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Buffalo Wild Wings considers allowing sports betting in restaurants

Buffalo Wild Wings considers allowing sports betting in restaurants
Posted at 1:00 PM, Aug 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-09 20:16:26-04

The popular restaurant chain Buffalo Wild Wings is looking into the idea of adding sports betting at its locations, according to a new report from ESPN.

Buffalo Wild Wings is one of the largest restaurant chains in America, and considers itself the largest sports bar brand in America, with locations in all 50 states and many overseas as well.

"We believe Buffalo Wild Wings is uniquely positioned to leverage sports gaming to enhance the restaurant experience for our guests," a Buffalo Wild Wings spokesperson told ESPN. "We are actively exploring opportunities, including potential partners, as we evaluate the next steps for our brand."

The Supreme Court cleared the way in May for states to legalize sports betting, striking down a 1992 federal law that had prohibited most states from authorizing sports betting.

The 6-3 ruling is a victory for states who have considered allowing sports gambling as a way to encourage tourism and tax revenue. The NCAA, NFL and NBA had backed the federal prohibition.

BWW has said publicly that it is struggling to bring in millennials who prefer quicker food options. Adding the ability to make bets and watch games at the same time could be huge for bringing in young sports fans who are already plugged into fantasy sports and daily sports betting games like Draft Kings.  

In 2017 Buffalo Wild Wings was bought by Arby's for $2.9 billion.