New York Sports Betting
Sports betting is legal in New York, but only available in-person at four casinos upstate — the closest about 100 miles from New York City. Even pre-COVID-19, this forced many New Yorkers to continue betting illegally through offshore websites and local bookies. Bettors are hoping for as many legal mobile options to go live by early 2022, but it remains to be seen how many or which books will go live.
Cuomo Signs Mobile Sports Betting into Law
Gov. Andrew Cuomo officially legalized online sports betting as part of the state's sweeping 2022 budget legislation. New York bettors now await approval for the handful of online sportsbooks permitted to operate under the 2021 legislation.
New York Online Sports Betting Is Approved With Gov. Cuomo’s Limited-Operator Model
New York will approve a limited-operator, government-bid online sports betting model that was backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and opposed by most state lawmakers and the gaming industry at large.
New York Experiences Record-Setting Month in Sports Betting
On the back of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's comments surrounding the potential of legalizing mobile sports betting, New York's four retail sportsbooks experienced a combined record-setting $3.57 million in gross gaming revenue in January.
New York Lawmakers File Bill to Legalize Online Sports Betting
Sen. Joseph Addabbo and Assemblyman Gary Pretlow both filed bills on the legalization of online sports betting to the state Senate and Assembly, respectively. The bills, s1183 and a1257, include a 12% tax on gaming revenue and, unlike Cuomo's stance, would have the industry regulated by casinos rather than the state lottery.
Gov. Cuomo Eyes Legalization of Mobile Sports Betting in 2021
In his 2021 State of the State address, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his intentions of legalizing mobile sports betting in New York state, running the industry through the state lottery. He believes online sports betting will help combat the debt NY was hit with due to COVID-19.
Cuomo Hints at New York Online Sports Betting, But Hopes Could Still Rest with D.C.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo tantalized the gaming industry recently when he mentioned sports betting among possible solutions to the state’s projected $15 billion budget shortfall. The brief, off-hand comment was still his closest embrace for legal online wagering in New York from the man who has, perhaps more than anyone else, stood in its way.
New York Online Sports Betting Could Get Another Look in 2020
Falling revenues, rising costs and a looming budget deficit could, finally, compel New York online sports betting , two lawmakers said during a gaming industry conference.
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New York Sports Betting Timeline
Sen. Joseph Addabbo pushes forward on a sports betting bill that passes the state Senate but is never heard by the house.
Pretlow and Sen. John Bonacic's bills both never gain a ton of steam, as lawmakers dropped both bills.
The Supreme Court overturns PASPA, allowing states to legalize sports betting on their own terms.
Assemblyman David Weprin, Sen. Tony Avella and Assemblyman Gary Pretlow introduces different sports betting bills — challenging PASPA.
New York allows DFS sites to operate again after Schneiderman ordered cease and desists the previous fall.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman famously stands in the way of DFS sites DraftKings and FanDuel as they expand quickly and advertise heavily in New York and elsewhere. He lumps DFS in with sports betting, making it illegal in New York.
New Yorkers vote in expansion of legalized gambling, including four new casinos and sports betting. The casinos have since opened.
Adams again introduces a bill that goes nowhere.
The New York sports betting story began in 2009, well before the Supreme Court repealed PASPA. Sen. Eric Adams introduced a bill that lost steam quickly.
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How New York Sports Betting Compares
We graded New York on its sports betting bill and experience relative to other states.
New York Sports Betting Grading Card:
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo opposes sports betting and shut down another effort in March 2020. He also stopped the expansion of sports betting to NYC-area casinos like Empire City in Yonkers and Resorts World in Queens. That leaves sports betting available only at four casinos in upstate New York. Therefore, the state gets horrific marks, although things could change in 2021, as Cuomo has been more open in recent months to legalizing online sports betting.
Mobile Betting Options: F
There is no online sports betting in New York. You can’t give it anything but an F.
Sign Up & Deposits: F
You can only bet in person, so there are no online deposits or registrations. F.
Fair Pricing: B
DraftKings, Bet365, Rivers and FanDuel operate the in-person sportsbooks in New York, so you can expect fair odds if you venture to one.
Mobile offerings often turn out different than in-person ones, so we’ll wait to grade New York on this.
New York Sports Betting Background
New York retail sports betting went live in 2019, but a fully online — meaning bettors can register, deposit and bet without going into a casino — market has yet to be legalized.
Although in-person sports betting in New York is legal, only the state's commercial and tribal casinos are allowed to take action. There are currently four commercial and seven tribal casinos in New York that offer on-site sports betting. They are all partnered with an external gaming operator (like Del Lago Resort & Casino using DraftKings).
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Upstate NY Gaming Economic Development Act back in 2013, establishing four commercial casinos and leaving the opportunity for in-person sports betting if the federal ban were to be lifted. That happened in May 2018 when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA). Nearly a year later, Rivers Casino became the first in New York state to take a legal sports bet.
In January 2019, Caesars Entertainment and the Oneida Indian Nation announced a deal in which sports betting would be brought to three tribal casinos in central New York. There are now seven tribal and non-commercial locations to bet on sports in the state.
Cuomo had previously been anti-mobile sports betting in New York, swiftly shutting down a push from lawmakers in March 2020 just before the COVID-19 pandemic struck. The aftermath of the pandemic has put New York in a potential $15 billion deficit, which has led to a 180-degree perspective change from the governor.
New York's sports betting market has heated up in 2021 with Gov. Cuomo announcing during his State of the State address that he was pro-legalization of online sports betting. Two bills have been filed to committees in the state Senate and Assembly since and a final decision should be made this year.
Sports Betting Exists?
More than half the country hasn’t legalized betting of any kind yet, so it’s good that New York has some kind of sports betting operational.
