Advertising for Sports Gambling – Limited to “Brick and Mortar” Casinos

As we reported previously, absent an amendment to the NY Constitution, there will be no on-line sports betting in New York.  Sports betting will be confined to “brick and mortar” casinos.  Last week the Gaming Commission issued proposed regulations for casino sports betting. The new rules may go into effect sometime in April or May 2019.  The rules will allow sports betting at the following casinos Tioga, Del Lago, Rivers and Resorts World Catskills.  Pursuant to a compact between NY State, Native American owned casinos may offer the same sports betting services. Thus, sports gambling may be permitted at the following casinos: Turning Stone, Seneca Niagara, Senaca Allegany, Seneca Buffalo, and Akwesasne Mohawk Resorts.

What about advertising? Depending on the Gaming Commission regulations, we expect stations may accept advertisements for sports betting that relate to these “brick and mortar” facilities. Again, any advertising for on-line sports betting would remain illegal in New York State.


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