Liquor board OK's Bell Centre beer sales during televised games

Peter Sergakis, the owner of a number of Montreal bars and the president of the Quebec Bar Owners' Association, has a bone to pick with the Bell Centre over its beer sales during its broadcast of Game 7.

Bar owner Peter Sergakis took Bell Centre to liquor board over Game 7 beer sales

A Montreal Canadiens fan reacts to the NHL action against the Boston Bruins on a giant-screen in Montreal Wednesday May 14, 2014. Montreal's Bell Centre was a sea of red, white and blue on Wednesday night as Canadiens fans packed the arena to watch their beloved Habs play 500 kilometres away. (Ryan Remiorz/CP)

Peter Sergakis, the owner of a number of Montreal bars and the president of the Quebec Bar Owners' Association, has a bone to pick with the Bell Centre over its beer sales during its broadcast of Game 7.

Montreal bar owner Peter Sergakis believes the Bell Centre doesn't have the right permit to sell alcohol during broadcasts of the Habs' out-of-town games. (CBC)

He said the home of the Habs did not have the right permits to sell alcohol during a non-live event.

"I don’t think they have the right permit," Sergakis told CBC Daybreak host Mike Finnerty. "This is not a live show."

But on Friday Quebec's liquor board — the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux​ —​ said broadcasting a live game counts as a live event, and that the Bell Centre is within its rights to sell beer.

Sergakis maintained that the Bell Centre has an unfair advantage because, as he put it, it's essentially a 21,000-capacity bar. 

However, when pressed, he told Daybreak that his bars were still full for Game 7.

Sergakis was displeased with the liquor board's decision and said he plans to take it to the next level by requesting a hearing on the issue.

He said it sets a bad precedent for away games during the regular season. 

The Habs face off against the Rangers at the Bell Centre in Game 1 on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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