Papa John Says those NFL Players Protesting the Anthem is Hurting Pizza Sales

ESPN’s Darren Rovell reports that the official pizza chain of the NFL has announced on a conference call that their current and future sales are suffering due to the protests:

“The NFL has hurt us,” company founder and CEO John Schnatter said. “We are disappointed the NFL and its leadership did not resolve this.”

Executives said the company has pulled much of its NFL television advertising and that the NFL has responded by giving the company additional future spots. “Leadership starts at the top and this is an example of poor leadership,” Schnatter said, noting he thought the issue had been “nipped in the bud” a year and a half ago.

At press time, Papa John’s stock is trading down over 8% on the day, and it’s down about 30% since last December.

Is there any chance this has to do with his mediorce product? Of course not.

That’s what happens when you pay big bucks to be the official pizza of the NFL. Sorry, not sorry.

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