New York's lack of sports betting has been good for New Jersey, too. FanDuel COO Kip Levin said more than 25% of the company’s bets in New Jersey are placed by New York residents. Many travel over the border and place bets, then head right back.
Modern sports bettors — even the most casual ones — have gotten used to betting from anywhere.
Smartphones have removed so much friction from the wagering process. Even in the early Internet days, you needed to be near a computer. Before that, you had to call to place your wagers.
Then when smartphones came around, they changed everything. New York hasn't caught onto that.
Cuomo opposes legal online sports betting, even though it could be worth hundreds of millions to his state. He's made it clear that he doesn't want to make up revenue shortfalls that way.
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New York Teams to Bet on
Pro Sports Teams
NFL Betting in New York
New York Jets
Joining the American Football League (AFL) for the 1960 season as the Titans of New York, they adopted the New York Jets name three years later. Though they've made the playoffs 14 times, the Jets have just one championship in 1968 (Super Bowl III). They've been to four AFC Conference Championships since but have lost each time. The Jets have the third-longest Super Bowl drought in the NFL.
Despite being named the New York Jets, their home games are at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. They will start the upcoming season with a brand new coaching staff led by former San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.
New York Jets Rivalry #1: vs. New England Patriots. The biggest rivalry in the AFC East is between the Jets and Patriots. No one can forget Bill Belichick being named Jets head coach before vacating the position one day later to coach the Patriots instead — or the infamous Spygate scandal where the Patriots were caught illegally videotaping the Jets' defensive coaches. This rivalry has had its ups and downs, with the Patriots dominating for the most part under Belichick and former quarterback Tom Brady. Competing twice a year since both teams joined the AFL in 1960, these two have met 124 total times, with the Patriots leading the series, 69-54-1. New England has won 10 straight against the Jets to date.
New York Jets Rivalry #2: vs. Buffalo Bills. Ever since joining the AFL in 1960, these two teams have been division rivals. The intensity is not the same as Jets-Patriots, but being in-state rivals fuels the fire. Both teams have been coached by Rex Ryan in the past and their starting quarterbacks — Zach Wilson and Josh Allen — are young up-and-comers. The Bills swept the Jets in 2020 and lead the all-time series, 65-56, including a 1981 AFC Wild Card win.
New York Giants
The New York Giants are the oldest-established team in the NFL, as one of the five original teams to join the NFL in 1925. Since the Super Bowl era, the Giants have won four titles, their most recent in 2011. Their most notable Super Bowl victory came in 2007 when David Tyree's helmet catch late in the fourth quarter helped push New York over the undefeated New England Patriots, 17-14. The Giants have won eight NFC East titles and five conference titles.
Like the Jets, the Giants technically play in New Jersey at MetLife Stadium. They are led by second-year head coach Joe Judge fresh off a 6-10 season. Star running back Saquon Barkley will return from a torn ACL that cut his 2020 season short alongside quarterback Daniel Jones, who will begin his third year under center for the Big Blue.
New York Giants Rivalry #1: vs. Philadelphia Eagles. One of the most intense NFL rivalries that dates back to 1933, the Eagles and Giants have been division rivals for nearly 90 years. If the rivalry wasn't already heated enough, last season — with the playoffs on the line and the Giants needing an Eagles win over the Washington Football Team — then-head coach Doug Pederson sat quarterback Jalen Hurts midway through the game for third-stringer Nate Sudfeld. The Eagles ended up losing the game and many — especially Giants fans — criticized Pederson's decision in an eventual loss that lifted the Eagles three spots to No. 6 in the NFL Draft. The hatred between New York and Philadelphia fans remains strong as the 2021 season approaches and remains the biggest rivalry in the NFC East to date. The Eagles lead the series, 89-87-2.
New York Giants Rivalry #2: vs. Dallas Cowboys. Two of the most successful teams in the NFL, the Giants and Cowboys account for nine total Super Bowls. Despite the Cowboys being in Dallas and the Giants in New York, distance did not affect the relationship between these two. Both competing in the NFC East, the Giants and Cowboys play twice a year, and games are intense and always close. The Cowboys lead the all-time series, 69-47-2, but the Giants have won the only postseason matchup between the two — a 21-17 win in 2008 en route to a Super Bowl.
The Buffalo Bills are the only professional football team that plays their home games in the state of New York. The team was founded in 1960 as part of the American Football League (AFL) and later joined the NFL a decade later as part of the merger. Buffalo has yet to win a Super Bowl despite its four appearances, all consecutive from 1990-93. The Bills do have two AFL Championships and a total of 20 playoff appearances across both leagues (16 in the NFL).
The Bills play their games at Bills Stadium, which has been their home since 1973. It was formerly known as New Era Field from 2016-20 before both sides mutually agreed to part ways. The Bills will enter the season as defending AFC East champions with star quarterback Josh Allen under center. They are coached by Sean McDermott, who ended the Bills' 18-year playoff drought in 2017. He has made the playoffs all but once, and Buffalo will look to return to the postseason for the third consecutive year.
Buffalo Bills Rivalry #1: vs. Miami Dolphins. Since Miami's inaugural season in 1966, they have been divisional rivals with the Bills. Playing twice a year since, this rivalry began as a lopsided one, with Don Shula's Dolphins winning 20 straight times in the 1970s. The Bills turned things around nearly a decade later, rising as one of the best teams in the AFC in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In 110 total games, the Dolphins lead the all-time series, 61-52-1, despite Buffalo winning the last five straight. The Bills are 3-1 against Miami in the postseason, one of the wins coming in the 1992 AFC Championship.
