The politicization of American football has come at a hefty price for the NFL and its ineffective commissioner Roger Goodell, who are both facing severe adversity in recent months.
For the league, it all began in 2016 when perpetual 2nd-stringer Colin Kaepernick began disrespecting the National Anthem for attention. The 49er’s player claimed that he was protecting racial injustice and the the “pigs” in law enforcement, but, in reality, his publicity stunt was more likely an attempt to play off of the national sports media’s sudden penchant for involving themselves in liberal politics.
And it worked, unfortunately. ESPN and others soon gave Kaepernick all the media coverage that he could handle, and this encouraged a great many more underwhelming players to join the pedantic protests.
Now that Kaepernick is jobless, the NFL’s bratty and overpaid players are continuing this ridiculously disrespectful tradition, and have even found ways to incorporate their protests into Presidential politics. This latest incarnation of nonsense has several NFL sponsors looking to sever ties with the league, whose administration refuses to take any action against these anti-American gestures. While a number of smaller advertisers have already pulled out of their contracts with the league, one of the NFL’s principle sponsors could soon be next on the list.
“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.’”
This is far from Papa John’s first foray into politics either.
Earlier this week, the fast-food pizza chain lambasted the NFL’s leadership for their inability and unwillingness to address the very real issue of these anthem protests. Years ago, however, “Papa” John Schnatter was one of the leasing business voices calling attention to the impeding doom of Obamacare, warning of an artificial economic inflation that will coincide with large businesses being forced to provide health benefits to all employees working an average of 30 hours per week.