The Southeastern Conference Spring Meeting begins Tuesday in Destin, Florida.
As always, the event starts with a series of meetings during the day involving football, basketball coaches and administrators, followed by a beachside reception complete with open bar.
LSU athletic director Joe Alleva would like to see the bar be opened across the SEC at schools’ discretion.
Alleva said he has brought up the idea of extending beer sales stadium-wide at football, basketball and baseball games. He is considering putting the matter forward again this week.
Currently, alcohol is served only in suites and club seating areas of Tiger Stadium and suites in Alex Box Stadium. No alcohol is served at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
In addition to expanding a revenue stream for schools, Alleva contends that fans will be less likely to drink heavily before entering Tiger Stadium if they are allowed to purchase beer in the stadium.
SEC baseball tourney vote
A vote of SEC presidents on a future site for the SEC baseball tournament is expected to be announced Friday.
Hoover, Alabama, which has hosted the event since 1998, is competing with four cities: Metairie; Memphis, Tennessee; Nashville, Tennessee; and Jacksonville, Florida. Memphis is considered the biggest threat to Hoover.
A four-year contract to run 2017-20 is most likely.
Football TV times
CBS typically announces a partial schedule in Destin, so we may learn kickoff times of another LSU game or two.
So far, the only LSU kickoff time set is 2:30 p.m. Sept. 3 when the Tigers meet Wisconsin in Green Bay’s Lambeau Field. The game will be televised by ABC.
CBS also usually announces the date of its once-a-season day-night doubleheader this week. If it’s Nov. 5, there’s a good bet that the LSU-Alabama game will be a 7 p.m. kickoff in Tiger Stadium.
Collaborative instant replay
The SEC announced earlier this month that it’s altering its football instant replay policy with the addition of a replay headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama, to assist officials on site.
Expect more news on how that will work from SEC coordinator of football officials Steve Shaw as well as updates on rules changes Thursday.
No money talk
Perhaps the SEC is making so much money now that it takes the conference longer to count it all.
For years, the SEC has announced its revenue distribution with its member schools at the end of the Spring Meeting. But the conference announced last week that this year’s revenue distribution won’t be made public until October, after a review from the SEC Executive Committee.