Buffalo Bills Rivalry #2: vs. New England Patriots. As part of the founding members of the American Football League in 1960, the Bills and Patriots have been division rivals for over 60 years now. This has been largely a one-sided affair over the last few decades with Tom Brady under center for the Patriots. He is 32-3 against Buffalo all-time. But that only adds fuel to the fire for Bills fans. Since he departed, the Bills have become the leaders of the AFC East, sweeping the Patriots in 2020 en route to their first division title since 1995. The Patriots have never faced the Bills in the playoffs since the AFL-NFL merger but do lead the all-time series, 76-45-1.
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NBA Betting in New York
New York Knicks
The New York Knicks' first season came in 1946 as part of the Basketball Association of America (BAA). They merged with the National Basketball League to form the NBA three years later. Instantly, the Knicks found success in the new league, making three straight NBA Finals appearances starting in 1950. It wasn't until 1970, however, when the Knicks took home their first championship.
In eight NBA Finals appearances, the Knicks have won twice, both coming in the 1970s under head coach Red Holzman. The Knicks have won eight division titles, their last coming in 2013. New York hasn't been to the playoffs since.
New York is currently coached by newly-hired Tom Thibodeau and battling for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They are led by star big man Julius Randle, who is averaging a double-double. The Knicks play in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference and host their home games at Madison Square Garden, the oldest arena in the NBA.
New York Knicks Rivalry #1: vs. Boston Celtics. Just two of the three teams that remain from the original 1946 NBA squads, the Knicks and Celtics have a long and heated rivalry. The Knicks have not played any team more than they have the Celtics, as the two have met 546 times through January 2021. Not only are the two teams in the same division, but they have played each other in 15 postseason series. Though this rivalry has died down slightly since their last postseason bout in 2013 — the Knicks won 4-2 — the New York-Boston rivalry remains prevalent whenever these two teams face off.
New York Knicks Rivalry #2: vs. Brooklyn Nets. Since joining the NBA in 1976, the Nets have been division rivals with the Knicks. Before their 2012 move to Brooklyn, the Nets played their home games in New Jersey. Referred to as the "Turnpike Classic," these two teams have had their fair share of heated exchanges through the years. It has only increased since the Nets’ move into New York City in 2012. The Knicks have played the Nets 210 total times through January 2021, leading the series, 106-104.
The Brooklyn Nets' origin can be traced back to 1967 when they joined the American Basketball Association (ABA) as the New Jersey Americans. They relocated to Long Island and rebranded as the New York Nets a year later. In the ABA, the Nets won two championships, including the last year of the league before its NBA merger in 1976. They relocated to New Jersey and remained there until 2012 before yet another move, this time to Brooklyn.
The Nets have yet to win an NBA Championship but did appear in back-to-back Finals starting in 2002. Their last playoff appearance came this past season, ending in an eventual 4-0 sweep by the Toronto Raptors in the first round. The Nets currently play their games at the Barclays Center.
Since free agent signings of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, as well as a trade to bring over superstar James Harden from Houston, the Nets are among the favorites to win the NBA Championship in 2021. They are coached by first-year head coach Steve Nash and compete in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference.
Brooklyn Nets Rivalry #1: vs. Boston Celtics. The height of this rivalry came in the 2000s when the Celtics and Nets were among the NBA's elite. In back-to-back years, the Nets beat Boston in the playoffs. In that 2002 Eastern Conference Finals, Celtics fans berated star Nets point guard Jason Kidd before the Nets fans retaliated toward Paul Pierce. Since then, the two teams have had several heated exchanges, most recently over Kyrie Irving leaving Boston for Brooklyn in free agency. Through January 2021, the Celtics hold a 131-70 series advantage in the regular season, but it's Brooklyn with an 8-2 record over Boston in the playoffs.
Brooklyn Nets Rivalry #2: vs. New York Knicks. Similar to other in-state rivalries across different sports, the Nets and Knicks' rivalry has been fueled by proximity. Tack on Brooklyn's free agency signings of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, two Knicks targets, and the distaste for one another has only increased in recent years. The two teams have played three times in the postseason with the Knicks winning twice. But it was the Nets who won the most recent bout in 2004.
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MLB Betting in New York
New York Yankees
The New York Yankees joined the MLB in 1901 as the Baltimore Orioles before being purchased and moving to New York two years later as the Highlanders. They became the Yankees in 1913.
The Yankees are the most successful MLB team in history with 27 World Series and 40 American League pennants. They have won four consecutive World Series twice and nine total from 1950 through 1960. Their last championship came in 2009.
Despite not having playoff success in recent years, New York has made four straight postseasons, its last coming in 2020. Led by star pitcher Gerrit Cole, 2020 batting title holder DJ LeMahieu and reigning home run champion Luke Voit (along with stars Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton), the Yankees are set up for success. New York plays its home games at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx and is coached by Aaron Boone.
New York Yankees Rivalry #1: vs. Boston Red Sox. One of the most iconic rivalries in sports, the Yankees and Red Sox have gone head-to-head for over 100 years. From the Red Sox trading Babe Ruth to the Yankees to Boston's comeback from down 0-3 to win the American League pennant over New York, this rivalry has been nothing short of entertaining. There has been plenty of brawls between the two teams as well. In total, the Yankees and Red Sox have played each other 2,284 times, with New York leading the all-time series. In four playoff series, the teams have split two apiece.
New York Yankees Rivalry #2: vs. New York Mets. Since interleague play was introduced in 1997, the Mets and Yankees have played annually. Nicknamed the "Subway Series," this in-state rivalry is the most notable of all interleague play. The Yankees won the last Subway Series in 2017; the two have tied in each of the last three years. The Yankees lead the all-time series, 74-54, including a 2000 World Series victory.
New York Mets
As part of the second set of expansion teams to be brought to the MLB, the New York Mets were founded in 1962. Though they struggled at first, the "Miracle Mets" made a Cinderella story run in 1969 en route to their first-ever World Series, upsetting the Baltimore Orioles. They added another title in 1986, their most recent to date.
