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Subject: Papa John's says negro millionaire anthem protests are hurting dealwith NFL
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Subject: Papa Johns says negro millionaire anthem protests are hurting deal
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Get the lawyers involved.  Sue the NFL into bankruptcy.

This is what happens when NFL bean-counters hire bottom-of-the-
shit-barrel employees.

Executives from Papa John's, the official pizza company of the 
NFL, expressed disappointment on a conference call Wednesday 
about the league's ongoing player protests during the national 
anthem.

"The NFL has hurt us," company founder and CEO John Schnatter 
said. "We are disappointed the NFL and its leadership did not 
resolve this."

Executives said the company has pulled much of its NFL 
television advertising and that the NFL has responded by giving 
the company additional future spots.

"Leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor 
leadership," Schnatter said, noting he thought the issue had 
been "nipped in the bud" a year and a half ago.

In revising sales estimates for the next quarter, Papa John's 
president and chief operating officer Steve Ritchie said on the 
call that the NFL deal was the primary suspect behind the 
decline and that "we expect it to persist unless a solution is 
put in place."

Ritchie said that research has found that Papa John's has been 
the most recognized sponsor associated with the NFL for two 
years running, which he said means the company's performance can 
track with that of the league.

Papa John's has a deal with not only the NFL, but also with 23 
individual teams.

Company executives declined to disclose exactly how much money 
in projected sales Papa John's lost from its association with 
the NFL and declining ratings, which mean fewer people are 
ordering their product for game days, they said.

Papa John's stock was down 8.5 percent on Wednesday.

ESPN reached out to 18 NFL official sponsors in the last few 
days and asked the companies about its current relationship with 
the league and if any marketing programs had been changed due to 
the turmoil. Only five sponsors responded with a comment.

Verizon spokesperson Jim Gerace wrote via email that "our 
discussions with any partner are between us and while we haven't 
done anything different, we don't discuss future plans."

"We are not going to critique their performance in public just 
as I wouldn't expect them to critique ours," Gerace added.

A Hyundai spokesperson said in a statement, "Hyundai 
participated in constant dialogue with the league to discuss all 
aspects of our partnership, including national anthem protests. 
We've been pleased with the frequency and openness of those 
conversations."

A spokesperson for Dannon, whose Oikos brand has an official NFL 
deal, said: "We continue to monitor the situation carefully and 
have not made changes to our advertising or related plans."

Nike and Anheuser-Busch referred to previously issued statements.

League sponsors that either didn't return a message after 24 
hours or declined comment included: PepsiCo, Mars, Visa, 
Campbell's Soup, Procter & Gamble, Castrol, Bose, McDonald's, 
Nationwide, Microsoft, USAA, Marriott and Bridgestone.

http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/21250448/nfl-sponsor-papa-
john-not-happy-anthem-protests