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.
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The NFL declined to comment.
What would they say? The inmates have taken over the prison? Ooops! One owner did say that and had to backtrack because it pissed off the kneegroes since half of them have either been in prison or should be in prison. Maybe they should change the name to the Negro Felon League.
Schnatter has appeared frequently in advertisements during NFL games, including alongside star quarterback Peyton Manning, a franchisee of the chain’s restaurants in Colorado. Back in 2014, when Papa John’s posted a nearly 10 percent gain in North American same-store sales, the company credited its close relationship with the NFL and Manning for driving its business in the U.S.
On Wednesday, the tone was quite different. Papa John’s post-earnings conference call was dominated by negative talk of the NFL. The league’s name came up 44 times during the discussion, compared with 12 mentions in the year-earlier call.
The company wasn’t specific about the sales impact from the NFL protests, but indicated it was shifting some marketing spending away from the league.
The reports that it has quit advertising on NFL games is wrong but it has cut back dramatically.
“This should have been nipped in the bud a year and a half ago,” Schnatter said on the call. “Like many sponsors, we’re in touch with the NFL. Once the issue is resolved, we’re optimistic the NFL’s best years are ahead.”
Yep! When Krapperdick started his BS, the league should have told him to stand or to go to the locker room and remove his uniform and go home. Suspend him without pay. It wasn’t as if he was the starting quarterback. Hit the other players as well. They also should have fined him for his pig socks that he wore at practice. Isn’t it amazing that the NFL can fine Kneegroes for dancing in the end zone but not for disrespecting the flag of the United States? Now Goodell and the owners are faced with a full scale Kneegro Rebellion and don’t know what to do. By ignoring the situation and then virtue signaling in response to Trump’s remarks they have made the situation worse. People are pissed. The boycott of the NFL and its sponsors is working.
Keep it up folks.