The University of Tulsa is going to sell beer to its fans who attend their home football games this year.
Is this a good idea?
Oklahoma and Oklahoma State don’t sell alcohol at their concession stands and have no announced plans to change.
Of course, the luxury boxes at TU, OU and OSU have all kinds of liquor available for donors. And there is no question that a lot of beer (and other hard drinks) are consumed outside these stadiums at tailgate parties.
It used to be a tradition for OU fans to exit at halftime (when the football team was way ahead) to get a beer at O’Connell’s Pub across the street (few made it back for the second half).
TU is adding beer sales to its concession stands to raise money and perhaps make the game more enjoyable for beer drinkers.
There is a social movement to make alcohol more accessible. State voters in November could approve putting wine and strong beer in convenience stores and liberalizing other state liquor laws.
Those changes will undoubtedly pass.
This isn’t an argument for prohibition, but must college sports serve alcohol? Will this make it more likely that someone will get drunk at the game and have a car wreck on the way home? If you want to get drunk while watching college football, wouldn’t it be better to do so in your living room where you can’t hurt anyone else? Do families really want to take their young kids to a sporting event where people may get drunk?
TU and OSU sell promotions to casinos. (OU won’t advertise casinos and OU shows a tape of Coach Bob Stoops before kickoff admonishing gamblers to seek counseling.)
Unfortunately, selling beer to fans is a logical next step.