Wednesday Papa John’s Pizza Chain Pulled Its NFL Advertisement

We all remember the extremely embarrassing ads where Peyton Manning shilled for some overtly average pizza. Well from now on the ads won’t be airing.

On Wednesday when Papa John’s pizza chain pulled its NFL advertisement, the NFL lost their largest advertisers.

Jonathan Maze, the senior financial editor Nation’s Restaurant News, blames only the NFL for this lost.

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“The NFL has hurt us. We are disappointed the NFL and its leadership did not resolve this,” the founder and CEO of Papa John’s John Schnatter said.

“Leadership starts at the top and this is an example of poor leadership,” Schnatter said, pointing out that the problem had been “nipped in the bud” more than a year now.

While many private businesses and small chains are ready to boycott the NFL over the disrespectful anthem protests, Papa John’s is the largest company to support them.

The NFL has been in a turbulence of controversy since last season when former NFL player Colin Kaepernick first took the knee during the national anthem.

His protest slowly grew in 2016 NFL season, with many players choosing to kneel, sit or raise “black power” during the national anthem.

The controversial exploded in 2017 after President Trump criticized the NFL players for protesting the anthem September.

American people feel the protests are disrespectful, though they wouldn’t ever deny the right to protest to anyone. The NFL fans believe that the national anthem or the games are not the place or time to protests.

As the NFL is starting to lose its viewership, advertisements, and faces declining ratings, we hope Commissioner Roger Goodell will finally realize the anthem protests are only hurting the NFL and will decide to make some change.

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