The most popular sports bar chain in the US is getting a major upgrade. According to multiple reports, sports betting at Buffalo Wild Wings is just around the corner. The popular chain has officially teamed up with MGM Resorts to offer sports betting platforms around the country.
It’s clear that the US is embracing the sports betting industry. Now is the perfect time to look at why BWW is choosing to offer sports betting. We’ll also look at what this decision means for the US sports betting industry overall. Let’s get into it!
Buffalo Wild Wings Announces Move into Sports Betting Industry
In case you’re unaware, the US has been actively embracing sports betting for more than a year. In May of 2018, the Supreme Court struck down PASPA, giving every state the option to legalize this form of gambling. Today, 13 states have live sports betting options available and six more are set to launch their sportsbooks over the next few months.
Sports gambling is proving to be an incredibly lucrative industry. Some states, such as New Jersey, are earning millions of dollars every single month from their new sports betting platforms. The revenue potential is the key reason why so many states are now interested in regulating this industry.
This week, Buffalo Wild Wings has announced that it has entered into a partnership with MGM Resorts to officially offer sports betting services in their restaurants. In an official announcement, MGM CEO Jim Murren said the goal is to offer a new digital betting option, called BetMGM, inside these sports bars within the next few months.
Lyle Tick, president of Buffalo Wild Wings, also commented on the partnership to the media today.
“As the largest sports bar in the country, Buffalo Wild Wings has the opportunity to pioneer sports gaming experiences for fans, and we are taking the first critical step on that journey through our partnership with BetMGM,” Tick said.
Where Will Sports Betting at Buffalo Wild Wings Be Available?
As we just mentioned, 19 states have outright legalized and regulated sports betting. Many more states have presented bills to start regulating this industry. When sports betting at Buffalo Wild Wings begins, it will only be available in the states that have approved sports betting bills.
Fortunately, Buffalo Wild Wings has restaurants in every state across the country. This means that in time, the restaurants in states with regulated sports gambling industries will begin offering sports betting services. It’s great news for those looking to make wagers outside of their local casino.
It’s very likely that MGM Resorts and BWW will initially focus on major states such as New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Both of these states have extremely successful sports betting markets.
That’s not the only new thing coming here. Today, Buffalo Wild Wings and MGM Resorts have announced that they will soon offer a new mobile football game that allows players to win great prizes. This “betting” platform is set to launch over the next few months.
‘Picks and Props’ Will Soon be Available at BWW Restaurants
It will be some time before official sports betting at Buffalo Wild Wings is available. Fortunately, a new unique form of sports wagering will be unveiled at BWW restaurants over the next couple of months. MGM and Buffalo Wild Wings have announced details of the ‘Picks and Props’ service.
This unique mobile football game will feature point spreads and prop bets to customers. Players can pick on which players they believe will different games. Some amazing prizes will be awarded to the top players including free trips to Las Vegas and Atlantic City.
The official sports betting platform will become available sometime before the end of 2019, according to company officials. Buffalo Wild Wings is making it clear that the restaurants will remain the same, and not turn into full-blown sportsbooks.
“We’re a sports bar that is based on being social, watching the game, having a good time,” Lyle Tick said to ESPN. “We’re very conscious, with second and third screens, the way people engage with content has evolved. The more you can make it fun … that’s to the benefit of the guest, to us and BetMGM as well.”
More US sports betting platforms are becoming available every day. Make sure to stay tuned for more sports gambling news over the next few months!