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Buffalo Wild Wings exploring adding sports betting to restaurants

Buffalo Wild Wings is exploring options for adding sports betting to its restaurants as more states consider legalizing it (File Photo: MGN Online)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) - Get ready for even more crowded game days at Buffalo Wild Wings if the restaurant gets its way.

Now that a U.S. Supreme Court ruling opened the door for legal sports betting in all 50 states, the sports bar chain announced they are exploring the possibility of offering it at their locations.

"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. We are actively exploring opportunities, including potential partners, as we evaluate the next steps for our brand," a company spokersperson said in a statement Thursday.

Three states - New Jersey, Delaware, and Louisiana - have legalized sports gambling since the Supreme Court decision in May. Many other states are considering legislation to do the same.

Buffalo Wild Wings has about 1200 restaurants in all 50 states.

John Decree, head of North America equity for Union Gaming, a boutique investment bank that focuses on the gaming industry told CNNMoney that it's likely Buffalo Wild Wings will try to partner with a casino or other sports betting group as each state looks at gambling licensing rules.

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