The Mets made a World Series appearance in 2015, but they've underperformed in recent years. The team was purchased by Steve Cohen in the 2020 offseason for $2.4 billion, and the Mets have bolstered the roster since. New York traded for star shortstop Francisco Lindor and added to its pitching staff. Competing in the National League East, the Mets are led by two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and bring in an offense that ranked first in batting average in 2020. They play their home games at Citi Field and are managed by second-year head coach Luis Rojas.
New York Mets Rivalry #1: vs. Philadelphia Phillies. From brawls in the 1980s to competing against each other for playoff positioning in the mid-to-late 2000s, this rivalry is among the most notable in the National League. The Mets notoriously blew a seven-game lead over the Phillies atop the NL East with 17 games left to play in 2007, only exacerbating the rivalry. The Mets are on a current two-game win streak over the Phillies, but it's Philadelphia with a 529-490-1 all-time series lead.
New York Mets Rivalry #2: vs. New York Yankees. Despite not being in the same division (let alone league), the Mets and Yankees' in-state rivalry never wavers. This is the most notable New York rivalry in sports and should only get more heated over the next few years, as both teams are among the best in MLB.
NHL Betting in New York
New York Rangers
The New York Rangers were founded in 1926 and are one of the Original Six before the NHL's expansion in 1967. The Rangers have won the Stanley Cup four times, most recently in 1993-94 on the back of then-captain Mark Messier. They have been to the Stanley Cup one time since, a loss to the Los Angeles Kings in 2014.
The Rangers are led by star Artemi Panarin, a 2020 finalist for the Hart Trophy. They play their games at Madison Square Garden, which has been their home since its opening in 1968. New York is coached by David Quinn.
New York Rangers Rivalry #1: vs. New York Islanders. Nicknamed the "Battle of New York," the Rangers and Islanders play each other four times a year. The winner of each annual series is awarded the Pat LaFontaine Trophy with the loser donating $50,000 to a charity of LaFontaine's choice. This in-state rivalry is enhanced because they both compete in the Metropolitan Division, too. The Rangers lead the all-time series, 150-138-19-9.
New York Rangers Rivalry #2: vs. New Jersey Devils. Just 10 miles separate these two teams despite being across state borders. Nicknamed the "Hudson River Rivalry," the Rangers and Devils also compete against one another in the Metropolitan Division. From the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals to the rematch 18 years later, this rivalry has been nothing short of intense and riveting. The Rangers lead the all-time series, 117-103-21-10, and the postseason series, 18-16.
New York Islanders
The New York Islanders were founded in 1972 and after two years began the best era of its franchise. The Islanders made 14 straight playoff appearances, won 19 straight playoff series and took home four straight Stanley Cups from 1979-83. They have largely been unable to replicate similar success since.
The Islanders currently play their home games at Nassau Coliseum but will be moving to UBS Arena for the 2021-22 NHL season. They are led by star forward Mathew Barzal, who has led the team in points each of the last three seasons. Barry Trotz is the current head coach for the Isles, now in his third year with the team.
New York Islanders Rivalry: vs. New York Rangers. Fueled because it's an intra-city rivalry, the Islanders and Rangers met every year in the playoffs from 1981-84 with the Islanders winning all four times. Despite trailing the all-time series, the Islanders lead the postseason series, 20-19.
Established in 1970, the Buffalo Sabres have never won the Stanley Cup and are tied for the longest active title drought. They haven't been to the playoffs in the last nine seasons. This is unlike the Sabres, who had previously never missed the playoffs more than three years in a row.
The Sabres play their games at KeyBank Center, their home since 1996. They are led by star center Jack Eichel, who has led the team in points the last four seasons. Ralph Krueger is in his second year as head coach of the Sabres; it's his second pro gig and first since leading Edmonton in the 2012-13 season.
Buffalo Sabres Rivalry: vs. Toronto Maple Leafs. This has slowly become the Sabres' biggest rivalry, as the two teams are just 100 miles away from each other. This rivalry is referred to as the "Battle of the QEW" for the highway Queen Elizabeth Way that links the two. Competing in the Atlantic Division, the Sabres and Maple Leafs normally play each other four times a year. This year the two don't play because of travel restrictions and a temporary conference realignment. The Sabres hold a 121-74-18-10 all-time series lead.
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Soccer Betting in New York
New York City FC
New York City FC joined the MLS in 2015 as an expansion team, and after a bumpy first season finished second in the Eastern Conference in 2016. Despite making the playoffs in four consecutive years, NYC FC hasn't had a lot to show for it.
New York City FC lost several key players this past offseason. Captain Alexander Ring and defender Ronald Matarrita left for other MLS teams, while forward Alexandru Mitrita was sent on loan to Al-Ahli. They play their home games at Yankee Stadium and are coached by Ronny Deila.
New York City FC Rivalry: vs. New York Red Bulls. Commonly referred to as the "Hudson River Derby," this is a relatively new rivalry. The Red Bulls won the first four games between the two, but it has been exactly even ever since. They have never faced in the playoffs, and the Red Bulls lead the all-time series, 10-6-2.
New York Red Bulls
The Red Bulls have been around since MLS's inaugural season in 1996, first as the MetroStars before rebranding as the Red Bulls a decade later. Despite their long history in the league, the Red Bulls have made the MLS Cup just once — a loss to the Columbus Crew in 2008.
The Red Bulls, like the Jets and Giants, actually play their games in New Jersey and not New York. They play their home games at Red Bull Arena, which opened in 2010, and are coached by Gerhard Struber.
New York Red Bulls Rivalry: vs. New York City FC. Despite not being an in-state rivalry, these two teams play just 21.6 miles apart. There will be a physical trophy for the winner of the annual matchup developed in the near future.
