The Arkansas Racing Commission will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday to adopt a rule governing sports betting on mobile devices.

The casinos in the state already offer sports betting on site, but the rule would allow them to use Internet platforms to take bets from people on cell phones and other devices.

The point of contention is the proposed requirement that any deals struck with national sports betting outfits would require 51 percent of the profits to remain in Arkansas. Typically the national online bookmakers limit casino profits to 5 to 15 percent in return for promoting betting on their platforms (DraftKings, FanDuel, to name two).

Since I last reported on public response, there’s been a surge of comments in opposition to the revenue sharing rule stirred up by a campaign promoted by the national betting outfits and their lobbyists. The lobbyists will undoubtedly be on hand Thursday to oppose the rule.

Casinos may choose to develop their own betting platforms as well as strike a deal with a national betting site. The national outfits don’t oppose independently developed platforms,  but they say the state may not stipulate terms of contracts with them, should casinos choose to enter one. They believe their ower to draw business is sufficient to force casinos into settling for small shares of the profit.