Are NFL Protests Hurting Pizza Sales? Papa John's Founder Thinks So

03 November, 2017, 01:12 | Author: Ellis Copeland
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In his 2017 book "Papa: The Story of Papa John's Pizza", Schnatter argued that regulations are steering the U.S. away from the system of free enterprise he believes is crucial to the nation's success.

"NFL leadership has hurt Papa John's shareholders", he added.

At a league meeting last month, Goodell and the NFL owners opted not to force players to stand during the Anthem. The company also cut its profit forecast for the year. However, others roasted the Papa John's founder for blaming players protesting racial inequality for poor sales, as opposed to acknowledging subpar pizza could have played a role.

On Wednesday, Papa John's founder and CEO chalked up lower-than-expected sales on the NFL's declining ratings following players' protests.

The NFL also has fewer viewers than it used to.

"The NFL has hurt us", Schnatter recently said.

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Now, as questions begin swirling about whether the NFL-induced slump is something Papa John's can pull out of, whether it even really exists, and whether Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was somehow behind what Schnatter unleashed, the idea that leadership starts at the top is a sound reminder indeed.

DiGiorno Pizza then followed up that tweet with a response that specifically called out Papa John's - and implied the chain's pizza tastes like "dog s--". It could be Schnatter was already upset with Goodell and the National Football League (especially considering that his company's paying millions for the leaguewide sponsorship) and did this on his own.

Papa John's declined to make Schnatter available for an interview.

"We're not seeing any impact from any of that on our business", the company said during an earnings conference call, according to CNBC.

The two pizza chains-it should be said-do not have identical relationships with the National Football League.

Papa John's still expects sales to increase by 1.5% in North America this year, but that's down from its previous estimates. In the same period a year ago, sales rose 5.5 percent at established locations.

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