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Papa John’s Blames NFL Protests For Sales Decline

Displaced blame seems to be the theme of 2017.

Tyrese is blaming The Rock for his custody and financial issues and now Papa John‘s CEO John Schnatter is blaming the NFL protests for their decline in sales.

Via Yahoo! Sports:

“The NFL has hurt us by not resolving the current debacle to the players’ and owners’ satisfaction,” Schnatter said on a conference call announcing third-quarter earnings. “NFL leadership has hurt Papa John’s shareholders.”

The theory apparently goes that because the NFL is permitting players to protest, ratings are dropping. And the fact that ratings are dropping means fewer people are sitting around their televisions ordering pizzas. And surely some of those unordered pizzas would have come from Papa John’s, which enjoys a close connection with the NFL through omnipresent ads. Papa John’s has an agreement with both the NFL itself and 23 individual teams. Ergo, Papa John’s woes are the NFL’s fault.

“This should have been nipped in the bud a year and a half ago,” Schnatter said. “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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