Papa John’s CEO on NFL Protest: “Should’ve Been Nipped In The Bud”

by TV One Staff

November 1, 2017

During a 3Q earnings call, Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter blamed “NFL leadership” for the “current debacle” between players and owners.

Chris Otts reporters that Schnatter went on to say “Good or bad, leadership starts at the top and this is an example of poor leadership,” going on to say “this should have been nipped in the bud a year and a half ago.”

The companies stock is down 6.3%. Both NFL and Papa John’s reportedly expected increased viewership and ratings. Schnatter says NFL ratings went down because of the presidential election and again this season because of “the controversy.”


Papa John’s is one of the league’s most known TV advertisers, company executives said on Wednesday’s call.

ESPN’s Jemele Hill took to Twitter saying “Racial injustice couldn’t be ended as easily as adding an extra topping and a side of ranch.”