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Alcohol sales at NCAA championships approved by Division I council

Alcohol being sold at NCAA championship events moved closer to reality after the Division I Council approved a change Wednesday.

The council action isn’t considered final until the board meeting closes on April 25.

The NCAA had previously allowed alcohol sales in general seating at the College World Series and Women’s College World Series as part of a pilot program for the past two years. 

The measure will allow alcohol to be sold at the Football Championship Subdivision’s championship game; at all three divisions for wrestling, men’s lacrosse championships and at men’s ice hockey and women’s volleyball championships.

Alcohol sales are already permitted at the College Football Playoff and other New Year’s Six bowls, which are not administered by the NCAA.

Among other changes adopted by the council was an approval for prospective student-athletes to make official visits earlier in the recruiting cycle. 

Recruits in sports other than football and basketball will be allowed to start making official visits on Sept. 1 of their junior year in high school instead of the first day of classes for senior year.


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