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(Yahoo)   Golfer Justin Thomas thinks it's insane for fans to pay $18 for Michelob Ultra at PGA Championship, calls on PGA to treat them better   (sports.yahoo.com) divider line
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2022-05-17 10:10:42 PM  
I would have to take a mortgage out on my house to get drunk enough to be able to watch people play golf.
 
2022-05-17 10:17:13 PM  
It's a 4 bit beer
 
2022-05-18 2:39:05 AM  
WWHGD?

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He should do a sequel where on one green, they pan to the crowd and show that everyone is taped up to Colt 45 bottles like a giant game of Edward Fortyhands
 
2022-05-18 4:05:28 AM  
A few years ago, I got to go to the Boeing Classic. It's a PGA Champions tournament for older players, and it's basically a big festival and no one really cares who's winning.

Anyway, on one of the holes on the back nine, they set up a beer tent where you could pay $50 to get in and watch players play the "Canyon" hole. If the player made a birdie, for the next 10 minutes, all beer was half off in the tent.

You never heard such booing in a golf tournament than when some poor PGA pro, well past his prime, missed a birdie putt on that hole.

If JT can't get the PGA to drop beer prices, he's in for a booing the likes he hasn't experienced in his life.
 
2022-05-18 4:09:19 AM  
OMG, will all the rich white people be ok?
 
2022-05-18 4:33:38 AM  
Somebody had to take up the cause after Al Czervik and John Daly retired.
 
2022-05-18 5:20:13 AM  
Alcohol prices at sporting events are getting crazy.

At a hockey game in LA this year, I spent $17 for a shot of Martell cognac. Some applejack variant instead of the usual VS/VSOP/XO stuff. Eh, reasoning with myself, $10 for shots pre-Covid, arena gouging the last two years ... really wanted to toast a few fallen folks and LA traffic had me needing a relaxer, and I can put it on the list of cognacs and brandy I've tried.

Old dude next to me bought a Bud Light that was $15, griped about it and that made me feel even better.

/I thought $80 for a six pack of Heineken at the San Jose Arena's luxury boxes was whack in 2000
//or a Corona at Angel Stadium for $13 in mid 2010s
///Not much apple flavor or smell btw, but smooth enough cognac to enjoy Kings beating the Sharks
 
2022-05-18 8:06:34 AM  
Shut up and golf or the PGA will crush you
 
2022-05-18 8:19:35 AM  

Practical_Draconian: Alcohol prices at sporting events are getting crazy.

At a hockey game in LA this year, I spent $17 for a shot of Martell cognac. Some applejack variant instead of the usual VS/VSOP/XO stuff. Eh, reasoning with myself, $10 for shots pre-Covid, arena gouging the last two years ... really wanted to toast a few fallen folks and LA traffic had me needing a relaxer, and I can put it on the list of cognacs and brandy I've tried.

Old dude next to me bought a Bud Light that was $15, griped about it and that made me feel even better.

/I thought $80 for a six pack of Heineken at the San Jose Arena's luxury boxes was whack in 2000
//or a Corona at Angel Stadium for $13 in mid 2010s
///Not much apple flavor or smell btw, but smooth enough cognac to enjoy Kings beating the Sharks


For whatever reason, the Atlanta Hawks and both teams that play at the Benz (soccer and football) have adopted these cheaper pricing options.  I can attest that I went to a Hawks game this year and got a $5 beer.  It was only 12 ounces and it was (I think) Miller Lite, but still.  The Hawks were blownout by the Spurs on a lackluster effort (didn't even show up - just awful game), but the stadium was packed.  I've read that the Falcons are seeing higher revenues from concessions because people are buying more.  I don't know about profits, but I imagine the margins are already good on a cheap beer.

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2022-05-18 8:51:02 AM  
They want you to have "a beer". They don't want you having "a few beers".
You're easier to manage when you haven't had a few beers.
 
2022-05-18 9:08:15 AM  
The Michelob Underwhelming is only $5, though.
 
2022-05-18 9:11:42 AM  

Rapmaster2000: Practical_Draconian: Alcohol prices at sporting events are getting crazy.

At a hockey game in LA this year, I spent $17 for a shot of Martell cognac. Some applejack variant instead of the usual VS/VSOP/XO stuff. Eh, reasoning with myself, $10 for shots pre-Covid, arena gouging the last two years ... really wanted to toast a few fallen folks and LA traffic had me needing a relaxer, and I can put it on the list of cognacs and brandy I've tried.

Old dude next to me bought a Bud Light that was $15, griped about it and that made me feel even better.

