BIRMINGHAM — Let’s crack a cold one here.

It is no secret that the Southeastern Conference does not permit alcohol sales in its football stadiums, or at least not in general seating. The SEC has held on tightly to that rule, even as other Power Five schools start to loosen their reins.

Ohio State, home to one of the four 2016 College Football Playoff semifinal teams, started selling beer stadium-wide this past year, and according to The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, its alcohol sales topped $1.1 million in the debut season. The university released the number back in December, along with the noteworthy fact that there were fewer problems with fans than in prior years.

Ohio State and Minnesota are among the Big Ten schools that allow alcohol sales. The Big 12 has Texas and West Virginia and the ACC has Syracuse and Miami.

Most of the other conferences are present on the booze cruise.

Still, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey wasn’t budging Monday at the Associated Press Sports Editors Southeast Region meeting at UAB.

“The conference has a policy that says that we’re not selling alcohol in the general seating area,” Sankey said. “Now, you can agree or disagree with that policy, but that’s the policy. The basis for changing that or maintaining it is one that’s developed in the conversation.”

With public safety as a main concern, the argument that alcohol sales would increase attendance rates wasn’t enough either. Sankey didn’t even hesitate to refute it.

“I think we were at like 98 percent ticket sales in football,” he said. “So is that one-percent margin a trade that we’re going to make?”

There’s talk, but no action — yet.

To be clear, SEC’s policy states:

“No alcoholic beverages shall be sold or dispensed for public consumption anywhere in the facility and the possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages in the public areas of the facility shall be prohibited. These prohibitions shall not apply to private, leased areas in the facility or other areas designated by the SEC.”

At least that stands true in football stadiums.

Select schools within the SEC allow alcohol at baseball games. At Alabama, students can bring beer and drink in their designated right-field seating. They’re allowed to bring six beers per person, which have to be in a non-clear cup, but alcohol isn’t sold.

“We, as I understand it, have some alcohol present,” Sankey said. “That provokes the conversation.”

There are also college basketball arenas across the nation that serve alcohol.

So, other venues have it and it’s not like football and beer don’t naturally go together. One of the NFL’s league-wide sponsors is Anheuser-Busch, a beer company. Not a Super Bowl goes by without commercials for alcoholic beverages.

The peer pressure may be getting to the SEC, but it still might not be enough.

“At some point, I’m relatively certain, there will be further review of the prohibition,” Sankey said. “That doesn’t predict any outcome.”