Papa John's: NFL Anthem Protest Driving Away Customers

John Schnatter founder and CEO of Papa John's Pizza

Papa John's says anthem protests are hurting deal with NFL

"Once the issue is resolved, we're optimistic the NFL's best years are ahead".

Pizza wars! Papa John's CEO John Schnatter has blamed National Football League protests as the reason for a recent decrease in sales - and DiGiorno Pizza is taking aim at its fellow pizza company over the comments.

The company said it has also begun cutting back on marketing that promotes their partnership with the National Football League, hoping it keeps them from being associated with the controversy.

Pizza Hut said Wednesday that the NFL kneeling protests are not affecting sales, the day after competitor Papa John's claimed that its low sales are a result of declining league viewership.

Schnatter slammed the NFL's top leadership for not "nipping this in the bud" when the protests were begun over a year ago by then 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had started the national anthem kneeling movement past year to show his protest against black people by the police. More players started to kneel after President Donald Trump said in September that team owners should get rid of those who protest during the anthem.

That's great, except Pizza Hut doesn't have any affiliation with the NFL.

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The NFL has declined to comment.

DiGiorno even went as far as implying that Papa John's pizza tastes like "dog s--." .

On Thursday, the chief executive of Pizza Hut's parent company told investors in a call that the players' protests haven't impacted the company one bit.

Domino's, though, said sales rose 8.4 percent at established US stores during the third quarter.

A new Fox News Poll finds that since 2013, the N.F.L.'s favorable rating has dropped 18 points (64 percent in 2013 vs. 46 percent now).

During the 2016 season, Papa John's reported system-wide North American sales increases of 3.5% for the year. In the same period a year ago, sales rose 5.5 percent at established locations. While Creed was answering an analyst's question, people were quick to celebrate the response, which seemed to throw Papa John's under the bus.

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