Fantasy football leagues good for bar business By John Lintner With the NFL lockout lifted, sports bars and restaurants in Memphis are ready for some football.
Photo: Lance Murphey More and more, it seems fantasy football leagues are boosting sales at the venues in which team owners meet to have their draft or just watch the games. Some local venues — from Central BBQ to local outposts of national sports bars — are reaching out to this demographic, filling seats with fantasy draft leagues that are looking to score some refreshments as they go about the business of making their player selections.
Seeing the trend, Central BBQ director of catering Elizabeth Blondis started offering drink and appetizer specials to groups booking their events there. According to Blondis, her customers are pretty fond of the brew and barbecue as well.
We take care of them, and they love it. The pack is part of the Buffalo Circle, which is available to anyone interested. Shannon Williams shows off the trophy he won from the season of fantasy football as Memphis Horns team members conduct a fantasy football draft at Central BBQ on Sunday.
Photo: Lance Murphey Once signed up, they send e-blasts offering fantasy draft packages and other promotions. Everything needed to have a fantasy draft is included in the package free of cost.
Folks come in with their laptops and whatever equipment they use to have their draft. They just have wings and drinks and make their picks.
We want them to have fun. Fantasy league owners frequent this establishment as well to do their bidding.
According to manager Matt Tipton, a few people started coming four or five years ago for their fantasy drafts. Over time, he noticed growth in those numbers and realized the draft was going to be a big deal for the pub.
Soon, people started booking ahead to secure their space. Not only do they get lots of small leagues, but they also get some that are upward of 30 people, booking a week or two out.
We want to offer them a great environment and great deals.