In a conference call with investors earlier this week, Papa John’s founder and CEO “Papa” John Schnatter blasted the National Football League’s handling of the national anthem protests saying, “The NFL has hurt us and, more importantly, by not resolving the current debacle to the [players’ and owners’] satisfaction, NFL leadership has hurt Papa John’s.”
It comes as no surprise the “official pizza” of the NFL and the Super Bowl would feel the financial impact of the negative brand association generated by the league’s current unpopularity. Reports indicate that Papa John’s will try to reverse the current trend by removing the NFL Shield and other references in future advertising.
After recent comments by Papa John’s competitors, Pizza Hut and DiGiorno, the media appears to be developing a narrative that pizza companies may be on opposing sides of the anthem protest issue.
Yahoo! Finance, which is owned by Verizon (2 – Lean Liberal), published an article with this headline: “Pizza Hut counters Papa John’s claim of NFL hurting pizza sales.” The story refers to a statement made by the CEO of Pizza Hut’s parent company, YUM! Brands, who said his company was “not seeing any impact” from the anthem protest controversy.
However, the article also quoted a Bloomberg financial analyst who appeared validate Papa John’s position saying, “I’m not blaming them for citing it. If this is a permanent thing, they have to figure out where to spend some of those ad dollars.”
On the other hand, DiGiorno, which is owned by Nestle (2.4 – Lean Liberal), took direct aim at Papa John’s via Twitter in an attempt to gain a piece of the pie in the midst of this week’s pizza coverage:
— DiGiorno Pizza (@DiGiornoPizza) November 1, 2017
While Domino’s (2.7 – Lean Liberal) has not yet added any sauce, could we be seeing a new pizza war heating up the ovens? 2ndVote has the background research showing where all these companies align on political and cultural issues so you can know what is actually delivered in that box:
Papa John’s financially supports The Salvation Army, an organization that supports Pro-Life values and traditional marriage.
Pizza Hut’s parent company, YUM! Brands, contributes to the YWCA and National Urban League, organizations that are members of the anti-2nd Amendment Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV). The YWCA is pro-abortion and supports same-sex marriage and National Urban League supports sanctuary city policies.
Domino’s has donated to Equality Michigan, a liberal LGBT advocacy organization that opposes religious liberty protections for business owners.
DiGiorno’s parent company Nestle supports the economically burdensome Paris Climate Agreement and contributes to Planned Parenthood supporters Susan G. Komen and March of Dimes.
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