Whether you go Mets/Nets/Jets/Isles or Yankees/Knicks/Giants/Rangers, New York sports fans know plenty about pain and a little bit about success when it comes to rooting for their pro teams. Now, they get to make it more than just a vicarious experience as sports betting in New York is becoming a reality, with sportsbooks such as DraftKings and FanDuel expected to launch in late 2021.
For the Big Apple, this is a big deal. Online sports betting will provide more options than ever for bettors in the home of some of the best known names in all of sports. The bidding process to be able to enter the mobile side of the market remains intense.
The mobile experience is going to make a difference to a lot of fans, even those going to games. I’ve frozen my fingers off at Coffey Field watching Fordham get their you know what handed to them on my travels and, despite the Rams being the type of lovable loser I’m drawn to, the chance to bet on something else while seeing them lose would make for a pleasant distraction.
The New York market alone could have a significant impact on the points spread at some events as well. Not so much the biggest ticket items, like MLB, NBA, or NFL, games but more in events that are still at a very high level in terms of interest where homerism is a factor.
Take the NCAA Championship in basketball, aka March Madness, or bowl season around college football. New York is an alumni playground for the biggest schools in college sports and those fans tend to have huge homer tendencies. Those bettors already have an impact on the market without ease of access, with more casual bettors entering the fray there’s a real opportunity for smart punters to do well.
New York has always liked being a city that sets the agenda, now it might well be doing the same in betting for everyone.