With Commissioner Roger Goodell seemingly uninterested in halting the offensive National Anthem protests that have plagued the NFL this season, Americans are rearranging their Sundays to exclude football from the festivities.
For many in the United States, religious or not, Sunday is a day of rest. It is a sacred time of relaxation, recharging, and avoiding the coming stress of the work week. These folks don’t read emails, they don’t talk business, and they certainly don’t engage in political discussion. Instead, they opt for an easy, no-hassle meal and some televised sport.
Unfortunately for the NFL, by allowing a pedantic political gesture such as disrespecting the National Anthem to take place week in and week out, Americans have been forced to remove the NFL from their Sunday wind-down, and with it, the hassle-free meals have seemingly disappeared as well.
This football-related fallout has made a significant impact on one pizza person in particular: Papa John Schnatter.
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“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.”