Alcohol-related incidents at Minnesota’s TCF Stadium were down in 2013, and profits up, Minnesota is likely to continue selling alcohol to fans at football games in the future. Following a two-year experiment with promising results, the school hopes to get legislative approval to continue selling alcohol in 2014 and beyond.
According to the Star Tribune, alcohol-related incidents during football games in 2013 were down compared to the first year of alcohol sales at football game sin 2010. A total of 59 incidents were reported by police during the 2013 season, compared to 77 incidents involving alcohol in 2010, two years prior to selling alcohol at games. It would appear Minnesota has gotten a handle on monitoring and enforcing conduct inside the football stadium. Minnesota hosted seven football games each season from 2010 through 2013, so the numbers are fair to compare on a yearly basis.
That’s nice, but what about the money?
Minnesota recorded a profit of $181,678 off the sale of beer and wine at home games. With start-up expenses behind them a year ago, Minnesota saw an increase in profit this season by about $160,000. That is an extra $160,000 that goes toward funding the athletics program.
That’s reason alone to continue selling alcohol, and could be something that inspires other universities to give it a shot.
Arkansas recently announced they had intentions of selling beer and wine to fans in premium seats.
Missouri’s Michael Sam may or may not be drafted by an NFL team. He may or may not ever play a down in the NFL. Time will tell how many doors he has helped open to those hiding their sexual preferences from others. One thing we do know is that Sam’s announcement earlier this week has forced athletic directors and football coaches everywhere to take a good hard look at their programs to ensure they would be able to address the situation of having a gay football player in the their program as admirably as Missouri’s football program appears to have done.
Sam opened up to his team in August before the start of the season. Missouri’s football team and coaches came together and showed support for their teammate by not leaking the information to the media or public, which allowed Sam to confirm the news on his own terms. Some players from other programs have said their school would handle it the same way or that Sam would have no problem being in the same locker room as the rest of the team, but the Associated Press learned multiple schools are reviewing their policies to ensure they would have the same kind of environment Missouri created.
“One of the first things I did was go back to our senior staff and say, ‘OK, let’s look at our policy. Let’s make sure we don’t have any issues here,” said Troy AD John Hartwell. “Because at the end of the day, you’re going to have teammates that are of a different race than you are, of a different nationality, of a different economic background, possibly of a different sexual orientation — with a whole variety of beliefs.”
“In today’s society, it’s more of a media (thing) — are you prepared for the media?” TCU Athletics Director Chris Del Conte said. “And if you’re not, let’s give you the tools necessary to help you.”
Sam is not the first gay football player, nor will he be the last. With schools around the country taking the time now to ensure they would be able to properly and respectfully handle having a gay football player in their program, it may not be much longer before another player breaks his silence.
One of Auburn’s top defensive recruits in the Class of 2014 now has a legal bump in the road behind him. Defensive back Kalvarez Bessent was cleared on all drug-related charges from an arrest last week.
Bessent was charged for possession fo 20 grams of marijuana and for the intent to distribute last week during a traffic stop. He was charged along with two others during the traffic stop in Nassau County, Florida. This week the charges were dropped, including one for possession of drug paraphernalia found inside the car. A gun was also found in the car, although one of th other passengers in the car said the gun and the marijuana did not belong to Bessent.
“After meeting with the state attorney’s office yesterday, we are pleased to hear the state has decided there was no evidence to support the charges against Kalvaraz,” attorney Travis A. Reinhold said in a report by AL.com. “All charges have been dropped. From the beginning of this ordeal, Kalvaraz maintained he had no involvement in the alleged conduct and he is looking forward to graduating from Camden County (Ga.) High School and attending Auburn University.”
Rivals ranks Bessent as a four-star defensive back and the 13th top player in the state of Georgia.