MINNEAPOLIS // PRNewswire-FirstCall // -- Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. (Nasdaq: BWLD), today announced pro football studio host Trey Wingo will don the commissioner's hat for the 2009 fantasy football season. The national sports grill and bar chain, known for its award-winning NY-style Buffalo chicken wings spun in one of 14 signature sauces, has partnered with Wingo to launch an online Fantasy Football All-Star Blogger League, featuring 12 A-List fantasy football bloggers, whose collective picks, trades, competition, and trash talking will inform and entertain fantasy football fans all season long.
"We know our guests are passionate about fantasy football by watching them pack our restaurants on game days with their laptops and game faces," said Sally J. Smith, president and CEO of Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. "Trey Wingo and the Fantasy Football All-Star Blogger League will give our loyal guests an exclusive edge for fantasy football this season and one more reason to look forward to watching football at Buffalo Wild Wings."
The bloggers joining Wingo in the Buffalo Wild Wings Fantasy Football All-Star Blogger League include:
"Working with Buffalo Wild Wings is a natural fit for me because we both share a passion for football," said Wingo. "Inside info and strategy are crucial to fantasy football success. The All-Star Blogger League is bringing together some of the best and most informed bloggers to share their research and insight with fans across America. With so many experts in one place, the trash-talking is bound to be intense."
The official Buffalo Wild Wings Fantasy Football All-Star Blogger League online draft party will take place next week and the complete team rosters of the bloggers will be available for viewing by all fans on Thursday, Sept. 10. Following the draft, Wingo will add his commentary on the proceedings to the banter among the fantasy bloggers and fans. Fans can follow the moves and strategies all season long on the microsite, while Wingo's comments will be featured on that site and on Twitter.
The Buffalo Wild Wings Fantasy Football All-Star Blogger League will be the perfect complement to fans who are preparing to host their own fantasy football draft parties and manage their roster all season long. Buffalo Wild Wings is the fantasy football headquarters for serious fantasy players everywhere, providing exclusive draft kits to leagues with eight or more players. The Buffalo Wild Wings program includes $100 in free food vouchers for future game day visits to Buffalo Wild Wings and a CBSsports.com fantasy football draft kit. Each restaurant location will host as many as ten or more draft parties, so guests should register now at a location in their area to reserve a spot.
Throughout the season, Wingo and the All-Star Bloggers will provide the latest insider scoop, ongoing expert tips on players and teams, highlight news affecting roster changes each week, and offer fans special Buffalo Wild Wings prizes. At the end of the football season, one lucky blogger from the All-Star Blogger League will go to the Super Bowl and provide loyal fans and followers with updates on all the action leading up to and during the week of "The Big Game" and co-host an exclusive party with Wingo in Miami.
Trey Wingo is one of the key figures behind ESPN's year-round coverage of the National Football League, most notably as host of NFL Live, the weekday pro football news and information show. In 2009 he added U.S. Open Golf coverage to his on-air responsibilities, in addition to NFL PrimeTime, hosting ESPN's NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament studio coverage, anchoring SportsCenter and regular contributions to ESPN Radio programs. Wingo joined ESPN in November 1997 as an anchor for ESPNEWS and has served as host of NFL Live since its inception in 2003. He assumed the host role of NFL PrimeTime, the long-running weekly highlight show that recaps all of Sunday's NFL games, in 2007. Wingo anchors SportsCenter specials during ESPN's Super Bowl and NFL Draft coverage, in addition to co-hosting ESPN's NFL Draft telecast.
Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., founded in 1982 and headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a growing owner, operator and franchisor of restaurants featuring a variety of boldly-flavored, made-to-order menu items including Buffalo-style chicken wings spun in one of 14 signature sauces. Buffalo Wild Wings is an inviting neighborhood destination with widespread appeal and is the recipient of dozens of "Best Wings" and "Best Sports Bar" awards from across the country. There are currently over 600 Buffalo Wild Wings locations across 41 states.
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