The NFL was dreading this day.
Ever since players began their anti-American anthem protests, NFL owners and executives were wondering if the demonstrations would bring down the league.
Now players and owners are realizing the devastating consequences of the national anthem protests.
Fans are sick of America-hating players and the league is feeling it in the pocketbook.
But now it’s going beyond falling TV ratings and empty stands.
Sponsors are starting to pull out and it’s costing the league millions.
Papa John’s announced they were pulling the NFL logo off ads for the rest of the season citing negative association with the NFL.
The popular pizza chain cited sagging NFL ratings are the culprit for low sales.
“Papa John’s International Inc. founder John Schnatter is going after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, saying weak handling of the league’s national-anthem controversy has hammered sales of his pizza.
“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.”
The remarks follow a controversy over NFL football players protesting during the national anthem, a movement that started last season. The demonstrations have sparked calls for a boycott and raised concerns among league sponsors. But Schnatter’s comments mark 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.”
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