NEW YORK (AP) The CEO of Papa John’s slammed the NFL’s leadership and blamed protests by football players for pizza sales going cold. A day later Colts Nyheim Hines Jersey , rival Pizza Hut said it saw no such impact. So what’s going on?
Papa John’s is closely associated with the NFL, due to its sponsorship of the league. 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. And there may be other issues in play: More people are cooking at home, and Papa John’s may have been too dependent on TV ads at a time when more people are spending time online.
The NFL also has fewer viewers than it used to. The average game this season has attracted 14.8 million viewers, down from 15.6 million at the same point last year.Article continues below ...
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem to protest what he said was police mistreatment of black males. 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.
Papa John’s said customers now have a negative view of the chain’s association with the NFL. ”The controversy is polarizing the customer, polarizing the country,” CEO John Schnatter said Wednesday after the company had released softer sales figures.
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Pizza Hut said the opposite: ”We’re not seeing any impact from any of that on our business,” said Greg Creed, who is CEO of Pi
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Papa John’s said this week it hired a new creative agency that will help it create more digital ads
”We’re an e-commerce brand – it’s time we stop thinking in TV scripts,” Chief Marketing Officer Brandon Rhoten said in a statement..