Papa John’s, Mother NFL divorcing

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The NFL will soon be looking for a new official pizza.

Via Charles Gasparino of FOX Business Network, Papa John’s is unlikely to retain that title. An announcement is expected during a Tuesday earnings call.

During a November earnings call, former Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter blamed the NFL for declining sales, criticizing the league for its handling of the anthem controversy. Some NFL owners believe that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who has a stake in more than 100 Papa John’s locations, cajoled Schnatter into making the public attack on the league.

Schnatter has since stepped down, and the divorce between Papa John’s and Mother NFL is about to happen.

67 responses to “Papa John’s, Mother NFL divorcing

  1. It’s actually quite sad as he was a pawn in Jerry Jones’ game.
    Also, he’s right about the anthem having negative consequences. Attendance was down, viewership down, pizza sales, chicken wing sales, etc. All a coincidence? Hell no.
    Kudos to him for having the stones to call a spade, a spade.

  2. Papa John is a hack, and his pizzas are just discs of hot garbage.

    Also, people need to stop using this “patriot” stuff to validate their own ignorant prejudices to themselves. He wasn’t calling anything “like it was”, he wasn’t defending freedom or anything even remotely along those lines. He was looking to use a controversy as a cheap boost for his own ends, and it backfired. Simple as that.

    Maybe the fact that supremacist groups started using him as the official white power pizza had something to do with his plummeting sales and tarnished brand name.

  3. yaz67 says:
    February 27, 2018 at 5:08 pm
    Disgraceful. Schnatter is a true patriot and a great american. Goodell is 100% behind this.
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    Schantter is neither of those things. He got involved in a culture was and got his you know what handed to him in the process. He will now fade into obscurity where he belongs.

  4. “Commissioner? Domino’s Pizza on Line One.”

    You know Domino’s is drooling at the thought of getting that sweet PR push from what is still the #1 sport in the land, hands down. Better still, they can point to decreased ratings and Papa John’s loss of sales to get a cheaper rate. A win-win for Domino’s.

  5. Why not mention how many Papa John’s Peyton owns too in all your Papa Johns articles? Maybe Peyton was behind it? Wouldn’t be the first time a Manning manipulated the NFL.

  6. Looks like America’s tattooed and toothless will have to find another awful “pizza” to shove down their gullets…..

  7. His pizza is almost as bad as his lack of understanding of how the world works and scapegoating.

  8. I have never seen a Company yet that has been the same after going public! Quality and Customer Service goes out the door and greed takes over…. Put less topings on to save 30 cents a Pizza, use the Imitation Cheese, it costs 20% less, slice the Pepperoni to paper thin.. It still “looks good” I had my fill of that working for gateway Computers before and after going public! Stock holders don’t give a damn for anything but profit..
    I still seems funny when companies like this and Mens Warehouse fire the people that started the company… so many have stock holders buy early, cut costs to show BIG profits then sell out leaving the next owners holding the bag when it fails….Like Gateway..

  9. Hey, who wants to be the NEW pizza king for a badly wobbling, once-adored product that’s leaped head first into the social justice pool? Please step forward!

    Papa John’s called it as they saw it. Respect.

  10. Yes, business fell dramatically on football Sundays in 2017. Those were the days my business was solid, stand-up room only, and the kitchen pumped out pizza and finger foods non-stop during football games. This past year was dreary, down to one waitress and one bartender, and one pizza maker. We closed on Monday nights, and Thursday nights were busy early for the $1.00 tacos; room was basically empty during the game. Only college football games brought in business on Saturdays.

    Yes, kneeling by the players and a down-turn in the food/bar business during football games may, or may not, be a coincidence. But the down-turn was real.

  11. Not a big fan of Papa John’s … at all … but it is much better if you heat it up in a frying pan and let the bottom get super hot and crispy. It is a little extra time and work to go through but IMO well worth it. It sounds weird but we do this with pretty much any pizza we get.

  12. burtmustin says:
    February 27, 2018 at 5:09 pm
    Does this mean that Peyton is going to be the next Colonel Sanders?
    …………………………………………………………………………..
    What a terrific original idea. This could be his best move since getting dumped by the Colts. Reba as the transgender country music Colonel is great but Peyton and KFC would make an awesome finger lick’n combo.

  13. John Schnatter, founder of Papa Johns has a Net worth of $1B. He lives in a 40,000 square foot castle located within an exclusive Louisville, Kentucky country club. The house is worth $7-10 million and features a 22 car multi-level garage, several pools, a private lake and a golf course. Meanwhile, fanboys, living in Mommy’s basement, seem to know so much more. Wow, just wow! Tell us fanboys, how do you run a company in 50 US states and 30 countries. Wait. There goes the dinner bell. Mommy is calling.

  14. Funny, I thought that when white supremacist groups like the Daily Stormer announced that Papa John’s was their “official pizza” and began using their logo and branding; that was what caused the sudden unpopularity of Papa John’s pizza.

  15. IMO this pretty much proves Papa Johns believed what he said and was not ‘Jerry Jones’ pawn. Being the official sponsor of NFL obviously wasn’t helping him sell more pizza. It doesn’t matter what the reason is, the point was it didn’t get the return he wanted.

    And it makes sense, the NFL’s popularity is declining for a multitude of reasons, but they want higher prices than ever to be the NFL’s ‘official’ whatever. The point is the cost of being the NFL’s official pizza was costly, and Papa Johns saw decreased sales during the spots. That’s a bad return and demands ending the relationship.

    Someone has to pay Goodells inflated salary, but Papa Johns will no longer be part of it. Ironically that actually makes me want to buy one of their pizzas more.

  16. Papa John and NFL owners only care about business and not social equality. The hired help who are mostly Black need to stay in line like TOBY in Roots. How dare they protest!!