WNBA Betting in New York
New York Liberty
The New York Liberty are one of the eight original franchises from the WNBA's founding in 1997. They have been very successful in the regular season, making the playoffs 14 times and the WNBA Finals on four occasions. However, they have yet to win a championship. The Liberty play in the Eastern Conference and are coached by Walt Hopkins.
The Liberty have hit a rough stretch over the last few years after winning the conference in three consecutive seasons from 2015-17. They are a combined 19-71 since. The Liberty drafted Sabrina Ionescu with the No. 1 pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft; she's the only NCAA Division I basketball player ever to record 2,000 points, 1,000 assists and 1,000 rebounds in a career. Ionescu will be the star of the Liberty for the foreseeable future.
College Sports Teams
There are 22 colleges in New York state that field Division I athletics, no school more popular than Syracuse. The program that has nicknamed itself "New York's College Team" fields a historic college basketball program and is the most successful athletics program in the state.
College Football Betting in New York
Syracuse Orange Football
Since its transition to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in 2013, the Syracuse football program has struggled to regain its footing. But the program's storied history includes eight players who have gone on to earn a Hall of Fame induction, the fourth-most of any school. That list includes Jim Brown, Marvin Harrison and Larry Csonka, among others.
The Orange claim one national championship — an undefeated season in 1959 capped off with a 23-14 win over Texas. Ernie Davis scored two touchdowns in that game, including an 87-yard receiving TD in the first quarter. Davis would later become the first-ever African American recipient of the Heisman Trophy in 1961. Syracuse has won five conference titles, including three straight with Donovan McNabb under center from 1996-98. The Orange play their games at the Carrier Dome on campus with a current capacity of 49,250. They are coached currently by Dino Babers.
Syracuse Orange Rivalry #1: vs. Boston College. Outside of Holy Cross, no team has faced Boston College more than the Syracuse Orange. These two teams met annually from 1971 to 2004 and were both founding members of the Big East Conference. The Eagles' departure for the ACC in 2005 led to a short break between the two, but Syracuse would later follow suit in 2013, reviving the annual matchup and rivalry. The two currently compete in the Atlantic Division of the ACC. Boston College has won two straight against Syracuse, but the Orange hold a 32-22 series advantage.
Syracuse Orange Rivalry #2: vs. Pittsburgh Panthers. The rivalry that started over 100 years ago has now been played annually since 1955. Pittsburgh is Syracuse’s most-played opponent in program history. Both started as Eastern football independents before joining the Big East Conference in 1991 and moving to the ACC the same year (2013). Despite the Panthers being in the Coastal Division of the ACC, they play Syracuse every season. Pittsburgh has dominated the last two decades, winning 16 of the head-to-head matchups since 2002. The Panthers lead the all-time series, 41-31-3, in 76 matchups (Syracuse vacated its 2004 win).
Army Black Knights Football
One of seven football programs competing as an independent, Army is known for its triple option on offense. The Black Knights claim three national championships — coming consecutively starting in 1944 — and have three Heisman winners. Under head coach Jeff Monken, Army has made four bowl games over the last five seasons. They play their home games at Michie Stadium in West Point.
Army Black Knights Rivalry #1: vs. Navy Midshipmen. One of the most historic and notable rivalries in college football is the annual matchup between Army and Navy. This matchup is always nationally televised and the last regular-season game in college football each season. Although Navy leads the all-time series, 61-53-7, Army took home the 2020 bout in a 15-0 win.
Army Black Knights Rivalry #2: vs. Air Force Falcons. The trio of Army, Navy and Air Force compete annually for the Commander-in-Chief's trophy, named after the U.S. president. These three U.S. military academies have all won in the last five years, but the Black Knights have recent success over the two. Army has taken home three of its last four against Air Force, but the Falcons hold the series lead, 37-17-1.
Buffalo Bulls Football
The Buffalo Bulls football program has been a member of the Mid-American Conference since moving up to the FBS level in 1999 and has one conference title. The Bulls have been to three straight bowl games, including back-to-back wins over Charlotte and Marshall. Buffalo plays its home games on campus at UB Stadium and is coached currently by Lance Leipold.
Buffalo Bulls Rivalry: vs. Ohio Bobcats. There is no real Bulls rival in football, but the closest in recent years comes within the MAC against the Ohio Bobcats. These two teams have competed atop the conference standings over the last three seasons with the Bulls winning the MAC twice in that span. In their 23 total matchups, Ohio leads the series, 14-9. The two didn't play in 2020 after the game was postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests within the Bobcats program.
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College Basketball Betting in New York
Syracuse Orange Men's Basketball
Syracuse basketball remains one of the most historic and notable college basketball programs in the country despite its recent struggles. The Orange are sixth all-time in both wins (2,026*) and NCAA Tournament appearances (40), and they're eighth in Final Four appearances (six). The Orange's lone championship came in 2003 with freshman phenom Carmelo Anthony leading the way. Coached by Jim Boeheim, now in his 45th season at the helm, Syracuse is known for its patented 2-3 zone on defense.
Syracuse plays its home games on campus at the Carrier Dome with a capacity of 35,446, though it was able to fit a record-breaking 35,642 for 2019's matchup against Duke. It is the largest college basketball arena, holding nearly 10,000 more than the second-largest (Kentucky's Rupp Arena).
*Due to sanctions in 2015, Syracuse was forced to vacate 101 wins. Counting that against its record, the Orange would then have 1,925 as of Feb. 18, 2021.
