Papa John’s Says it Aloud (and Pizza Hut Confirms It)

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Papa John's Says it Aloud (and Pizza Hut Confirms It)

For weeks our friends in media, par­tic­u­larly in the sports media have been doing all they can to make sure that the entire world knows that what­ever is the cause of the drop in rat­ings for the NFL and the empty seats it def­i­nitely , pos­i­tively and just plain isn’t mostly con­nected to the play­ers protest­ing dur­ing the national anthem.

We see story after story say­ing it’s over sat­u­ra­tion, it’s the qual­ity of play, it’s the injuries, it’s every­thing ANY­THING but the ele­phant in the room, the protests dur­ing the National Anthem that while it plays well with the rad­i­cal left, and the play­ers who sup­port the rad­i­cal left and the media that sup­ports the rad­i­cal left and the sports media that is even more rad­i­cal than the reg­u­lar media but is detested by the actual cus­tomer base of the NFL.

Well lo and behold Papa John’s Pizza which is a brand com­pletely iden­ti­fied with the NFL has had a meet­ing and Papa John him­self had decided to bluntly tell the world that the NFL emperor doesn’t have any clothes

In a tele­con­fer­ence Wednes­day, com­pany founder and CEO John Schnat­ter crit­i­cized how the league has han­dled the player protests and it’s impact on the company.

The NFL has hurt us,” Schnat­ter said (via ESPN). “We are dis­ap­pointed the NFL and its lead­er­ship did not resolve this.”

Papa John’s is the offi­cial pizza of the NFL, with sched­uled com­mer­cial time slots dur­ing games. The NFL has promised Papa John’s addi­tional slots for next year, but Schnat­ter still isn’t happy.

Lead­er­ship starts at the top and this is an exam­ple of poor lead­er­ship,” Schnat­ter said, adding the issue should have “nipped in the bud” early in last year’s season.

They are being attacked mer­ci­less for telling the truth

After Schnat­ter directed his com­ments at the league’s lead­er­ship, the com­pany quickly began trend­ing on Twit­ter on Wednes­day. Users accused him of blam­ing the play­ers protest­ing racial inequal­ity — and missed no oppor­tu­nity to take jabs at their qual­ity of pizza.

This spin is very funny but the fun­ni­est spin came from Pizza Hut

Accord­ing to Busi­ness Insider, Yum Brands CEO Greg Creed told investors that Pizza Hut hasn’t seen the impact from NFL player protests that Papa John’s claimed to be dam­ag­ing their busi­ness. Creed said:

We’re not see­ing any impact from any of that.”

While Papa John’s is rec­og­nized as the “offi­cial” pizza of the NFL, brands like Pizza Hut and Domi­nos rely con­sid­er­ably on NFL fans for their game-​day sales.

The prob­lem with this argu­ment is an impor­tant con­trast first Papa Johns:

Papa John’s, the offi­cial pizza com­pany of the NFL, has a deal with the league and with 23 teams.

In other words Papa John’s is directly asso­ci­ated with the NFL in many peo­ple minds par­tic­u­larly those who buy Pizza. How about Pizza Hut? (empha­sis mine)

Accord­ing to CNBC, Pizza Hut, who has no affil­i­a­tion with the NFL, saw 1 per­cent growth this quar­ter, higher than expected. “We’re not see­ing any impact from any of that on our busi­ness,” the com­pany said dur­ing an earn­ings con­fer­ence call, accord­ing to CNBC

So let me get this straight, the evi­dence that the press is pre­sent­ing that Papa John’s, a com­pany totally asso­ci­ated with the NFL is wrong that the protests in the NFL that they are asso­ci­ated with are hurt­ing them is that a sim­i­lar com­pany WITH NO AFFIL­I­A­TION WITH THE NFL IS NOT HAV­ING THAT PROBLEM?

Am I the only per­son in the world who sees how absolutely insane that argu­ment is?