  17. “Some NFL owners believe that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who has a stake in more than 100 Papa John’s locations, cajoled Schnatter into making the public attack on the league.”

    Again this belief isn’t relevant. Facts matter again, perception takes its place at the back again.
    Some people ‘believe’ the moon landings were fake.
    Some journalists ‘believe’ they still have sway over a majority of the country.
    Some celebrities ‘believe’ their political opinions matter.
    Some Sportswriters ‘believe’ in a Dez Bryant/Wal-Mart/Bigfoot/unicorn/proof of aliens video (and are actively looking for it)

  18. correctingerrors says:
    February 27, 2018 at 5:51 pm
    Guess what Papa Johns and Colin Kaepernick have in common…
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    Both have way more money than you?

  19. Noah Webb says:
    correctingerrors says:
    February 27, 2018 at 5:48 pm
    His pizza is almost as bad as his lack of understanding of how the world works and scapegoating.
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    It’s scapegoating only if you don’t have the business responsibility. He’s walked the walk, with plenty of knowledge of the world and success to show for it.

  20. Noah Webb says:
    February 27, 2018 at 6:35 pm
    Papa John and NFL owners only care about business and not social equality. The hired help who are mostly Black need to stay in line like TOBY in Roots. How dare they protest!!
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    NFL’s a business, and like all businesses.. a) it’s the owner’s risk and his decision what goes, b) all employees need to do what their paid for, and c) how did it become the owners job do what 5% of their employees want. Protest on your own time, this gets you fired in 99% of jobs in the real world.

  21. Couldn’t be happier I’ll no longer have to hear this windbag hawk his awful pizzas during NFL games! Had one once several years ago and it was terrible–something that couldn’t be blamed on anyone’s politics. A bad sauce is a bad sauce. First he blames his troubles on providing health care for workers, then on football players. He and the Klansmen should be very happy together pointing fingers at others for all that’s wrong in their lives.

  22. When will corporate America realize outlandish endorsement’s only benefit is an ego boost? I haven’t eaten Papa John’s once as an NFL sponsor. Sprint (initially Nextel) hasn’t seen much advantage to sponsoring Nascar. They would get more benefit by using that money to pay their employees more or dropping profit margins on their products. I can’t recall what the official beer of the NFL is.

  23. I question your judgement if you think their pizza is good. It is as bad as Dominoes. Hell, Pizza Hit is miles ahead of Papa John’s.

  24. variant703 says:
    February 27, 2018 at 5:31 pm
    yaz67 says:
    February 27, 2018 at 5:08 pm
    Disgraceful. Schnatter is a true patriot and a great american. Goodell is 100% behind this.
    —————-
    Schantter is neither of those things. He got involved in a culture was and got his you know what handed to him in the process. He will now fade into obscurity where he belongs.

    —————————
    You do realize that he has so much money that he is set for life and generations no matter what he does? He can even afford to protest at work and become untouchable for ir and would still be set for life.

  25. I’m too cool for Papa John’s, blah, blah, blah. Like everyone who posts here is some sort of gourmet or if it has anything to do with the merits of his comments. It sounded like the typical CEO BS on missing quarterly numbers to me, but the NFL does have at least some problem with ratings be it anthem-related or otherwise.

  26. Ill be buying more Papa John’s Pizza now! But the anthem protest didn’t bother me. I stand with the cause. But I hate the NFL.because of goodell he is a huge problem he needs to go

  27. Funny how people blast Papa John’s Pizza. The brand is obviously successful. There are franchises all over the country. I assume the pizza must be comparable to Domino’s or other chains. Many people enjoy Papa John’s or it wouldn’t have grown as it did in such a short period of time. We can quit with the bashing any time. Don’t agree with Schnater’s politics? Cool. Disagree. But don’t act so foolish when everyone knows you know better than to believe what you are writing here. Don’t like the pizza? Don’t buy it. But don’t pretend you know what everyone else should like. The anti Papa John’s Pizza people here are fools.

    Personally, I don’t eat fast food type pizza. On the rare occasion I do eat pizza, it is from a local pizzeria that makes great pizza. Am I going to bash Papa John’s Pizza? Nope. Never ate a slice.

  28. Some NFL owners believe that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who has a stake in more than 100 Papa John’s locations, cajoled Schnatter into making the public attack on the league.”

    Again this belief isn’t relevant. Facts matter again, perception takes its place at the back again.
    Some people ‘believe’ the moon landings were fake.
    Some journalists ‘believe’ they still have sway over a majority of the country.
    Some celebrities ‘believe’ their political opinions matter.
    Some Sportswriters ‘believe’ in a Dez Bryant/Wal-Mart/Bigfoot/unicorn/proof of aliens video (and are actively looking for it)

    ***

    Yikes.

  29. Look at ya’ll thumbing down anything with the word “patriot” in it or anything slamming Roger Goodell… Weird for football fans. Just saying.

    I’d like to know who filed for divorce first? If it was the NFL, then their vindictive run at Jerry Jones has truly been impressive. The way corruption can sometimes be impressively corrupt.

  30. skmad2014 says:

    February 27, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    Why not mention how many Papa John’s Peyton owns too in all your Papa Johns articles? Maybe Peyton was behind it? Wouldn’t be the first time a Manning manipulated the NFL.

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    Peyton wasn’t behind it, it was all Jerrah and the reason is simple: Peyton didn’t have an axe to grind with Goodell because his star running back was suspended for six games.

    And to the person who called Schnatter a “patriot” and a “great American”, keep this in mind. A patriot and a great American would have taken responsibility for his company’s stock going down. Passing the buck doesn’t make you a patriot, it makes you a unaccountable coward.

  31. Man, congrats to anybody that can throw and pizza together at a moments notice and have it on your table in 30 minutes for $8-$10.

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