- Hollis Johnson
- Buffalo Wild Wings is “actively exploring” adding sports betting to restaurants.
- In May, a Supreme Court decision lifted the federal ban on sports betting.
- Earlier this year, the CEO of Buffalo Wild Wings’ new parent company told Business Insider that he was aiming to figure out a “21st-century incarnation of what made it so successful during particularly the early 2000s,” in an effort to turn around the chain.
Buffalo Wild Wings is exploring a new way to attract customers as the chain aims for a turnaround.
“As the largest sports bar in America, we believe Buffalo Wild Wings is uniquely positioned to leverage sports gaming to enhance the restaurant experience for our guests,” the chain said in a statement to Business Insider. “We are actively exploring opportunities, including potential partners, as we evaluate the next steps for our brand.”
With the decision, it is now up to individual states to decide whether they want to legalize sports betting within their borders. According to a study by Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, 32 states will likely have sports betting within five years, with almost half of those states legalizing gambling within two years.
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Buffalo Wild Wings could use a new way to attract customers.
The chain struggled in recent years with slumping sales and a monthslong battle between executives and an activist investor before being acquired by Arby’s parent company, Roark Capital Group, in February. At the time, CEO Paul Brown told Business Insider that executives planned to try to find new ways for the chain to innovate.
“I think that if you look back when Buffalo Wild Wings was really, really, really successful, it was really the only one out there doing what it was doing,” Brown said. “We had a nationalized local sports bar, and then more competition has come in, and I think that some of that competition has been a little bit more innovative.”
Brown continued: “I think there’s an opportunity to figure out the 21st-century incarnation of what made it so successful during particularly the early 2000s.”