Under Cuomo’s proposal, mobile sports operators would have to obtain a state license and be tied to a licensed gaming facility, according to the Daily News. He’ll reportedly ask the New York State Gaming Commission to seek proposals for offering mobile sports betting and to ensure operators of gaming apps include protections against addiction and abuses.
Residents in neighboring New Jersey have been able to place sports wagers through their phones and computers since 2018 and the state is set to overtake Nevada as the country’s largest betting market. In November, residents (and gamblers hopping over from New York and elsewhere) placed over $872 million in online bets, which generated over $30 million in taxes. That brought the state’s haul from online sports betting to $268.8 million for 2020 so far, with final numbers to be revealed next week.