New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants 2019 to be the year legal sports betting comes to his state.
"Let's authorize sports betting in the upstate casinos," Cuomo said Tuesday early in his State of the State address. "It's here. It's a reality, and it will generate activity in those casinos."
New York passed a 2013 law that authorized four upstate casinos -- Del Lago Resort, Tioga Downs, Rivers (Schenectady) and Resorts World Catskills -- to offer in-person sports betting, if permitted by federal law.
Cuomo did not offer any additional details regarding his plan for sports betting.
New York Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow has said that he plans to introduce new sports betting legislation, potentially including an online element, this year, and believes that it is "90 percent" likely that sports betting would be approved during the 2019 legislative session.
An analysis by research firm Eilers and Krejcik Gaming projected that legal, land-based sports betting in New York could generate $532 million in annual gross gaming revenue.