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    New Hampshire this week became the second New England state, after Rhode Island, to offer sports betting.  The Granite State is encouraging people in Massachusetts to come across the state line to place wagers.

In June, New York joined the list of states that have legalized sports betting. The move came in time for the National Football League's 100th season.

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     The professional football season kicks off this week, but Massachusetts residents looking to place a legal wager on a game without traveling out-of-state are out of luck.

Jim Crowe: Fighting Irish

Sep 1, 2019

On Labor Day weekend, the new Sportsbook at Rivers Casino in Schenectady is offering legal betting on a slew of opening college football games, and fan anticipation is high. If you want to take a chance on some top games, like Baylor vs. Kalamazoo, this is your shot.

The del Lago Resort & Casino will start accepting bets on sports.

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Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady has begun taking New York’s first legal sports wagers. 

The Massachusetts State House
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     The Massachusetts legislature is considering whether to significantly expand gambling for the first time since Las Vegas-style casinos were legalized in the state in 2011. 

Door to the MGM Springfield casino

Gambling revenue fell in April at the only resort casino in Massachusetts.  But officials at MGM Springfield say they remain pleased with its overall performance. 

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The first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament are now in the books. And the American Gaming Association estimates fans across the country will wager billions on March Madness. But not in New York — at least not legally.


Upstate New York casinos authorized to offer sports gambling could be accepting wagers by Memorial Day weekend.

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As Massachusetts considers legalizing sports betting, bar owners want in on the action.

Facebook: Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady

Legal bets could be placed on this year’s National Basketball Association playoffs in New York as the state moves forward on sports betting. State gaming officials approved regulations on January 28 and put them out for a 60-day comment period. 


   Legal gambling has been expanding for the last several years in the Northeast with the opening of more casinos.  The next growth area for gaming is likely to be sports betting.

Turning Stone Resort Casino
Turning Stone Resort Casino

The Oneida Indian Nation says it will offer sports betting in partnership with Caesars Entertainment after a federal review and enactment of state regulations.

Keith Strudler: Betting On Pitches

Nov 28, 2018

I’ve said this before, but I am not a big fan of gambling – sports or otherwise. Every time I put money into a slot machine, I think about how much candy I could get for the same amount. Even winning feels more like a relief than a victory. So I’m not overly excited by the expansion of sports gambling opportunities in the US, just like I’m not particularly excited about new versions of the Whopper at Burger King or bigger roller coasters at Disney. But I also realize that puts me potentially in the minority of sports fans – about gambling, although probably Burger King as well.


     Massachusetts officials have begun to weigh the pros and cons of legalized sports betting, along with the “hows” and “wheres.”    There are a lot of ramifications following Monday’s major decision by the Supreme Court that gave states the green light to consider legalizing waging on sports.


The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal law that bans sports betting in most states, giving states the go-ahead to legalize such gambling. And a casino in Sullivan County stands ready to benefit.

New York State Capitol

A bill to legalize sports betting has been introduced in the New York state Senate.

  Lawmakers in Massachusetts are weighing a bill to regulate and tax daily fantasy sports operators.


Bennett Liebman of the Albany Law School's Government Law Center joins WAMC's Alan Chartock to discuss sports gambling. 


The two biggest daily fantasy sports companies have asked a New York judge stop the state's attorney general from ordering them to halt their business operations.