Great news for fans of the Nets, Knicks, Islanders, Rangers, and Albany Empire. In today's coronavirus press briefing, Governor Andrew Cuomo said the current 10% capacity limit set on all indoor sports arenas in New York state will increase to 25% on Wednesday, May 19th. This is great news for teams like the Nets, Knicks, and Islanders who all appear to be headed to postseason play. The Rangers are far from a lock for the postseason but still alive thanks to a four-game sweep over the New Jersey Devils. This also confirms the reports that the Albany Empire would be able to host 25% of the Times Union Center for their home opener now scheduled for Saturday, May 29th.
Late Wednesday New York State Lawmakers and Governor Andrew Cuomo agreed to a plan that would make mobile sports betting legal here in the Empire State. Thanks to a need to infuse some new revenue into the states budget and try reduce New York's deficit we will be able to vote on mobile devices across the state maybe as soon as this NFL season.
The New York State Amateur Hockey Association has begun legal action against Governor Andrew Cuomo in an attempt to resume hockey in New York State. The board of directors for NYSAHA have retained legal counsel and posted a letter on their website stating their intentions to obtain a court ruling that will allow the resumption of hockey in New York State.
The state of gambling in New York has confused me for years now. In a state where you can play the lottery, Quick Draw, scratch-off tickets, and bet horses we couldn't legally bet sports. As a guy that enjoys a wager on games now and then I was thrilled when Rivers Casino and Resort was able to open a sportsbook but still confused as to why mobile betting that has been very lucrative for New Jersey was still banned? Now it appears the governor has decided to stop letting that potential revenue leak into New Jersey and will support mobile sports wagering in his upcoming State of the State address.
Unfortuantely for New York state sports fans, mobile betting will not be available in the Empire state in 2019. Earlier this week, the New York state assembly ended its session without a resolution on mobile betting.
Governor Andrew Cuomo is hoping that the old faithful Buffalo Bills fans will be a push to keep him in office. Cuomo's latest tactic involves a video that shows his loyalty to the Bills, and his counterpart Rob Astorino, a life-long Miami Dolphins fan, cheering for the division foe.