By an odd coin­ci­dence that likely has noth­ing to do with what Papa John’s has said and it’s effect on other adver­tis­ers who might have noticed the same thing but said noth­ing the NFL put his ad on youtube today and played it dur­ing Thurs­day night foot­ball last night:

I’m sure that it’s just a coin­ci­dence that this ad started run­ning right after the Papa John’s busi­ness and fur­ther­more I’m sure the fact that at the restau­rant I was at when it ran the per­son next to me said they didn’t believe them is sim­ply anecdotal.


As I have no sex­ual secrets of rich lib­er­als to sell or the spon­sor­ship of a national pizza com­pany I have to make my buck by going places and doing inter­views all the time hop­ing peo­ple like it enough to pay for it.

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For weeks our friends in media, particularly in the sports media have been doing all they can to make sure that the entire world knows that whatever is the cause of the drop in ratings for the NFL and the empty seats it definitely , positively and just plain isn’t mostly connected to the players protesting during the national anthem.

We see story after story saying it’s over saturation, it’s the quality of play, it’s the injuries, it’s everything ANYTHING but the elephant in the room, the protests during the National Anthem that while it plays well with the radical left, and the players who support the radical left and the media that supports the radical left and the sports media that is even more radical than the regular media but is detested by the actual customer base of the NFL.

Well lo and behold Papa John’s Pizza which is a brand completely identified with the NFL has had a meeting and Papa John himself had decided to bluntly tell the world that the NFL emperor doesn’t have any clothes

In a teleconference Wednesday, company founder and CEO John Schnatter criticized how the league has handled the player protests and it’s impact on the company.

“The NFL has hurt us,” Schnatter said (via ESPN). “We are disappointed the NFL and its leadership did not resolve this.”

Papa John’s is the official pizza of the NFL, with scheduled commercial time slots during games. The NFL has promised Papa John’s additional slots for next year, but Schnatter still isn’t happy.

“Leadership starts at the top and this is an example of poor leadership,” Schnatter said, adding the issue should have “nipped in the bud” early in last year’s season.

They are being attacked merciless for telling the truth

After Schnatter directed his comments at the league’s leadership, the company quickly began trending on Twitter on Wednesday. Users accused him of blaming the players protesting racial inequality—and missed no opportunity to take jabs at their quality of pizza.

This spin is very funny but the funniest spin came from Pizza Hut

According to Business Insider, Yum Brands CEO Greg Creed told investors that Pizza Hut hasn’t seen the impact from NFL player protests that Papa John’s claimed to be damaging their business. Creed said:

“We’re not seeing any impact from any of that.”

While Papa John’s is recognized as the “official” pizza of the NFL, brands like Pizza Hut and Dominos rely considerably on NFL fans for their game-day sales.

The problem with this argument is an important contrast first Papa Johns:

Papa John’s, the official pizza company of the NFL, has a deal with the league and with 23 teams.

In other words Papa John’s is directly associated with the NFL in many people minds particularly those who buy Pizza. How about Pizza Hut? (emphasis mine)

According to CNBC, Pizza Hut, who has no affiliation with the NFL, saw 1 percent growth this quarter, higher than expected. “We’re not seeing any impact from any of that on our business,” the company said during an earnings conference call, according to CNBC

So let me get this straight, the evidence that the press is presenting that Papa John’s, a company totally associated with the NFL is wrong that the protests in the NFL that they are associated with are hurting them is that a similar company WITH NO AFFILIATION WITH THE NFL IS NOT HAVING THAT PROBLEM?

Am I the only person in the world who sees how absolutely insane that argument is?

By an odd coincidence that likely has nothing to do with what Papa John’s has said and it’s effect on other advertisers who might have noticed the same thing but said nothing the NFL put his ad on youtube today and played it during Thursday night football last night:

I’m sure that it’s just a coincidence that this ad started running right after the Papa John’s business and furthermore I’m sure the fact that at the restaurant I was at when it ran the person next to me said they didn’t believe them is simply anecdotal.


As I have no sexual secrets of rich liberals to sell or the sponsorship of a national pizza company I have to make my buck by going places and doing interviews all the time hoping people like it enough to pay for it.

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