Sports fan patiently await an announcement from Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey, regarding the league’s stadium alcohol policy.
SEC bylaws currently restrict the sale of alcohol to private controlled areas, like luxury suite boxes. Selling booze to the average Joe, who sits in the general seating area, is outlawed.
Today, that could all change.
“Part of the reluctance is the venue atmosphere if it’s deployed, that being alcohol,” Sankey said, while appearing on SiriusXM radio this week. “It has to be done responsibly, both by those providing and those consuming, and that’s not an insignificant part of the conversation.”
The policy change would require a majority vote from the SEC’s 14 school presidents, who are wrapping up the final day of spring meetings in Destin, FL.
The SEC is the last of the power five conferences to restrict alcohol sales outside of premium seating.
In the spring of 2018, the NCAA lifted its long-standing ban on alcohol sales at championship events. The decision came after a two-year pilot program at the College World Series, according to the Omaha World-Herald.
Should the SEC follow suit like those around it, the next question is how much autonomy schools would have to act on the issue.