Papa John’s Deciding Whether to Drop NFL Sponsorship After Sales Fall Due to Anthem Protests

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The NFL and Papa John’s, have probably enjoyed the closest business relationship of any sponsor and sports league in recent history. However, the NFL’s handling of the recent spate of anthem protests, might sever that tie for good.

According to the Wall Street Journal, considering their recent drops in pizza sales during NFL games,  Papa John’s is deciding whether to continue their partnership with the NFL.

“We have to evaluate our reliance on partnerships that are TV-focused, like the NFL,” Papa John’s Chief Marketing Officer Brandon Rhoten told the Wall Street Journal.

Papa John’s President and Chief Operating Officer Steve Ritchie backed Rhoten, “If the viewership decline continues, we will need to shift into things that work more effectively for us. We are anxiously awaiting a solution [to the anthem issue] to be created. That’s what will put the league in a positive place for the players, the fan base and the partners associated with them.”

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