Papa Johns Pizza sales are down. Hmmm. I wonder what’s causing that? Could it be that they are the official pizza of the NFL? The CEO, John Schnatter, blames the NFL.
Papa John’s International Inc. founder John Schnatter is going after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, saying weak handling of the league’s national-anthem controversy has hammered sales of his pizza.
“The NFL has hurt us by not resolving the current debacle to the players’ and owners’ satisfaction,” Schnatter, who serves as the pizza chain’s chairman and chief executive officer, said on a conference call. “NFL leadership has hurt Papa John’s shareholders.”
It’s also hurt sales of Nike and Under Armor, but that’s self imposed, since both of those companies virtue signaled and came out on the side of the players. Turns out pissing off white people who love the country isn’t a good business model. Who knew? Certainly not the NFL owners and the league office.
The remarks follow a controversy over NFL football players protesting during the national anthem, a movement that started last season. The demonstrations have sparked calls for a boycott and raised concerns among league sponsors. But Schnatter’s comments mark the highest-profile example of an NFL partner publicly blaming the outcry for hurting business.
Isn’t it nice seeing patriotic Americans using boycotts? As Kurt Schlichter said, “The left is gonna hate the new rules.” Those rules include using the left’s tactics against them.
Goodell, whose contract is up for renewal, has taken flak for not resolving the controversy more quickly. The flap has even drawn tweets from President Donald Trump, who called for owners to fire or bench players who refuse to stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
“Leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership,” Schnatter said.
Ya think? Of course the owners are to blame as well. The sight of owners like Jerry Jones virtue signaling while kneeling with his players and Arthur Blank doing the same by locking arms with his players was not only disgusting but stupid. The NFL has become the WHPWPL
It’s hard to quantify the connection between the NFL and pizza sales, but Papa John’s did post disappointing results in the latest quarter. Its shares fell as much as 13 percent on Wednesday — the most in two years — after same-store sales missed analysts’ estimates. The Louisville, Kentucky-based company also trimmed its revenue and profit forecasts for the year.
Grouchy Old Cripple