Public weigh-in period begins for sports betting in NYS

Mar 20, 2019

Upstate New York casinos authorized to offer sports gambling could be accepting wagers by Memorial Day weekend.

The state Gaming Commission formally posted its rules for sports betting Wednesday, starting a 60-day period during which the public can weigh in on the issue. After 60 days, sports wagering would be allowed at the four privately owned non-Indian-owned casinos.

The agency will select a date when sports betting will be allowed to legally begin.

In January, gaming officials approved regulations for sports wagering at private casinos in the Southern Tier, the Finger Lakes region, Schenectady and the Catskills. They are required to have a sports wagering lounge to accept bets, with automated ticket systems allowed but only within the lounges.

Several Indian-owned casinos also plan to offer sports betting.