MLB Games Are Getting So Short, Teams Are Extending Beer Sales

Yay, beer longer at Major League Baseball games…get that last one in before you hit the road. The bad news is it that your Chicago teams are not doing that yet, but might be soon?  Read on.

Major League Baseball made several changes this year . . . including the “pitch clock” . . . which has drastically shortened game times.

Nine-inning games are down 31 MINUTES . . . from an average of three hours, nine minutes last year . . . to two hours, 38 minutes this year.  This is the fastest average time since 1984.

Most people seem to like the changes, but there’s one problem:  Shorter, faster games mean there’s less opportunity for fans to spend money at the ballpark, on concessions . . . merchandise . . . and of course beer.

Historically, teams have stopped selling alcohol after the seventh inning . . . but four teams have already pushed that back to after the EIGHTH inning now.

Those teams are:  The Arizona Diamondbacks, the Texas Rangers, the Minnesota Twins, and the Milwaukee Brewers.  And a handful of other teams are talking about following suit.

(The AP / Food & Wine)