/I thought $80 for a six pack of Heineken at the San Jose Arena's luxury boxes was whack in 2000
//or a Corona at Angel Stadium for $13 in mid 2010s
///Not much apple flavor or smell btw, but smooth enough cognac to enjoy Kings beating the Sharks

For whatever reason, the Atlanta Hawks and both teams that play at the Benz (soccer and football) have adopted these cheaper pricing options.  I can attest that I went to a Hawks game this year and got a $5 beer.  It was only 12 ounces and it was (I think) Miller Lite, but still.  The Hawks were blownout by the Spurs on a lackluster effort (didn't even show up - just awful game), but the stadium was packed.  I've read that the Falcons are seeing higher revenues from concessions because people are buying more.  I don't know about profits, but I imagine the margins are already good on a cheap beer.

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Came here to say this. It's gotten a little worse since they went cashless, because they can "force" tips and no longer roll the tax into the flat-dollar price, but the refills on drinks for the kids probably offsets a good chunk of my gripes about beer prices.

But still, being able to get 20oz pours of a high gravity beer in a stadium for $12 "isn't terrible." It's cheaper than you'd pay at a lot of places just outside the stadium downtown.

As to the profit margins, I'm too lazy to find the article(s) but I recall the two major effects were an increase in food sales and a knock-on effect of increasing sales in the team store.

/United season ticket holder
//The real secret is to just get drunk at the tailgate
///Also, the brisket mac-n-cheese at the Mac Shack is a solid pound of food.
 
2022-05-18 9:42:32 AM  

Where wolf: Came here to say this. It's gotten a little worse since they went cashless, because they can "force" tips and no longer roll the tax into the flat-dollar price, but the refills on drinks for the kids probably offsets a good chunk of my gripes about beer prices.


aaarrrrgh, that "tip guilt" app they use at Truist drives me insane. I'm all for tipping, but you're literally grabbing a can out of a bin and handing it to me man, not sure if I'm giving you 20% on that one chief
 
2022-05-18 10:17:45 AM  

swankywanky: Where wolf: Came here to say this. It's gotten a little worse since they went cashless, because they can "force" tips and no longer roll the tax into the flat-dollar price, but the refills on drinks for the kids probably offsets a good chunk of my gripes about beer prices.

aaarrrrgh, that "tip guilt" app they use at Truist drives me insane. I'm all for tipping, but you're literally grabbing a can out of a bin and handing it to me man, not sure if I'm giving you 20% on that one chief


Yeah, the only one I always tip at is the bar right behind our seats. In the Benz, they keep the same crews together as much as they can, so it's always the same guys and they recognize us (Including giving me hell if I show up with half a beer that didn't come from them). Usually, my beers are already poured before I even to the front of the line and they work hard so the line is never more than 5 deep or so. For that, I'll tip.

Turning around to grab fries off the warmer and hand them to me? Nah.
 
2022-05-18 10:20:30 AM  

Rapmaster2000: Practical_Draconian: Alcohol prices at sporting events are getting crazy.

At a hockey game in LA this year, I spent $17 for a shot of Martell cognac. Some applejack variant instead of the usual VS/VSOP/XO stuff. Eh, reasoning with myself, $10 for shots pre-Covid, arena gouging the last two years ... really wanted to toast a few fallen folks and LA traffic had me needing a relaxer, and I can put it on the list of cognacs and brandy I've tried.

Old dude next to me bought a Bud Light that was $15, griped about it and that made me feel even better.

/I thought $80 for a six pack of Heineken at the San Jose Arena's luxury boxes was whack in 2000
//or a Corona at Angel Stadium for $13 in mid 2010s
///Not much apple flavor or smell btw, but smooth enough cognac to enjoy Kings beating the Sharks

For whatever reason, the Atlanta Hawks and both teams that play at the Benz (soccer and football) have adopted these cheaper pricing options.  I can attest that I went to a Hawks game this year and got a $5 beer.  It was only 12 ounces and it was (I think) Miller Lite, but still.  The Hawks were blownout by the Spurs on a lackluster effort (didn't even show up - just awful game), but the stadium was packed.  I've read that the Falcons are seeing higher revenues from concessions because people are buying more.  I don't know about profits, but I imagine the margins are already good on a cheap beer.

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What do they call the other sections? The fan passive aggressive locations?
 
2022-05-18 11:18:01 AM  
A 20oz can of All Day IPA at LC Arena to watch the Red Wings play is $15. Whatever. I pay it. $18 doesn't seem that out of range.

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I'm old enough to remember going to the Toledo Speedway Jam in.....1984?...to see the Pat Travers Band ("Boom Boom! Out Go The Lights!") headline. You couldn't bring alcohol in with you, and the beers were FOUR DOLLARS EACH! We ran out of money in about 2 hours. When we heard Pat Travers on the radio after that, we'd sing "Boom Boom....Four Bucks a Beer!".
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2022-05-18 11:48:23 AM  
foo monkey OMG, will all the rich white people be ok?

