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Why Are New York Sportsbooks Missing So Many Super Bowl Props? MVP, Gatorade Color, More Not Available

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Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images. Pictured: The Pete Rozelle Trophy given to the Super Bowl MVP

The 2022 Super Bowl between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals will kick off in a few short days and bettors across the country and savoring the opportunity to have a little action on the biggest game of the year.

From the Super Bowl spread and over/under (Rams -4.5 and 48.5 according to the latest NFL odds), to player props to fun novelty props, like the coin toss winner and Gatorade color that will eventually be poured on the winning coach, there are plenty of options for bettors.

But in New York, many of those fun props are not available. Don’t worry, you’re eyes aren’t deceiving you. These bet types just aren’t available in the Empire State.

Where Are All the Fun Super Bowl Props?

There are two answers to “why is New York missing so many Super Bowl props?”

  • Some of the wacky props you’ve seen over the years aren’t available anywhere in the U.S., and only offered by offshore sportsbooks that don’t adhere to any regulations. Things like “how many times will they show Matthew Stafford’s wife Kelly?” or “will a player be arrested before the Super Bowl?”
  • Other props, like MVP and the Gatorade bath color, are offered in other states, but not New York.

New Yorkers are reporting that they’re unable to find Super Bowl MVP odds listed at their online sportsbooks while those same odds are available in most other legal betting states.

The New York State Gaming Commission replied to an email from that Action Network, saying any bets that are not “part of the game” will not be approved.

That means you won’t get Super Bowl MVP and other similar markets, like Cy Young or NFL Comeback Player of the Year in the regular season.

From Brad Maione, head of communications for the NYSGC:

“All markets must be submitted and approved by the Gaming Commission. Markets that do not appear for offering mean the operators did not submit for approval.

Wagers that are not part of the actual game and not considered official statistics will not be approved.”

The NYSGC’s official gaming regulations do not state anything about specific bet types being prohibited, but say that some bets may not be allowed if they’re “contrary to public policy.”

Sportsbooks can ask for approval for new markets, with at least 60 days notice. But again, it must be “part of the game.”

At the time of writing, Matthew Stafford is the Super Bowl MVP favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook with  +100 odds to in the award, with Joe Burrow (+225), Cooper Kupp (+600), Aaron Donald (+1600 and Ja’Marr Chase (+1800) rounding out the top five.

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