The SEC’s stance on alcohol sales at sporting events

While policies vary among conferences and schools regarding alcohol sales at college sporting events, SEC commissioner Mike Slive says the topic is not an agenda item at this week’s business meetings.

That doesn’t mean it won’t be discussed.

“There hasn’t been yet. We discussed it the last time our AD’s met and left it just the way it is. Somebody may want to discuss it again. I don’t think it’s an agenda item,” Slive said.

While some schools allow sales others are considering the possibilities in a search for untapped revenue streams.

This Nebraska fan site references an AP report that indicates the revenue potential may not be as it seems on the surface:

A conference rule change would be required for any SEC school to begin selling beer at football games or other evens. When asked about the topic Monday Slive answered carefully and only re-stated the existing conference rule which addresses campuses but not neutral sites.

“We have a conference rule. We may be unique in that area, I can’t say for sure, but I think we may be unique. We don’t allow the sale of beer in public areas. That rule is our rule. The areas of discussion have been not about our rule at our places but what happens at neutral sites? Because our rule is silent as to neutral sites. For example in Jacksonville … but the institutions made the decision that that’s not going to happen. Arkansas plays (Texas) A&M at Cowboy Stadium, and they came to a different conclusion. But our rule has been in place … it’s one of our game management policies. It’s been in place for a long time, and we haven’t changed it,” Slive said.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • NorthMSReb

    When alcohol is approved for sale at campus stadiums, I will stop buying season tickets.

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