As we reported yesterday, the Southeastern Conference once again deferred on removing the ban on stadium-wide alcohol sales at games; today, we found out Kentucky is one of the schools fighting the hardest to keep it in place.
According to Sports Illustrated, during discussions this week at the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin, Kentucky and Georgia were the strongest advocates for keeping the current policy, which only allows alcohol sales in premium areas. The SEC is the only Power 5 conference with this kind of loophole, which, as Nick Roush wrote yesterday, is completely hypocritical:
I’ve done enough preaching on this topic, but if the SEC is going to allow alcohol sales in part of the stadium, they need to allow it in the entire stadium.
Worried about it affecting the family atmosphere at games? First, I guarantee three people on your row already sneak in a flask or chug beers in the parking lot. Second, the NCAA just voted to allow alcohol sales at championship events after a two-year pilot program in which they discovered the number of alcohol-related incidents actually went down, “in some cases significantly.” Heck, even West Virginia — the hottest mess of them all — cited reduced incidents of binge drinking once they started selling alcohol stadium wide. And don’t get me started on the amount of money it would bring in. It’s enough to make Scrooge McDuck blush.
The fact that this ban still exists is annoying enough; the fact that Kentucky’s fighting to keep it in place?