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NFL Lockout means more wing nights

TAGs: chicken wings, finger foods, football, NFL Lockout

We’ve discussed the many people and industries that the NFL Lockout will affect adversely. An article in Farmers Weekly Interactive by Scott Casey pointed out another industry that would be greatly affected by the NFL Lockout and it’s an industry that you wouldn’t suspect off the top of your head.

Have you ever thought about how the finger food industry would be affected if there was no football? Think chicken wings.

The Farmers Weekly Interactive article describes a situation where “Chicken wings, especially spiced ‘buffalo wings’, are a sports bar and stadium favourite in the US with the National Chicken Council (NCC) saying almost 1.25bn chicken wing portions are consumed on the weekend of the Super Bowl grand final.”

In the article, Joe Sanderson, chief executive of Sanderson Farms, which happens to be the largest supplier of chicken wings to the food service industry in the US, discussed how the NFL lockout could do serious damage to the industry.

Sanderson told Reuters, “It would be very bad for chicken wings and I do not know to what extent it would be bad for other products they sell in those watering holes or sports bars. It would not be good, I’d tell you that.”

How many ways will this NFL Lockout affect our lives? In an ironic sense, this might actually help us. Sure, it’s bad enough that as gambling industry professionals, a lockout ruins our most profitable season in North America.

But at least chicken wings will be more affordable at the local drinking hole!

It’s still hard to take solace in that, considering the greatest sport to watch while drinking beer and eating chicken wings is NFL football.

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