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February 19, 2019
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 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.

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