Papa John not happy with Goodell’s mishandling of NFL issues
Papa John’s Blames the NFL for Hurting Pizza Sales
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.”
“Leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership,” Schnatter said.
Papa John’s shares fell the most in eight months on Wednesday after third-quarter 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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Per Jonathan Maze of Nation’s Restaurant News, Papa John’s founder John Schnatter said sales are down due to “negative consumer sentiment” regarding the company’s relationship with the NFL.
Schnatter also called the NFL “an example of poor leadership,” according to Maze.
A constant topic of discussion during the 2017 NFL season has been players’ decision to protest during the national anthem.
While the trend was started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last season, it has continued in 2017, especially since critical comments were made by President Donald Trump.
That led to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sending a letter to all 32 NFL teams expressing his preference that players stand for the anthem.
The NFL hasn’t enacted a rule forcing players to stand, but there is a clear schism between players and NFL leadership on the issue.
Per Rovell, Schnatter said the NFL’s issues with its players should have been “nipped in the bud” 18 months ago.
It was announced by Nielsen after Week 6 of the NFL season that NFL ratings are down 7.5 percent in comparison to last season, according to Rovell.
Schnatter chalked up last year’s decline to the presidential election but said this year’s drop is due to the “polarizing” controversy, per Maze.