Sponsor complains over National Football League anthem controversy

Sponsor complains over National Football League anthem controversy

Sponsor complains over National Football League anthem controversy

Inspired by quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016, many players in the NFL have started to take a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality and bring light to racial injustice in America.

"NFL leadership has hurt Papa John's shareholders", he added. Trump has also called for the NFL to establish a rule blocking players from kneeling, but NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that the league would not make such a rule.

Schnatter lost $70 million, which Forbes described as "Papa John Loses Dough", after his company's stock took a dive over bad sales numbers this week.

The pizza industry is joining together in solidarity to roast Papa John's. The analysts said it appears that Papa John's puts more money to advertise on National Football League games and has "has fewer advertising dollars to allocate to other consumer segments".

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 has hurt us", said Schnatter.

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.

Papa John's is the official pizza of the NFL.

"We're not seeing impact on any of that on our business", Greg Creed, CEO of Yum Brands-parent company of Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and other chains-said in a call with investors on Thursday.

The NFL declined to comment on Schnatter's comments and sponsors' pressure to end the protests. In comparison, sales were up 5.5% at the same time a year ago.

It's worth noting, however, that the pizza chain missed its revenue growth target in the second quarter, and the current wave of National Football League protests did not even begin until September 23, in the final three days of the quarterly results that were discussed in the earnings call. And KFC, which like Pizza Hut is owned by Yum Brands, hopes to double delivery sales at the fried chicken chain to $2 billion by 2020.

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