Liquor board OK's Bell Centre beer sales during televised games
Bar owner Peter Sergakis took Bell Centre to liquor board over Game 7 beer sales
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.
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.