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Can you bet on college sports in NY?

Publish Date: 22/01/2022
Fact checked by: Josh Schwartz

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New York sports betting is officially live, with a total of five sportsbooks now available to sports fans aged 21 and over in the Empire State.

FanDuel, DraftKings, Caesars Sportsbook, and BetRivers Sportsbook all went live on January 8, and were soon joined by BetMGM just over a week later on January 9.

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Additionally, a further four sportsbooks have been approved to launch, and are all expected to go live in early 2022. Reports suggest that the next mobile sportsbooks to launch in New York could do so before the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 13.

This means that you can now bet on all of your favorite sports, players, and teams in NYC. However, many have been left confused with regards to the situation of betting on college sports with NY betting sites.

The legislation is somewhat complex, but fortunately, CaptainGambling is on hand to clear things up for you.

Betting on College Sports in New York - This is what you need to know 

So can you bet on college sports in New York State? Yes, you can, sort of - basically there are a few major caveats. If you’ve already signed up to one of the NY spotsbooks that launch this month, and you’ve checked out the betting markets on college sports, you may have noticed that a few things were missing. The information below should explain things and make it clear what you legally can and can’t do with regard to betting on college sports in New York.

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New college sports betting - What you can’t do

  • Bet on New York college teams

The regulatory conditions of the New York State Gaming Commission prohibit betting on any college sports teams based anywhere in the state. You, therefore, won’t find any betting markets for Buffalo Bulls games, Columbia Lions games, and so on. This rule applies regardless of whether the team is playing home or away.

  • Bet on events being held in New York

In addition to New York-based college sports teams, college sports events that are taking place in New York are also excluded from legal mobile sports betting in the Empire State. Even if none of the teams playing are New York-based teams, you won’t be able to place a bet on any game being held anywhere in New York state.

  • Player prop bets

You won’t find player prop betting markets on any college sporting event in any legal NY sportsbook. Player props are prohibited across the board - not just for NY teams or college sporting events being held in New York.

And what can you do?

Other than the three things mentioned above, you can bet on any other college sporting event. You don’t have to worry about keeping yourself on the right side of the law, as all of the five NY sportsbooks that are currently live only take bets on college sports that they are legally allowed to.

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