Papa John's ( PZZA ) has blamed the protests by NFL players during the national anthem as the reason for its slowing sales growth. More players started to kneel after President Donald Trump said in September that team owners should get rid of those who protest during the anthem. "NFL leadership has hurt Papa John's shareholders". With viewership down for NFL games, there could be a connection with the league and lower sales numbers since less people are seeing Papa John's ads, said Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Michael Halen. But experts say it is also facing more competition as other fast-food chains start to deliver burgers and fried chicken, taking a bite out of pizza sales.
Papa John's and Schnatter were both roasted when he dared to speak out.
"The NFL has hurt us", said Schnatter.
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Digiorno pizza official Twitter account took to Twitter and posted a series of tweets, trolling the hell out of Papa John for complaining.
Papa John's, which operates 4,700 stores across America, reported on Wednesday that it had pulled some television advertising around National Football League games and that comparable sales in North America grew 1% in the third quarter, short of estimates and lower than the 5.5% growth the same time a year ago. The NFL has lost fan support, jeopardized advertisers and spent the season getting blitzed by the media.
The NFL declined to comment on Schnatter's comments and sponsors' pressure to end the protests. Through Week 7, National Football League viewership is down 5% overall from the same point previous year. And so the controversy is polarizing the customer, polarizing the country, and that's the big difference here.
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As soon as Aaron Rodgers returns, he'd be filling the same role with the Packers that he will be in New England. Hoyer then ended up with the Houston Texans in 2015 and led the team to the playoffs after making nine starts.
Papa John's shares fell as much as 13 percent Wednesday, the most in two years according to Bloomberg News, as same-store sales increased 1 percent during its third quarter compared to a 5.5 percent increase during the same time last year.
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