Syracuse Orange Rivalry #1: vs. Georgetown Hoyas. Upon the Big East's formation in 1979, Syracuse and Georgetown became instant rivals. These two were brutes of the Big East and had their fair share of heated exchanges that only fueled the fans' hatred of each other. No one can forget John Thompson Jr.'s "Manley Field House is officially closed," comment after Georgetown upset the Orange and snapped SU's 57-game win streak in the last game ever played at Manley. These two teams have combined for 21 regular-season conference championships, and despite 'Cuse moving to the ACC in 2013, they still manage to hold a matchup nearly every season (they've played every year but two since 1979). Syracuse leads the all-time series 52-44.
Syracuse Orange Rivalry #2: vs. Connecticut Huskies. Although this rivalry has died down since Syracuse left the Big East, it holds one of the most iconic games in college basketball history: the six-overtime bout in the quarterfinals of the 2009 Big East Tournament. Starting at 9:36 p.m. and lasting until 1:22 a.m., it is the second-longest game ever. Syracuse leads the all-time series, 56-39.
Syracuse Orange Rivalry #3: vs. Duke Blue Devils. Unlike its rivalry with Georgetown and UConn, this isn't historic. Since its transition to the ACC in 2013, Syracuse has given Duke its fair share of problems and the matchups between the two are normally always close. This rivalry is the source of Boeheim's infamous jacket toss and has broken the NCAA college basketball attendance record on three separate occasions. Duke leads the all-time series, 11-6, including four straight.
St. John's Red Storm Men's Basketball
Another historic and successful college basketball team, St. John's ranks ninth all-time with 1,871 wins and has made the NCAA Tournament 30 times. The Red Storm have never won a national title but have won 14 regular-season conference championships and made the Elite Eight six times. Their lone NCAA Tournament finals appearance ended in a loss against Kansas in 1952.
The most notable St. John’s player to come out of the program is Hall-of-Famer and Dream Team member Chris Mullin, who coached the team for four seasons as well. The Red Storm are currently led by former Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson and play their home games at Carnesecca Arena.
St. John's Red Storm Rivalry: vs. Georgetown Hoyas. Like Syracuse and Georgetown, St. John’s was a brute in the Big East Conference at the conference’s height in the 1980s. The rivalry between the Red Storm and Hoyas intensified during the 1985 season when the two faced each other five times, including the Big East Championship and Final Four. Georgetown got the better of the Red Storm in three of the four games, including the final two. St. John's leads the all-time series, 61-57.
Buffalo Bulls Men's Basketball
The Buffalo Bulls have quickly become a consistent contender in the Mid-American Conference in large part thanks to former head coach Nate Oats. Before Oats took over in 2015, Buffalo had just two regular-season conference championships and one NCAA Tournament appearance. Oats took the Bulls to three conference tournament championships and three NCAA Tournament berths in four years, even upsetting Deandre Ayton and No. 4-seeded Arizona in 2018. Since his departure for Alabama, Buffalo has remained near the top of the MAC standings. They are now coached by Jim Whitesell and play home games at Alumni Arena in Amherst.
Buffalo Bulls Rivalry: vs. Akron Zips. This isn't an intense rivalry, but it has slowly grown over the last few years as the Zips and Bulls have often battled atop the MAC. Akron is Buffalo's third-most played opponent in history, and the series sits at 24-23 in favor of the Zips.
Cornell Big Red Men's Basketball
Cornell competes in the Ivy League Conference and has struggled for the better part of the last decade. The height of the Big Red's success came under then-head coach Steve Donahue from 2007-10, when the team went a combined 72-21, winning three regular-season conference championships and gaining as many NCAA Tournament berths. Their best year came in Donahue's last with the team, as Cornell won its first NCAA Tournament game ever and made it to the Sweet 16 in an eventual loss to No. 1 Kentucky. Cornell is currently coached by Brian Earl and plays its home games at Newman Arena on campus.
Cornell Big Red Rivalry: vs. Columbia Lions. This rivalry is a lot stronger in football than basketball, but these in-state Ivy League rivals play each other twice a season. Neither team has been successful in recent years, but their matchups are always close. Over the last 10 seasons, the two teams have split their series seven times with Columbia sweeping the other three years.
St. Bonaventure Bonnies Men's Basketball
St. Bonaventure is one of the more successful mid-majors in the state of New York with seven NCAA Tournament appearances and a Final Four back in 1970. The Bonnies have one Atlantic 10 conference championship and last made the NCAA Tournament in 2018, defeating UCLA in a play-in game before falling to Florida in the Round of 64. Coached currently by Mark Schmidt, St. Bonaventure plays its home games at the Reilly Center.
St. Bonaventure Bonnies Rivalry: vs. Niagara Purple Eagles. These two in-state rivals once made up the Western New York Little Three Conference alongside other New York foe Canisius. Established in 1946 and lasting 12 years before all three went independent, Niagara has the most tournament wins (five). The two teams still play nearly every season and St. Bonaventure leads the all-time series over Niagara, 72-37.
Iona Gaels Men's Basketball
Iona basketball has long been one of the top competitors in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, winning four straight conference tournament championships from 2016-19 and a league-record 12 MAAC titles. The Gaels have also been to 14 NCAA Tournaments (one was vacated by the NCAA, however) but have been to the Round of 32 just once. Iona is now coached by Rick Pitino in his first college basketball coaching gig since being fired following the 2017 Louisville scandal. The Gaels play their home games at Hynes Athletic Center.
Iona Gaels Rivalry: vs. Manhattan Jaspers. Both part of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Iona and Manhattan have one of the most heated mid-major rivalries in sports. Just 11 miles separate the two colleges that often play each other two times a year. Iona has won 10 of the last 12 matchups, though Manhattan got the better of the Gaels in 2020.
