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Why Super Bowl Fans Are Hoping for an Overtime Game


Who will chicken wing-eating Americans be rooting for during Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7?

Buffalo Wild Wings.

That’s right. For the third year in a row, the restaurant chain will offer free wings if the game goes into overtime. The early spot has the Kansas City Chiefs favored by three over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who will be playing in their home stadium for the game. With that kind of spot — and the oddsmakers almost always seem to be right — there could be a better chance than usual for OT.

No games this postseason have gone into overtime yet. But if OT happens in the Super Bowl, everyone in the U.S. and Canada will win one free order of boneless or traditional six-count chicken wings on Feb. 22 from 4-7 p.m. local times for in-store dining or takeout.

“Overtime is synonymous with Buffalo Wild Wings … because the only thing better than extra football is free wings,” said Rita Patel, chief marketing officer for Sandy Springs, Ga.-based Buffalo Wild Wings, which is owned by Inspire Brands.

So what are the odds of OT happening and Buffalo Wild Wings serving up literally tons of free fare? Well, the chain said its gaming partner, BetMGM, has overtime odds for the Super Bowl at +900, which means a $100 bet would pay out $900 (including stake) if OT happens. That equates to the sportsbook thinking America has a 10% chance of winning free wings.

While Feb. 7 marks the most important football game of the season, Buffalo Wild Wings said it’s also one of the busiest days for its nearly 1,300 restaurants.