Florida and Georgia no longer want to be known for throwing the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.
The annual football game in Jacksonville between the Southeastern Conference rivals has been called the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party by fans and the media since the 1950s. But the deaths of two students in the past two years, and an emphasis on responsible alcohol use, has prompted the universities to ask television networks to stop using the moniker.
CBS Sports, ESPN and Jefferson Pilot were contacted by SEC commissioner Mike Slive in January asking them to consider dropping the use of the slogan during the Oct. 28 game.
“We would appreciate any initiatives you might take to avoid using the cocktail party reference. This is a great college football game which highlights a traditional rivalry full of the passion of football in the southeast. Our hope is to keep the focus on the game,” Slive wrote in a letter to Mike Aresco, vice president of programming for CBS Sports.
They have to admit, “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” rolls off the tongue much easier than “The Greatest Concentration Of Date Rapists, Illiterates & Guys With A Creepy Sense Of Entitlement In One Space (And That’s Just The Players)”.