Will Jerry Jones distance himself from Papa John’s remarks?

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones appears twice per week on 105.3 The Fan in D.C., typically on Tuesdays and Fridays. During his next visit, he’ll likely be asked about the strong comments made Wednesday by Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter.

At a time when some in league circles believe that Jones instigated Schnatter’s comments, Jones may have to do more than simply say “Schnatter is entitled to his opinions”; to properly distance himself from one of his various business partners, Jones may need to directly and expressly take the position that Schnatter’s remarks are inaccurate.

To the extent that Schnatter claims the drop in Papa John’s earnings arises from a slump in NFL ratings, his remarks are indeed inaccurate. The company’s numbers were down well before the 2017 NFL season began. Still, at a time when Jones is widely believed to be interested in blocking Commissioner Roger Goodell’s extension and/or finagling a new Commissioner, Jones will need to make a strong statement in order to counter the impression that Schnatter is saying what Jones is thinking.

13 responses to “Will Jerry Jones distance himself from Papa John’s remarks?

  1. the anthem thing started last year. i have seen more of his commercials this year than ever before, so the controversy hasnt stopped him from dropping huge money on advertising with the nfl. maybe he ought to spend money to research how to actually make a better pizza with better ingredients.

  2. Jerry Jones IS NOT responsible for the actions of somebody else. The fact that society is always trying to have somebody “own up to” someone elses actions or words is part of the problem around here

  3. Former Papa John’s delivery driver and assistant manager here, cut a settlement out of court to avoid being a whistleblower, but am no longer bound by any NDAs/confidentiality agreements. I can confirm 100% that the company’s financial losses are related to the product and customer service. Turnover in the restaurants themselves is massive at all levels (some stores go through General Managers at the rate of 6-8 per year), and when you are constantly retraining new hires (some of whom are brought straight from local workhouses/jails, so the franchise owner gets a tax credit towards their wages and doesn’t have to offer them health care), there is simply no way you can make “better pizza”. Franchisees, most of whom have little to no firsthand food service experience and are just owning a restaurant as a status symbol or poorly-conceived retirement plan, are sold a castle-in-the-sky set of pro-forma financials without being told that even the most successful restaurants, in any format, are a complete money pit for the first 1-3 years of operation at a minimum. The food could be good, under better circumstances (like in his commercials with Colyn hemming and hawing over which pan to use), but like most big corporate chains of all kinds, the higher-ups on the ladder and the big guy himself are all jingoistic, scam-artist hucksters.

  4. “i have seen more of his commercials this year than ever before”

    Well, your observation is obviously an extremely accurate measure of the frequency of Papa John’s advertising. It is unfortunate that no services exist that accumulate such data, so we really appreciate your ad hoc eye test.

  5. As a business owner, it’s his money and business to protect, he can do it as he sees fit. Don’t like his pizza, keep your $20, he’ll decide what to do with his millions$.

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