DESTIN, Fla. — SEC presidents discussed again the possibility of allowing alcohol sales at sporting events, but didn’t take any action.
That’s an indication wine and beer could eventually be available for the general public at games, as it already is at some places in premium seating. But it’s not imminent.
“There are different perspectives,” SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said after Friday’s meeting.
The talks come while, on an experimental basis, the NCAA is allowing beer and wine sales in general seating at this year’s baseball and softball College World Series events. It’s the first time alcohol will be available to the general public at an NCAA championship event.
“We’ll continue to talk about what might be happening with some baseball circumstances, and see if we need to engage in some additional clarification,” Sankey said. “But no wholesale conversation about selling beer in some stadiums.”
Thirty-four schools permit beer to be sold at football games, including seven power-five schools: Miami, Texas, West Virginia, Maryland, Louisville, Syracuse and Minnesota.
The NCAA, in announcing the College World Series decision, said it was influenced by what it heard from those places that had moved to sell alcohol.
“Part of the impetus for the decision came from school reports that indicated once they started selling alcohol at events, alcohol-related incidents declined sharply,” the NCAA stated in a release. “Theories suggest that making alcohol available in the stadium prevents incidents of binge drinking before events and discourages people from attempting to bring outside alcohol into the venue.”