MILLBURN, N.J. (Stockpickr) -- Are we all ready for some football? After months of negotiations, the NFL lockout is finally over. The owners have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement. The players' leadership has recommended that its rank and file accept the agreement as well.Many companies derive a tremendous amount of revenue and earnings from their relationship with the NFL or as a result of selling products related to the sport or during games. These companies may have prematurely factored into future earnings expectations the absence of an NLF season -- or perhaps their sales have been delayed due to the lockout. With that in mind, let's take a look at several stocks that could benefit from the upcoming NFL season. Related: 5 Stocks That Could Pop on Earnings Buffalo Wild Wings Buffalo Wild Wings ( BWLD) is a casual dining and sports bar restaurant. As you can glean from its name, the company specializes in chicken wings, accompanied by a wide variety of custom dipping sauces. In addition, it has a large menu of burgers, wraps, sandwiches, salads, ribs, beer and specialty drinks. During football season, fans flock to Buffalo Wild Wings on Sunday and Monday nights to chow down on wings while they watch the game. In fact, the company is so reliant on its football-related business that it launched a Facebook campaign to "Save Our Season," featuring a petition to the NFL owners and players to get back to the fields and offering six free chicken wings to everyone signed the petition. I have followed Buffalo Wild Wings since it went public, and I own shares. As of the end of 2010, the company has 732 restaurants in 44 states, of which 259 were company-owned and 473 are franchised. Another 95 units are expected to open in 2011. I am expecting mid-teen percentage unit growth and low-20% earnings growth for several years to come. This could be the next great story after Chipotle Mexican Grill ( CMG) in the restaurant universe. Buffalo Wild Wings is slated to report quarterly results after the close today. The company is expecting to earn 60 cents per share, a 20% increase from the prior year's 50 cent actual earnings. Revenue is expected to increase by about 21% year over year to $176.7 million. Not only are these expectations reasonable, given declining chicken wing prices and strong same-store sales, but BWLD could very well deliver a positive surprise. Buffalo Wild Wings, one of TheStreet Ratings' top-rated restaurant and hotel stocks, was recently featured in " 5 Stocks That Could Pop on Earnings."
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