New York College Sports Betting Rules: No In-State Teams & Events, No Player Props of Any Kind

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New Jersey was one of the first states in the U.S. to legalize and launch online sports betting, and it’s become the pinnacle example for states trying to do the same thanks to its competitive market, advantageous tax rate, and a variety of other reasons.

One aspect, however, that was unique at the time and remains uncommon is a ban on betting on in-state college teams. If you live in New Jersey, you cannot place a bet on any game involving Rutgers or Seton Hall, for example. You also cannot bet on college events taking place in the state, like the Army-Navy game at MetLife Stadium.

Since New Jersey enacted that rule, Illinois, Virginia, and Washington D.C. have followed suit with similar in-state college betting bans.

New York also followed suit and does not allow betting on in-state teams like Syracuse, St. John’s or Army (and many more).

Here are the three main things not allowed:

  1. New York will not be able to place any bets on any markets involving NY-based college teams, even if they’re playing on the road.
  2. You also cannot bet on collegiate events taking place in New York, even if they don’t feature New York teams. That means several bowl games, a host of neutral-site college basketball games, the Big East Tournament, Atlantic 10 Tournament, and some March Madness games over the next five years will be off limits.
  3. Player props on any college game are not allowed, including Georgia-Alabama in the national championship

This includes specific game markets like spreads and totals, as well as betting futures.

The NCAA Tournament will feature at least one regional or regional final in New York each year until 2026 (besides 2025).

There are 22 total Division I schools in New York, but just three play FBS-level football. All 22 have DI men’s and women’s basketball.

What College Sports Can You Bet On?

The ban doesn’t mean that New York bettors cannot wager on college games period. In fact, markets will be available for every game and future that doesn’t include a college or event located in the state.

That means if online betting was launched in the next few weeks, bettors would be able to bet on the College Football Playoff featuring Georgia, Alabama, Michigan, and Cincinnati.

Additionally, while futures markets — for example, odds to win the college basketball national title — would include a team like Syracuse, since they’re eligible to win it, sportsbooks will offer markets without those teams. In other states with similar regulations, in that situation, bets would be refunded if an in-state team won the futures bet. New York will certainly be no exception, and you can expect to see a wide variety of college futures markets.

At some point in the future, the regulations and rules could be changed, which could allow betting on Syracuse and other NY teams. But for at least the start of legalized online betting — set to launch in January or February 2022 — bettors won’t have the option available to them.

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