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Alcohol Sales for the General Public at SEC Football Games isn’t Happening Anytime Soon

In the SEC it just means more…unless you’re talking about alcohol.

For the umpteenth year in a row, league officials punted on removing the stadium-wide ban of alcohol sales at SEC schools.  Speaking at the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin, Florida, commissioner Greg Sankey provided a statement with little confidence that a significant change will happen.

“There has been ongoing dialogue,” Sankey said.  “That’s not a topic that exists only when the newspaper articles are written two weeks before Destin every year. But that hasn’t produced change at this point among our membership.”

To remove the (stupid) rule, it would require a majority vote from the league’s 14 presidents/chancellors.  The Knoxville News Sentinel spoke with athletic directors from Florida and Alabama, neither of which believe it’s happening anytime soon.  When Sankey was asked if a vote could potentially happen, he replied:

“It hasn’t happened so far,” Sankey said. “Perhaps every day we’re closer, but that doesn’t mean we are.”

The SEC’s stance on alcohol sales could not be more hypocritical.  According to the SEC, alcohol is not bad if you’re rich.  If you can afford to sit in a suite, drink all you want.  If you’re too poor, sorry Charlie.  Keep those suds in the parking lot.

Officials who want to keep alcohol out of the hands of the general public will argue that booze in stadiums will inflame bad behavior.  They also might believe it goes against the values of a conservative south.  However, if people can’t buy booze from their seats, they’re either going to get too much before the game, or sneak it into the stands.  If you hold a moral opposition against any alcohol inside stadiums, than you’re a hypocrite for allowing those in the suites to consume alcohol.

As Sankey mentioned, this topic is brought up every year at the SEC Spring Meetings, and every year nothing happens.  Meanwhile, the league is losing out on millions in alcohol revenue.  At this point, keeping the alcohol ban makes absolutely no sense.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

22 Comments for Alcohol Sales for the General Public at SEC Football Games isn’t Happening Anytime Soon

  1. KTR2786
    3:06 pm May 31, 2018 Permalink

    Jeebus always gets in the way of reason, fun and business!

  2. Han
    3:09 pm May 31, 2018 Permalink

    Drunk idiots don’t make anything better.

  3. damage_control
    3:15 pm May 31, 2018 Permalink

    Or sober idiots- too bad we can’t ban them.

  4. UKfansNKY
    3:15 pm May 31, 2018 Permalink

    I’m good with that.

  5. hay22cats
    3:19 pm May 31, 2018 Permalink

    Just like NFL almost intolerable to be around if your allowed to drink at games. People can drink in suites because they are separated from the general public not because they are rich.

  6. mothandras
    3:19 pm May 31, 2018 Permalink

    Another reason to just go to a bar.. watch from an RV tailgating.. sneak booze in.. or just stay at home. It seems pretty stupid that almost all the other conferences allow it, and bowl games allow it. People drink outside the stadiums.. sneak it in.. its happening regardless of them allowing it. Better to allow it.. make money off it.

    • IAmTheDanger
      3:30 pm May 31, 2018 Permalink

      Just like the gambling jag, either allow it and profit from it or ban it and watch the money go in someone else’s pocket. I am not a big proponent of either but be smart about it. Look at prohibition….how’d that work? People will always find other sources if you don’t provide it….period.

  7. GTx2
    3:29 pm May 31, 2018 Permalink

    Why don’t they just say it?

    “We don’t want alcohol because (insert panders to the religious reason / non live-and-let-live philosophy reason here)”.

  8. 007Ken
    3:38 pm May 31, 2018 Permalink

    I like the alcohol ban. It is more family friendly.

    • jaws2
      3:54 pm May 31, 2018 Permalink

      You’re going to bring religion into this? Please. You ever been around a bunch of drunken people at a ballgame? It makes the experience intolerable. Falling on folks, puking around you, and fights. Yep, a great experience for games. I’m no prude and love my Woodford, but alcohol at games is not a great idea just for the bucks. You think more people are coming to the games JUST because they can drink. Seriously? Go to a UofSmell football game and get back to me. The place is a drunkfest.

    • Wade
      9:51 pm May 31, 2018 Permalink

      I live in Jax fl now and went to bowl game last yr and had a great time even though we lost but there was alcohol and no problems mostly cats fans! But do u think if it were just beer and wine at the concessions and only served through halftime would that be reasonable. People are gonna tailgate sneak drinks in all that but concessions could be great and family friendly? Some people have family gatherings in the afternoon on game day and get way worse!

    • jaws2
      3:57 pm May 31, 2018 Permalink

      Sorry, this was for GTx2.

  9. blueblue
    3:57 pm May 31, 2018 Permalink

    Just wondering. How many of the other Power 5 conferences allow it? All of them? None of them? Somewhere in between?

  10. Rod Crandler
    4:01 pm May 31, 2018 Permalink

    Went to watch UK play at UofLol. It was fun watching the card on card crime. I could not believe how many drunk fans were fighting with each other. It was hilarious.

    • IAmTheDanger
      4:09 pm May 31, 2018 Permalink

      Now that doesn’t surprise me, lol…when I saw the video of the girl doing a “garbage shot” at a UK game, I thought I was gonna’ get sick. Thanks to UL for introducing me to that one.

    • IAmTheDanger
      4:16 pm May 31, 2018 Permalink

      **at a UL game** spell check doesn’t want to accept UL, can you blame it?

  11. sincitycat
    4:38 pm May 31, 2018 Permalink

    When I went to UK we played in Stoll Field and no alcohol was served. However, there were not too many sober students in the student section. My point is, just sneak your bourbon in if you want to drink.

  12. NOLAcat
    5:01 pm May 31, 2018 Permalink

    Another horrible (stupid) article by Roush. At least y’all are trying to cover football, but if you open your eyes when you swing you might hit one every now and then. And thanks for not mentioning that clown high school of yours again; some credit is due there.

    • bigbluebanana
      6:13 pm May 31, 2018 Permalink

      He’s worse than the interns who just copy and paste articles from other sources. He has to have dirt on Matt or something

  13. JTHinton
    6:13 pm May 31, 2018 Permalink

    Does anyone else love that sec logo

  14. katmandue2you
    6:34 pm May 31, 2018 Permalink

    What’s the big freakin deal? Much ado about nothing. Even if they have alcohol sales, who wants to pay $8 for a freakin beer???!!!! I’ll slip my pint of Beam in and spike my coke and life will be better than ever. Y’all a bunch of crybaby malcontents.

  15. katmandue2you
    6:41 pm May 31, 2018 Permalink

    What’s the big deal??!!! Much ado about nothing!! Who wants to pay $8 for a beer or $10 for a mixed drink anyway???? Me…I’ll slip my pint of Beam in and spike my coke like always and life will be better than ever. The sooner you young whipper snappers quit thinking you always know better the sooner true wisdom might migrate your way. Y’all a bunch of crybaby malcontents! Sneak your booze in! It’s part of the allure and a helluva lot cheaper!