I understand what you mean about the overall makeup of the crowd but, in my experience at least, the rich white folks there won't be paying that price.  Not the really wealthy or well connected anyway.  At the Ryder Cup I went to see one year the PGA member I was with said as we were walking in to avoid the concession stands.  We headed to the PGA tent where everything was free.  Same with the corporate one we were invited to later that day.  You wanted to make sure you tipped well in those places but it was country club stuff.

It's good of Thomas to at least state the obvious.  Even if they want to cut down on noisy drunk people that's just an awful lot of money.  The PGA is awash in money and has no shortage of sponsors.  They don't need to gouge a largely middle class fan base that's actually pretty loyal.
 
2022-05-18 1:07:13 PM  

Botkin of the Yard: foo monkey OMG, will all the rich white people be ok?

I understand what you mean about the overall makeup of the crowd but, in my experience at least, the rich white folks there won't be paying that price.  Not the really wealthy or well connected anyway.  At the Ryder Cup I went to see one year the PGA member I was with said as we were walking in to avoid the concession stands.  We headed to the PGA tent where everything was free.  Same with the corporate one we were invited to later that day.  You wanted to make sure you tipped well in those places but it was country club stuff.

It's good of Thomas to at least state the obvious.  Even if they want to cut down on noisy drunk people that's just an awful lot of money.  The PGA is awash in money and has no shortage of sponsors.  They don't need to gouge a largely middle class fan base that's actually pretty loyal.


I've only been to one golf tournament, the Western Open in 1999, but I got connected to the Ryder truck tent through a friend and I drank 4 free beers and then at the end of the day they let us take home the beers that were left.
 
2022-05-18 1:18:37 PM  

Practical_Draconian: Alcohol prices at sporting events are getting crazy.

At a hockey game in LA this year, I spent $17 for a shot of Martell cognac. Some applejack variant instead of the usual VS/VSOP/XO stuff.


Interesting choice for a hockey game, but ok. I thought applejack was an all but gone liquor made by an obscure legacy company in New Jersey.
 
2022-05-18 1:20:21 PM  

SBinRR: They want you to have "a beer". They don't want you having "a few beers".
You're easier to manage when you haven't had a few beers.


This. $5 beer works at The Masters because everyone is terrified of the consequences. The PGA not so much. Pretty sure security at The Masters could rendition you to a black site somewhere and no one would say a word.
 
2022-05-18 2:16:49 PM  

drewogatory: This. $5 beer works at The Masters because everyone is terrified of the consequences.


Why?
 
2022-05-18 2:29:20 PM  

Botkin of the Yard: foo monkey OMG, will all the rich white people be ok?

I understand what you mean about the overall makeup of the crowd but, in my experience at least, the rich white folks there won't be paying that price.  Not the really wealthy or well connected anyway.  At the Ryder Cup I went to see one year the PGA member I was with said as we were walking in to avoid the concession stands.  We headed to the PGA tent where everything was free.  Same with the corporate one we were invited to later that day.  You wanted to make sure you tipped well in those places but it was country club stuff.

It's good of Thomas to at least state the obvious.  Even if they want to cut down on noisy drunk people that's just an awful lot of money.  The PGA is awash in money and has no shortage of sponsors.  They don't need to gouge a largely middle class fan base that's actually pretty loyal.


For sure. I went to this tournament at the same course many years ago. I was comped passes to the "champions tent" (or whatever it was called) and everything was free. Beer, food, no charge. But the best part was that the tent was air-conditioned and had plenty of toilets. Seems like it was about 200 degrees in Tulsa that day. So my brother and I could sit in the tent, drink and eat for free, and venture out of the tent when a group we were interested in came by.
 
2022-05-18 6:02:57 PM  
It's the best, man. I got it from a Negro.
 
2022-05-18 7:52:04 PM  

ElFugawz: Practical_Draconian: Alcohol prices at sporting events are getting crazy.

At a hockey game in LA this year, I spent $17 for a shot of Martell cognac. Some applejack variant instead of the usual VS/VSOP/XO stuff.

Interesting choice for a hockey game, but ok. I thought applejack was an all but gone liquor made by an obscure legacy company in New Jersey.


Brandy/cognac mixed into coffee is my hockey drink of choice -- at home. Sometimes, just the booze on the rocks in a tumbler.

Laird's Applejack still exists, seen bottles of it here in CA. Some state distilleries have sold a version in shops too.
 
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