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Another loser in NFL lockout: Chicken wing consumption

Football fans aren't the only bystanders who would suffer from an extended NFL lockout. An unlikely faction is also rooting for a quick resolution between owners and players: the chicken wing industry.

A prolonged lockout could have a "devastating" impact on the wing industry, Reuters reports.

"It would kill wings, it would be terrible on wings," Joe Sanderson, chief executive officer of major producer Sanderson Farms Inc., told the news agency.

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As chicken wings are pub-food favourites on game days, the price of wholesale wings generally rises during the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl. This year, however, a glut of supply has kept prices lower than usual, Reuters reports. In the past week, wholesale wing prices fell to 99 cents a pound.

NFL owners imposed a lockout on players on Saturday after negotiations with the players' union over labour issues and splitting revenues fell apart.

If the NFL cancels the next season, "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," Mr. Sanderson said. "It would not be good, I'd tell you that."

On the bright side, consuming less pub grub might be better for one's belly.

But this news raises a curious question: Do most people eat wings only while watching sports?

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Wency Leung is a general assignment reporter for the Life section. Before joining The Globe in early 2010, she has worked as a reporter in Vancouver, Prague, and Phnom Penh. More

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