Changing Gambling Laws Affect Track Attendance in New York

Larry Scott watches the races from the many screens at the off-track betting parlor in Phoenix, New York. He says he doesn’t have any desire to bet on the horses online and prefers the OTB.Attendance at horse racing tracks has declined, and many blame the availability of online betting. Why deal with parking, unpredictable weather, and expensive concession stand food when all you care about is handicapping the race and winning money? As part of our “Track Tech” series, Ryan Delaney examines the implications of changing gambling laws in New York, home of the Belmont Stakes.

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“Track Tech” is part of a collaboration between WEKU, Louisville Public Media, and NPR’s Innovation Trail.