Niagara Purple Eagles Men's Basketball
Niagara plays in the MAAC with Iona but has not experienced similar success. The Purple Eagles' last regular-season conference championship came in 2013, and they have not made the NCAA Tournament since 2007. They have one Sweet Sixteen appearance (1970). Niagara is currently led by second-year head coach Greg Paulus and plays its home games on campus at the Gallagher Center.
Niagara Purple Eagles Rivalry: vs. Canisius Golden Griffins. Both teams play in the MAAC and are just a 25-minute drive on I-190 N away from each other, so a heated rivalry has developed over time. The series has been nicknamed "Battle of the Bridge" for the Grand Island Bridge both teams cross to get to the other's campus. This is both teams' most-played series, facing off 135 times. Niagara leads the all-time series, 75-60.
Columbia Lions Men's Basketball
Columbia competes in the Ivy League for basketball, just like its other sports. The Lions do have three NCAA Tournament appearances and 13 regular-season conference championships, the last coming in 1968. Columbia has two NCAA Tournament wins and one Elite Eight appearance (1948). The Lions play their home games at Levien Gymnasium and are coached by Jim Engles.
Columbia Lions Rivalry: vs. Cornell Big Red. Although Cornell has had more postseason success than Columbia, it’s the Lions who have gotten the better of the Big Red in recent years. Since the 1949-50 season, the Lions lead the all-time series, 73-69. The games between these division rivals are always tight, as seen in the 0.8-point differential per game over the last 142.
Hofstra Pride Men's Basketball
Back-to-back defending regular-season Colonial Athletic Association champs, Hofstra basketball is among the best in its conference year in and year out. The Pride last made the NCAA Tournament in 2001 but has yet to win in four attempts. Hofstra is the defending CAA champ, but the season was cut short due to COVID-19. Joe Mihalich is in his eighth season as head coach for the Pride. They play their home games on campus at The Mack.
Hofstra Pride Rivalry: vs. Stony Brook Seawolves. Nicknamed "The Long Island Rivalry," Hofstra and Stony Brook hold an annual matchup despite competing in separate conferences. This is relatively new because Stony Brook became a Division I program in 1999, but it has quickly been labeled a rivalry by both athletic programs. Hofstra leads the all-time series, 24-5.
Army Black Knights Men's Basketball
Although its football program is independent, Army's basketball team competes in the Patriot League. The Black Knights are one of just four Division I teams that have been eligible for every NCAA Tournament yet have never received a postseason nod. They have been to eight National Invitation Tournaments (NIT), however. Current Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski was a guard at Army from 1966-69 and coached the team from 1975-80 before heading to Durham. Army is currently coached by Jimmy Allen and plays its home games in Christl Arena.
Army Black Knights Rivalry: vs. Navy Midshipmen. Both of these military academies compete in the Patriot League and face each other twice a year. Most people know Army-Navy's rivalry from football, but there have been over 130 matchups between the two in hoops, too. Navy leads the all-time series.
Canisius Golden Griffins Men's Basketball
Canisius basketball competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and has been to four NCAA Tournaments, its last coming in 1996. The Golden Griffins went to three consecutive Sweet Sixteens, including back-to-back Elite Eights in 1955-56. They are currently coached by Reggie Witherspoon and play home games at the Koessler Center.
Canisius Golden Griffins Rivalry: vs. Niagara Purple Eagles. These in-state rivals face off twice a year and will end their 2021 seasons against each other. Canisius split the 2020 series with Niagara; the Purple Eagles won the most recent bout. These two athletic programs created the Canal Cup in 2007, awarded to the best program across its 14 sports. Canisius has won nine straight.
Manhattan Jaspers Men's Basketball
One of the more successful mid-major basketball programs in New York, Manhattan has made eight NCAA Tournaments and 18 National Invitation Tournaments (NIT). Their most recent postseason win came in 2004, a Round of 64 upset over No. 5-seeded Florida. They lost to Wake Forest by four the next game. The Jaspers compete in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and are coached by Steve Masiello. They play home games at Draddy Gymnasium on campus.
Manhattan Jaspers Rivalry: vs. Iona Gaels. Manhattan head coach Steve Masiello told the New York Times back in 2015 that the rivalry between Manhattan and Iona carries the same feelings as Kentucky-Louisville. This series is nearing 100 all-time matchups with Iona leading the series, 58-42.
Albany Great Danes Men's Basketball
Albany basketball joined Division I in 1999, originally as an independent team before joining the America East Conference two years later. After a few down seasons, the Great Danes made back-to-back NCAA Tournaments in 2006 and 2007. In five total postseason appearances, Albany has won once, a First Four game against Mount St. Mary's. The Great Danes are led by Will Brown in his 20th year as head coach and play their home games at SEFCU Arena.
Albany Great Danes Rivalry: vs. Binghamton Bearcats. With Siena and Albany unable to agree on a venue for the Albany Cup, leading to a multi-year break between the two, Binghamton has slowly become one of Albany's bigger rivals. The two compete twice a year in the America East, with Albany winning the last five.
Long Island University (LIU) Sharks Men's Basketball
LIU basketball competes in the Northeast Conference and rejoined Division I in 1957. The Sharks have long been a top competitor in their conference, winning six NEC conference tournaments and making seven NCAA Tournament appearances. LIU is 0-7 in the tournament. Derek Kellogg is the head coach of a Sharks team that plays its home games at the Steinberg Wellness Center on campus in Brooklyn.
LIU Sharks Rivalry: vs. St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers. Nicknamed the "Battle of Brooklyn," this rivalry is an annual matchup between the Sharks and Terriers. Though they are both in the Northeast Conference and face each other twice a season, one of the matchups becomes the designated "Battle of Brooklyn." The host of the game alternates each year, and the winner is awarded the Lai-Lynch MVP Trophy. LIU leads the all-time series, 26-20, and won this year's rivalry game 102-88.
