New York introduces bill to legalise sports betting

They’re seeking the legalisation of the activity at New York casinos, off-track betting parrots and racetracks.

US.- Five New York Senate members introduced a bill to legalise college and professional sports betting at casinos, racetracks and off-track betting parlors. The bill is now waiting on the Senate’s judiciary committee.

The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) settles that states can’t sponsor sports betting. PASPA passed in 1992 and prevented states from offering gambling lines on sports. Nevada, Oregon, Delaware, and Montana were granted special exemptions, as all four of those states were offering some variation of sports lotteries back in 1992. Other states, such as New Jersey, South Carolina and New York want the Supreme Court to declare null the protection act.

S01282 is sponsored by Senator Tony Avella, and New York Assemblyman Gary Pretlow said that he will introduce another sports betting bill sometime this year to pressure the Congress to make a decision about PASPA. The Supreme Court is supposed to make a decision this month in New Jersey’s appeal to allow sports betting in the state.

Back in December 2016, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) along with the National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL), National Basketball League (NBA) and the Major League Baseball (MLB) filed a brief where they oppose the US Supreme Court case that involves sports betting activity in New Jersey, one of the states that is currently waiting for a resolution to offer the gaming activity in the state.

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