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Football Surpasses Baseball, but Nascar takes the lead with BYOB to races?

September 15, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments
Tailgating

Tailgating

Sitting at a bar, watching the Chargers vs. Raiders game, I made a comment to my friend that it’s football season, and thus being so football has taken over the television.  You wouldn’t even know that it is still baseball season if you weren’t watching the news or Sports Center’s daily updates.  I am a huge baseball fan, but my friend had to make his own comment, saying that baseball is dying out.  I had to point out to him however that baseball is America’s original pass time sport.  Upon that came a discussion on how certain sports would be more popular, with a relation to alcohol.  Alcohol?  Let me explain…

NASCAR is the most popular sport in the nation to watch. (I emphasize watch, because as far as playing goes, not everyone can own a racecar).  Kind of hard to believe, right, if you’re not from the south (as the stereotype goes).  Well statistics show that it is (if you compare it to the NFL alone.  Of course if you calculated NFL, college football, and highschool football together, football would be number one; but that’s like pinning 3 teams against 1).  The reason behind this may be, not just that rednecks (no offense), love NASCAR and this country has a huge upbringing due to southerners in history.  But the more interesting reason would have to be the fact that at NASCAR races, you are allowed to bring your own alcohol into the stadiums.  Think about it, how often do you see a NASCAR race (well if you have ever brought yourself to watch a race), and seen the bleachers empty?  NASCAR races are almost always near sold out.  Baseball games however, it’s not uncommon to see a not sold out game.  The only time a baseball game usually ends up sold out is during the World Series, or if two huge rivalry teams are playing each other. 

Now baseball, perhaps it is dying out, and look at this…You used to be able to tailgate at any baseball park; that was half the fun of going to a game.  Then slowly they started implementing rules such as no glass bottles in the parking lot if you are going to tailgate – understandable.  Now however there are few  baseball stadiums where you can even tailgate anymore.  Living in California, I noticed that the Angels stadium was one of the last stadiums you could still tailgate at.  The Dodgers stadium doesn’t allow it anymore (unless you don’t get caught).  However, now more often people are getting tickets left and right for “drunk in public” offenses at even the Angels stadium.  It seems they’re not as friendly with the idea of people tailgating here anymore, and I don’t ever hear about riots at the Angels stadium, so it can’t be that.  It’s only a matter of time before they throw out allowing people to tailgate at this stadium too.   And I don’t think I need to mention the fact that NASCAR DOES allow tailgating? If you’ve even glimpsed the beginning of a NASCAR race as you’re flipping through the channels, you see even trailers and RV’s everywhere, and those pick up trucks with thousands of people tailgating way before the line  up of the race.

So what if baseball, football, or any other sport, started to allow you to bring your own alcohol into the stadiums?  Of course no one expects this because then the stadium would be losing all that money they make on selling you too highly priced beers. (ie: $12 for a 20 oz. bottle of Corona).  And perhaps football and baseball games tend to get a little more routy, but whether they’re spending money or not, the people are going to drink to the level of intoxication that they want to get to. 

Football is far surpassing baseball these days.   Attendance for college football is over 30 million fans per year, TV ratings for college and professional football, especially the Super Bowl (it is pretty much a holiday in this country), dwarf even the best baseball ratings, and football is the biggest sporting event at highschools. And, at football stadiums you are still allowed to tailgate, granted it’s a little more strict these days.  Allow the people to bring in their own alcohol and football would for sure over rank NASCAR in no time, in any sort of statistic.  Come on, I bet you can name more football teams than NASCAR racers.

So is being able to bring your own alcohol into a stadium the solution to sold out games?  Well it would be a very sticky solution.  Stadiums would be worried about how badly their alcohol sales would decrease, especially when major beer companies are usually main sponsors for a stadium.  But, perhaps upon bringing in your own alcohol, you would have to pay a little more for a ticket.  Now you’re probably thinking people are still not going to go games if tickets are more expensive; but if you look at it this way, pay $10 more for a ticket, bring in your own alcohol, well that $10 extra is the cost you would have paid for ONE beer at a game anyways.  Somehow, even with as expensive as NASCAR tickets are, probably due to the fact that you can B.Y.O.B., they still manage to fill the stadium.  Besides, people would probably be excited to hear of this new development and flood into the stadiums to experience this new revelation.

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  1. August 19, 2010 at 6:48 am

    Loved the article. Not all of us “red-necks” (I’m a northern redneck)actually bring in a cooler either. I opt for paying the price for the alcohol so that I don’t have to drag a cooler with me up into the bleachers or stands. I’ve seen plenty of people do it, but when it comes to race weekend, I am not into carrying & lugging a bunch of stuff behind me that I still have to lug around when the race is over. Besides, I tend to think that there is potential for less drunken arguments. You do still have your major fanatics, but think about it. You have not fans for just 2 teams. You have the potential to be spread between 43 different “teams”. Besides I’ve found most motorsport fans to be more laid back and very appreciative when another driver does well. Again, not all, but many.

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