Stony Brook Seawolves Men's Basketball
Since joining the Division I level in 1999, Stony Brook basketball has been part of the America East Conference. After struggling their first few years, the Seawolves brought in now-Rutgers head coach Steve Pikiell in 2005. Three years later, Stony Brook had its first winning season and would go on to finish above .500 all but once until Pikiell's departure in 2016. The Seawolves have four regular-season conference championships but have made the NCAA Tournament just once (2016). Stony Brook is currently led by Geno Ford and plays its home games at Island Federal Credit Union Arena on campus.
Stony Brook Seawolves Rivalry: vs. Hofstra Pride. This rivalry is primarily fueled by the two schools both being located on Long Island. It has been a one-sided affair with Hofstra dominating the series since Stony Brook joined the Division I level in 1999. The Seawolves' last win over the Pride came in 2016.
Binghamton Bearcats Men's Basketball
Binghamton basketball joined the America East Conference when it moved up to the Division I level in 2001 and has just two seasons above .500 since. The Bearcats' best season came in 2009 when they won the conference tournament and made their first and only NCAA Tournament appearance. Binghamton plays its home games at the Binghamton University Events Center and is led by Tommy Dempsey in his ninth season at the helm.
Binghamton Bearcats Rivalry: vs. Albany Great Danes. The longest rivalry in college basketball for Binghamton comes against its upstate New York foe. These two teams became rivals at the Division II level, and it has continued as both moved up to Division I and now compete in the same conference. Each season Binghamton and Albany square off twice.
Siena Saints Men's Basketball
In its first season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Siena won the conference and made its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. The Saints have won 10 regular-season conference championships and made six NCAA Tournaments. In half of those appearances, Siena has made it to the Round of 32. The Saints’ most recent win came against No. 8-seeded Ohio State in 2009, a double-overtime win in the Round of 64. The Saints are coached by Carmen Maciariello and play their home games at Times Union Center in downtown Albany.
Siena Saints Rivalry: vs. Marist Red Foxes. This rivalry is often referred to as "The Battle of I-87" for the two-hour commute on Interstate-87 between the two campuses. Siena has largely dominated this matchup, but there have been its heated moments, including an on-court brawl in the 1983-84 season. The Saints lead the all-time series, 46-25.
Fordham Rams Men's Basketball
Fordham basketball has struggled since joining the Atlantic 10 Conference, recording just two winning seasons since 1995. The height of its success came in the Patriot League, where the Rams won back-to-back conference tournaments in 1991-92. Fordham's lone NCAA Tournament win came in 1971 en route to a Sweet 16 appearance. It's their only win in five games. The Rams fired head coach Jeff Neubauer midway through the 2021 season; Mike DePaoli is the current interim head coach. Fordham plays its home games at Rose Hill Gymnasium.
Fordham Rams Rivalry: vs. St. John's Red Storm. These in-state rivals are both located in New York City, and though they haven't competed over the last few years, they have met nearly 90 times since their first meeting in 1909. St. John's leads the all-time series, 66-22, though Fordham is 14-15 at home against the Red Storm.
Colgate Raiders Men's Basketball
Competing in the Patriot League, Colgate is primed to win its third consecutive regular-season championship in 2021. The Raiders have made three NCAA Tournaments and are 0-3, their most recent appearance a seven-point loss to No. 2-seed Tennessee in 2019. Colgate is coached by Matt Langel and plays its home games at Cotterell Court.
Colgate Raiders Rivalry: vs. Cornell Big Red. Though they don't compete in the same conference, these two teams face off annually in nonconference play. Colgate has won the last four over Cornell, though the Big Red has had more success all-time.
Marist Red Foxes Men's Basketball
Marist transitioned to the Division I level for the 1981-82 season and secured its first NCAA Tournament berth within five years. Its most successful time as a basketball program came in the mid-1980s when it made its only two postseason appearances. The Red Foxes lost both games. Marist moved from the Northeast Conference to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in 1997. They play their home games at McCann Arena and are coached by John Dunne.
Marist Red Foxes Rivalry: vs. Siena Saints. Just two hours away on Interstate-87, the Marist-Siena rivalry is strongest in college basketball than other sports between the programs. Both teams were in the same conference at the Division II level and again when Marist moved to the MAAC in 1997. The Red Foxes split this year's two-game series with the Saints.
St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers Men's Basketball
St. Francis became a founding father of the Northeast Conference in 1981, and despite being crowned regular-season champion three times since, has never been to the NCAA Tournament. Glenn Braica is in his 11th season at the helm for the Terriers, who play their home games at the Generoso Pope Athletic Complex on campus.
St. Francis Brooklyn Rivalry: vs. LIU Sharks. These two Brooklyn colleges have a storied rivalry, playing in the Northeast Conference together for 30 years. This is one of the oldest conference rivalries and one that will be sustained for the foreseeable future due to the one mile that separates these two campuses.
Wagner Seahawks Men's Basketball
Wagner basketball joined the Northeast Conference at the start of the 1988-89 season and largely struggled over the next decade. It wasn't until 2003 when the Seahawks won their first and only conference tournament, securing a postseason berth. Though they have won the NEC regular season twice since, Wagner has yet to return to the NCAA Tournament. The Seahawks play their home games at Spiro Sports Complex and are coached by Bashir Mason.
Wagner Seahawks Rivalry: vs. Fairleigh Dickinson Knights. Though this rivalry crosses state borders, Fairleigh Dickinson is Wagner's most-played opponent at 91 games. These affairs have been extremely close and have been decided by an average of 0.5 points per game. Though the Knights lead the all-time series, Wagner swept the 2021 series between the two.
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Big East Tournament
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2K Sports Classic
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The Pinstripe Bowl
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Go Bowling at the Glen
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