Restricting sports betting to upstate casinos would forfeit millions in tax revenue By Daniel Wallach and Robert Rosborough, New York Daily News February 24, 2019 at 6:43 pm In a time when New York is seeing stunning declines in state tax revenues and faces an unexpected $2.3 billion budget shortfall, the state must not miss out on valuable opportunities to raise new revenue. That’s why the push to implement sports betting in New York without offering mobile wagering is a mistake the state can’t afford to make. New York’s current sports betting law will force New Yorkers to place their bets in person, at upstate casinos hundreds of miles from where most New Yorkers live. Mobile wagering would bring legalized sports betting to the entire state, not just to those at casinos, and open up a vast new potential stream of tax revenue. According to one report, New York could become the largest sports-betting state in the nation.