New York first legalized sports betting at its commercial casinos back in 2013. However, due to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA), there was a federal ban in place that prevented the casinos from launching sportsbooks. But when, on May 14th 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that PASPA was unconstitutional, the state was free to launch its sports betting industry.
However, it wasn’t until July 2019 that the state’s sportsbooks began taking their first bets at the casinos. The legislation that passed in 2013 only allowed for retail betting, but in early 2021, the state legislature gave formal approval to the launch of mobile sports betting products based on Governor Cuomo’s model that would see two main operators run the industry with skins licensed to other operators.
The hope is that mobile sportsbooks will launch in time for the 2021 NFL season.