified college football game that has been played in the postseason annually since 2010. The Pinstripe Bowl is sponsored by New Era and organized by the Yankees. This game is played in Yankee Stadium and will be represented by a team in the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big Ten Conference through the 2025 season.
Go Bowling at the Glen
Part of the NASCAR Cup Series, Go Bowling at the Glen is an annual race that has been held at Watkins Glen International since 1986. This race is sponsored by Go Bowling and typically takes place in early August. Chase Elliott has won the last two races, which consist of 90 laps for a total of 221 miles.
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Upstate NY Gaming Economic Development Act (S5883)
The Up State NY Gaming Economic Development Act of 2013 established four commercial casinos in Upstate New York and allowed for in-person sports betting at these resorts if a federal ban were to be lifted. The State Gaming Commission oversees the regulation of these locations.
Additional Sports News
To supplement Action, you can find additional local sports coverage through these newspapers:
- The New York Times
- New York Daily News
- The Buffalo News
- The Post-Standard
- Democrat and Chronicle
New York's Sports Betting Authority
Currently, the New York State Gaming Commission regulates any kind of gaming in the state. This includes casino gaming, the lottery, horse racing and in-person sports betting, among others.
NY Sports Betting Destinations
Del Lago Resort & Casino - DraftKings
The DraftKings Sportsbook retail location at Del Lago Resort Casino is located in Waterloo, which is about five hours away from New York City. The 6,000-square-foot facility, which opened in August 2019, is located on the casino floor and has 23 betting kiosks, four betting windows, a full food menu and more. Hours: Tuesdays-Wednesdays 8 a.m.-noon; Thursdays-Mondays 8 a.m.-2 a.m.
Tioga Downs Casino - FanDuel & Betfair
The retail FanDuel Sportsbook is located at the Tioga Downs Casino Resort in Nichols, which is about 3-and-a-half hours away from New York City. The new 2,600-square-foot-facility offers seating for about 50 customers and feature eight bettings windows with 27 video displays. Hours: Tuesdays 1-10 p.m.; Wednesdays-Fridays 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturdays-Mondays 9 a.m.-midnight
Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady - BetRivers & Kambi
The BetRivers Sportsbook lounge is located in Schenectady. The retail sportsbook offers VIP club chairs, table seating and five private booths with TV monitors that allows up to six people per booth. Included in the setup is a state-of-the-art 53-inch LED video wall with 22 additional TV screens. Hours: Mondays-Thursdays 10 a.m.-midnight; Fridays 10-1 a.m.; Saturdays 9-1 a.m.; Sundays 9 a.m.-midnight
Turning Stone Resort & Casino - Caesars
The Turning Stone Resort & Casino also offers a Caesars Sportsbook experience. This retail location in Verona features a 500-square-foot curved LED screen that is visible from three sides. Food, beer and cocktails are available here, and there is a luxury VIP area with dedicated screens. Hours: Mondays-Fridays noon-10 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Yellow Brick Road Casino - Caesars
Another casino partnered with Caesars Sportsbook, this lounge at Yellow Brick Road Casino is located in Chittenango. This location features a 32-foot video wall and more then 30 large-screen TVs. There is room for more than 200 fans here, and if you want, you can reserve one of the seven available VIP fan caves for exclusive game-day events. Hours: Mondays-Fridays noon-10 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Point Place Casino - Caesars
This Caesars Sportsbook lounge at Point Place Casino in Bridgeport offers a 24-foot high-resolution video wall with 30 LED screens. Food, beer and cocktails are served here, and a VIP section is open for reservations if you call ahead. Hours: Mondays-Fridays noon-10 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Resorts World Catskills - bet365
Another premier New York casino experience.
Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino
Closer to the NY/PA border, this resort and casino is one of the best in NY. Whether you want to game, relax, or get married, this is the resort for you!
Resorts World Casino
This casino is located in New York City and is one of the biggest in the state. With over 1,300 table games and 4,900 slots, there is no shortage of action here!
Jake's 58 Hotel & Casino
This slot-only casino is open 24/7 for unlimited fun! With an in-house bar and dining options, this hotel has plenty of options for refreshment.