Tribal Issues Slow Mobile NY Sports betting negotiations in the ongoing budget process
It’s five days later April and there is still no answer on the phone NEW Sports betting on the state budget, which should have been decided last week.
The New York State budget is days overdue at this point as several areas are still under negotiation. One of those areas is sports betting in New York and whether it will finally make the leap to mobile devices this year.
Details should have come together on that $ 200 billion Budget late Sunday according to Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.
There was more disagreement than originally expected in the sports betting negotiations between Governor Andrew Cuomo, the Assembly, and the senate. Cuomo advocates a limited edition model that his office believes will bring in $ 500 million in annual tax revenue.
Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. and Rep. Gary PretlowIn the meantime, they continue to fight for their proposed model. The two want to see 14th Skins in four commercial casinos and three tribal gaming partners. At the very least, Pretlow expects a lottery monopoly model similar to Cuomo’s vision to be the worst-case scenario for mobile betting in New York.
Could Upstate be banned from mobile sports betting in New York?
If Cuomo finds its way, chances are some New Yorkers won’t be able to place mobile sports bets.
Senator Joe Griffo announced Thursday that 10 counties in the hinterland could be excluded from participating in mobile betting if tribal partners are not included in the agreement.
An agreement between the state and the Oneida Indians of 2013 says that games that are not offered by Oneida cannot take place in their exclusivity zone.
“It is a terrible public policy to exclude large swaths of New York State from participating in mobile betting, and it would be unfair to these residents,” Griffo said. “If tribal nations were not included in the final bill of the state, we would potentially be disenfranchised millions of New Yorkers from participating in mobile sports betting and the economic benefits that come with it.”
Griffo was later joined by congregation members Marianne Buttenschone and Pamela Hunter in the call to include tribal partners.
Report: Oneida ‘s exclusion could jeopardize revenue sharing
Keeping the Oneida Indians out of the deal could void their agreement with the state, a tribal source said Tom Precious the Buffalo News:
Oneida Indian source: Senate’s mobile sports betting plan – says bets take place where servers are – would violate NYS Pact 13 with Tribe by denying servers on Oneida land. According to a Fed violation of law, Oneidas would split $ 70 million in annual slots shared with state / location.
– Tom Precious (@TomPreciousALB) April 5, 2021
Addabbo: Little chance of legalization beyond budget
The legalization of mobile New York sports betting lives and does not die, at least technically, through the budget process.
The two bills of Addabbo and Pretlow – S 1183 and A 1257each – could still be submitted as separate invoices. Given that this process has failed in the past, Addabbo is not optimistic about these opportunities:
“I have very little hope that we will solve gaming problems after the budget, because what is the incentive?”