About PlayNY.com

PlayNY is your local resource for information about all legal New York gambling and sports betting. Below, you can find out who we are, why we do what we do, and most importantly, how you can reach out to us with your questions.

The PlayNY mission

The goal of our site is to provide New Yorkers’ with a combination of unbiased news coverage, educational resources, and information about the top sportsbooks and bonus offers legally available in NY.

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Catena Media
11700 W. Charleston BLVD #170 – 520
Las Vegas, NV 89135

(646) 543-0245

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Who we are

PlayNY is part of the Catena Media network. Catena Media owns and operates dozens of sites across the US, all of which cover the legal gambling industry in every state in the country. Every gambling site that we discuss is a legal and regulated entity in its respective state. In other words, we at PlayNY will never name nor review any gambling outlet that is anything short of a fully licensed company in the State of New York.

Catena Media is a licensed and registered vendor in any jurisdiction where registration is required by law. According to NYCRR Title 9, Part 5307.3 (b), various types of organizations — including media outlets — are not required to acquire a license in New York. If at any time, however, the commission changes the rules or requirements, Catena Media will gladly submit the appropriate verification and application to become an official entity in New York.

PlayNY is an affiliate news site. While you may find advertisements for legal NY gambling sites, the companies behind the ads do not have a say in our editorial content. Each of these advertisements is the result of our affiliate partnerships with these companies. We do not accept paid advertising offers of any kind.

How we work

We understand that there are many different choices when it comes to information on the internet. Not everything you read is trustworthy. So, we go through several different steps and procedures to ensure that you can take what you read on PlayNY to the bank.

First of all, we get our information from as close to the source as we can. If we discuss the law, we cite the text of the law as published by the state government. If we discuss bills in the Assembly, we speak to their authors. Any statistics you see are usually drawn directly from gaming commission reports. PlayNY does not report on gossip or secondhand information — period.

We also subject every published word to a rigorous review process. By the time you read something on PlayNY, several different pairs of eyes have gone over the material for both accuracy and grammatical correctness. In addition, PlayNY’s managing editor, Grant Lucas, goes over almost every single thing published — sometimes more than once — and his years of experience are always helpful for spotting things that may have been otherwise missed.

You can read more about how we assemble our stories in our editorial guidelines.

The people behind PlayNY

All of the content that you see on PlayNY is written, edited, and reviewed to the highest professional standards. We do not accept guest submissions or publish user-generated content on the site. Every word is the product of hours of research and the years of experience each of our team members brings to the table. In other words, every bit of information you read on PlayNY comes from highly skilled professionals who write about gambling for a living. So, without further ado, here are the superstars that produce the high-quality work you see on PlayNY:

Content Manager: Ian St. Clair

Ian St. Clair is the content manager for PlayNY. He’s an award-winning journalist who has covered gambling and legal sports betting since early 2020. While he doesn’t have roots in New York, he’s been a huge New York Yankees fan since the 1980s and wishes he could have hung out with Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack.

Senior Managing Editor: Grant Lucas

Grant Lucas is a longtime sports writer who has covered the high school, collegiate and professional levels. A graduate of Linfield College in McMinnville, Grant has covered games and written features and columns surrounding prep sports, Linfield and Oregon State athletics, the Portland Trail Blazers and golf throughout his career.

Lead writer: Mike Mazzeo

The lead writer for PlayNY, Mike has covered New York sports since 2010, previously working as a beat writer and columnist for ESPN (Nets), Yahoo Sports (NBA/MLB) and the New York Daily News (Yankees). His work has also been published in the New York Times, New York Post, Forbes and The Ringer.

PlayNY Contributor: Matthew Kredell

Matthew has covered efforts to legalize and regulate online gambling since 2007. His reporting on the legalization of sports betting began in 2010 with an article for Playboy Magazine on how the NFL was pushing US money overseas by fighting the expansion of regulated sports betting. A USC journalism alum, Matt started his career as a sportswriter at the Los Angeles Daily News and has written on a variety of topics for Playboy, Men’s Journal, Los Angeles magazine, LA Weekly and ESPN.com.

PlayNY Contributor: Derek Helling

Derek Helling is a freelance journalist who resides in Kansas City, Mo. In addition to gaming news, he covers esports, sports business and sports law. When he isn’t working, he spends his time collecting baseball cards and helping his wife Audrey serve their two Munchkin cat overlords.

PlayNY Lead Analyst: Dustin Gouker

Dustin Gouker has been a sports journalist for more than 15 years, working as a reporter, editor and designer — including stops at The Washington Post and the D.C. Examiner. He also co-hosts the Legal Sports Report podcast.

Work with us

Catena Media is growing by leaps and bounds! If you would like to be a part of an organization dedicated to covering all aspects of the legal gambling industry in the US, be it in New York or elsewhere, we’d love to hear from you. We are always looking for writers and journalists who have a passion for gaming and want to dive into this growing business. Visit the careers section of the Catena Media website to see what roles we’re trying to fill, or email us and let us know how we can help each other out.

Get in touch

If you are a member of the media and need additional information, contact Zack Hall at [email protected]. He is our Head of Media Relations and will be more than happy to assist you in any way that he can. You can also visit our media inquiries page for more information.

If you have concerns about something you’ve read on site, are interested in working with us, or simply want to tell us that we’re doing a great job, we’d love to hear from you! It might take us a day or two, but we will respond to your questions as soon as we can. Thanks for stopping by at PlayNY!

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