Arkansas athletic chiefs suggest sports betting rule changes

Arkansas athletic chiefs suggest sports betting rule changes
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Racing Commission has received almost 150 comments on proposed sports betting rules for casinos, including suggestions from the athletic directors of four state universities.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the athletic directors of Arkansas State University and three University of Arkansas System campuses submitted a joint letter to the commission. The directors are seeking protections to reduce the risk of student-athlete exploitation and preserve collegiate game integrity.

Pope County residents submitted about 98 percent of the comments, with only 20 residents expressing support for bringing a casino to the area.

Arkansas voters approved an amendment in November that allows the state to have four casinos, including one in Pope County.

The commission will hold a public hearing on the issue on Thursday.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com