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November 2nd, 2017
Money talks, and Papa John’s has a very loud voice in NFL ears. Because of that voice, the league commissioner could find himself unemployed very soon if team owners still care about making money, and yes, they care very much about it.
Papa John’s International Inc. founder John Schnatter has targeted NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, over his weak handling of the league’s national-anthem controversy that has hammered sales of his pizza reports Bloomberg.
“The NFL has hurt us by not resolving the current debacle to the players’ and owners’ satisfaction,” Schnatter, who serves as the pizza chain’s chairman and chief executive officer, said on a conference call. “NFL leadership has hurt Papa John’s shareholders.”
Schnatter’s comments come after weeks of declining viewers, game attendance, and dropping merchandise sales when fans began boycotting the NFL because of ingrate racist players protesting the national anthem.
Many fans are so outraged by the player’s demand for Criminal Affirmative Action, and not holding minorities equally accountable to the law, that they would rather watch replacement players during a strike, than the current batch of ingrates.
Schnatter is by far the highest-profile example of an NFL partner publicly blaming the outcry for hurting business.
Goodell, whose contract is up for renewal, has taken flak for not resolving the controversy more quickly. The flap has even drawn tweets from President Donald Trump, who called for owners to fire or bench players who refuse to stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
“Leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership,” Schnatter said.
Indeed it is such an example, and combined with Goodell’s history of pathetic leadership, mistake after mistake, the team owners are likely to wash their hands of the most politically correct NFL Commissioner in league history.
Papa John’s has been the NFL’s official pizza sponsor since 2010. Schnatter, who founded the company in 1984, donated to Trump’s campaign and has railed against government regulations.
Goodell critics have said that he should force players to stand for the anthem.
“This should have been nipped in the bud a year and a half ago,” Schnatter said on the call. “Like many sponsors, we’re in touch with the NFL. Once the issue is resolved, we’re optimistic the NFL’s best years are ahead.”
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