Sports gambling gets one step closer to finish line in New York

A start date for sports gambling in New York is finally in sight.

The state Gaming Commission rolled out regulations on Monday that could make it possible for wagering on sporting events after a 60-day public-comment period is complete. The rules will only apply to the four upstate commercial casinos, including Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady, and Native American casinos with other operators and internet platforms shut out because of restrictive language in the state constitution.

Gaming Commission Executive Director Rob Williams described the proposal in Monday’s meeting as a “solid regulatory structure” that will get sports gambling up and running as soon as possible, with “novel” ideas open to discussion at a later date.

The regulations were handed down nine months after the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door to sports gambling. After the comment period, the commission needs to approve the regulations or provide another 45-day comment period if substantive changes are made.

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