New York College Sports Betting Rules: No In-State Teams or Events, No Players Props

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Not seeing odds on a handful of college sporting events in New York, or any player props at all? It’s not a bug, but a restriction around collegiate betting in the state.

New York followed a few other states, including nearby New Jersey, by limiting the selection of college betting options that sportsbooks can post.

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Here are the three main bet types not allowed:

  1. New Yorkers cannot place any bets on games involving NY-based college teams, even if they’re playing on the road. So no Army football or St. John’s basketball, etc.
  2. You also cannot bet on collegiate events taking place in New York, even if they don’t feature New York teams. That means 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 few years will be off limits.
  3. Player props on any college game are not allowed, including Georgia-Alabama in the national championship.

What College Sports Can You Bet On?

Everything else should be available. So point spreads and totals on most college football and college basketball games, plus game props like alternate lines, first half lines, etc.

The games just can’t include New York teams.

So What Events Will You Miss?

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 programs.

So on a typical college basketball Saturday, 10-15 games might be missing from the odds board. On a college football Saturday you won’t get Army, Syracuse or Buffalo games.

You also won’t be able to bet on neutral-site events like:

  • NCAA Tournament regionals; one regional or regional final will be played in New York each year until 2026 (besides 2025).
  • NIT finals
  • Big East Basketball Tournament (Manhattan)
  • Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament (Brooklyn)
  • Other neutral-site college basketball games
  • Pinstripe Bowl (Bronx)

How Futures Work

Futures markets — like odds to win the college basketball national title — would normally include teams like Syracuse and St. John’s.

So sportsbooks will offer futures without those teams. If the in-state team wins, all bets are refunded.

Why Is this the Case?

The prevailing theory is that college players are more susceptible to nefarious behavior, like throwing games or shaving points for money, than pros.

Will New York Overturn This?

New Jersey voters rejected a measure on the 2021 ballot to allow betting on college sports.

It’s possible New York revisits this rule at some point but far from a guarantee.

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