sports betting

Seneca Gaming Corporation

The Buffalo Bills won't be making an appearance, but with an estimated 100 million television viewers, Sunday is one of THE days to bet on sports.

Jesse King

It’s no secret that New York state is facing a fiscal emergency in 2021. With revenues sharply down because of the coronavirus pandemic and federal relief left out of the latest COVID package, legislative leaders are discussing raising taxes on the wealthy to help plug a $15 billion shortfall.

Jay Moran/WBFO

What does it say about a sportswriter who retired three years ago but spent a week this winter reporting on six different sporting events? “It’s still fun to go to games,” said Budd Bailey, who retired from the Buffalo News in 2017. “As I tell people, I’d like to think I see more games in Buffalo than anybody else in town.”  While he clearly hasn’t grown tired of sports after four decades of coverage, he did share concerns over how sports journalism may be losing out in a changing marketplace. 

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Months after New York State enacted legalized sports betting, the first such wager was placed at Seneca Buffalo Creek in its newly-opened sports betting lounge. While a specific number was not readily available, Seneca leaders believe the addition of sports wagers will bring a significant uptick in casino revenues.

del Lago Resort & Casino

Sports betting will officially open at del Lago Resort & Casino on Friday afternoon. The casino is partnering with the online sports betting company DraftKings.

Tioga Downs

Gambling regulators in New York have voted to allow sports betting at four upstate casinos.

What are the odds of sports betting in NYS?

May 30, 2019
Leila Fadel / National Public Radio

It has been a year since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 1992 federal law prohibiting sports betting in most states. The PASPA (Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act) decision - as it is called - opened the door to a new multibillion-dollar revenue stream that states have been exploring aggressively since, but a number of legal questions kept it from New York's budget this year. Here is a look at where the issue stands.

Leila Fadel / National Public Radio

New York lawmakers are taking a closer look at authorizing sports betting on smart phones and whether it would require a change to the state Constitution.


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

Sports betting isn’t quite ready for casinos in New York State, but if and when that happens, an area resort plans to partner with a company that is well known in the world of fantasy sports.

On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that a federal ban on sports betting is unconstitutional. The ruling, based on a New Jersey case, allows states to decide for themselves whether to allow it. New York State allows gaming, from Native-run casinos to racinos that host video slots to Off-Track Betting centers. The Supreme Court ruling raises the question: will sports betting soon join the list of gambling options in the state?