NFL And Papa John’s Announce “Mutual” Split

The New York Daily News reports:

Papa John’s and the NFL are splitting up. In a joint statement released on Tuesday, the two announced the pizza franchise will no longer be the official pizza of the NFL.

“The NFL and Papa John’s have made a mutual decision to shift from their official league sponsorship to a focus on partnerships with 22 local NFL teams, presence in broadcast and digital media, and key personalities in the sport,” the statement read.

The relationship began to fracture over the last year, with former CEO John Schnatter blaming the NFL’s handling of players protesting during the national anthem as reason for the decline in sales. Schnatter eventually apologized for his remarks, but stepped down as CEO on Jan. 1 while remaining with the company as a chairman.

It’s believed that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who owns dozens of Papa John’s franchises, had egged Schnatter on to make the remarks that ultimately cost him the CEO gig.

  • netxtown

    Jerry Jones is a walkin, talkin asshole if ever there was one. Jerry’s World…is all about Jerry.

    • Dramphooey

      You gotta love that type of asshole, though. “Go on, dude, do it! … Oops. Sorry bro, my bad. Hey, I gotta go. We should hang out later. I’ll call you.”

    • Bambino

      So he is going to run for senate.

  • bkmn
    • William

      Keep kicking the chair legs out from under Drumpf.

      • Jonathan Smith

        why? It’s soooooooo much fun

  • #DJTK5F

    Jerry Jones will be fined in coming weeks by the NFL for conduct detrimental to the league.

    • netxtown

      He already got popped $2 mill for legal fees to the NFL.

  • Treant

    I’m not sure what this means, but anything that costs Papa John’s media coverage is good in my book.

  • Pollos Hermanos
    • Cardboard, ketchup, and a single packet of string cheese.

      Yup, perfect.

      • Bob Conti

        It seems like the box is actually tastier than the pizza therein.

      • Robincho

        Where else but ‘Murkkka could a cesspool pizza operation boast of a CEO and a CFO and a COO and a Chairman of This and a Chairman of That? Has anyone actually EATEN this garbage?…

    • safari

      Growing up I liked Papa Johns, mainly because the other choices were worse.

      Now it just gives me digestive problems and makes me feel bloated.

      • bkmn

        Pizza Hut has always given me heartburn.

        • William

          Pizza Hut gave me food poisoning. In 1986. I haven’t been back.

          • gothambear

            Please all of you visit us in NY and even the suburbs – we have AMAZING non-chain pizza…our two guest bedrooms beckon 🙂

          • FAEN

            Pizza and bears-YAAASS!!

          • Scott Carpenter

            The IHOP in WeHo gave me something green when I went in after-bar for a steak & eggs breakfast. It wasn’t garnish, I didn’t eat it, and I haven’t been back.

          • thatotherjean

            They were pretty good around here, until recently. The last couple of times their pizza crust tasted like cardboard, the pepperoni was tasteless, and they skimped on the cheese. There will be no chance for a third strike. We’ll be looking for a non-chain pizza next time.

        • Snarkaholic

          Same here…and I’ve NEVER had heartburn at any other place/time in my life!

      • Pollos Hermanos

        It gives me the worst heartburn and I’m up all night getting glasses of water when I eat it because I’m so thirsty.

        I’d probably be safer eating an entire salt lick.

        • FAEN

          Drink milk the next time.

      • Dramphooey

        I don’t know where you lived but I’m glad I didn’t live there.

        • safari

          We had a post from it earlier today.

      • anne marie in philly

        my pizza comes from the greek mom-n-pop shop up the street (at home) or the italian mom-n-pop shop down the street (at work). never had a problem at either place. and they are LOCAL, not some stupid chain!

        • killreligion

          And I struggle to see why that isn’t everyone s choice. Why would anyone buy this crap. I don’t think your local options cost more.

          • Duh-David

            My local options don’t deliver. I don’t drive.

          • killreligion

            It’s a personal choice of course. But, for me if I don’t have an option for something adequate I wouldn’t do the unacceptable option

            If i can’t get a taxi where I am I still won’t use unethical Uber for example

            But maybe you like it enough and that’s your choice. . Or at least dislike if not enough to move or drive. But calling it food is a stretch. It’s certainly not cheese.

          • anne marie in philly

            no, the local joints don’t cost more. and the pizza is fresh made, not sitting under a heat lamp. and the management gets to know you and your likes/dislikes. sometimes they will even throw in an extra slice.

    • shellback

      Fresh, homemade pizza (dough and sauce) is quick and easy. About 37 minutes from start to eating.

      • Mark_in_MN

        37 minutes for homemade? With a good yeast dough crust? I don’t believe it.

        • TCinBerkeley

          Not sure where you are in MN, but yeasted raw pizza dough is available at Trader Joe’s, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Byerly’s/Lund’s has it as well. (I used to work at the Byerly’s in SLP when I was in college.)

          • Mark_in_MN

            Yes, Lund’s and Byerly’s sells pizza dough. But a) it would take longer than 37 minutes to let any yeast dough have some rise before baking, especially if it’s been refrigerated, let alone top and bake it, and b) I wouldn’t then call it home made.

      • Terance Greene

        I use yeast make the doe in the morning and let it sit all day I make different types it can take hours my favorite is pesto fresh motzerella and anchovy

        • thatotherjean

          Not too keen on the pesto, but I’d be very happy with the mozzarella and anchovies. Yum!

          • Terance Greene

            I make a rustic pesto fresh Parmesan olive oil fresh garlic fresh basil pine nuts or cashews if pine nuts are too expensive ground in a mortar and pestal.

        • Steve Smith

          Best to leave it all day, otherwise the yeast in the dough will blow you up like an airship. Tomato, mozzarella and anchovy and maybe a few capers too. Delicious. And a wood-fired oven heated to volcanic temperatures.
          I’m in Italy, and no-one makes pizza like the Italians.

          • Terance Greene

            Yes you guys have the best pizza ovens wood fired is the only way to go

          • prixator

            Is it cold there? Any snow where you are?

            This week, our February climate has been switched with part of Europe’s. I live in Toronto and we have had temperatures of 10-15°C for several days now. The normal high temp at this time of year is around 0°C.

          • Steve Smith

            Just had a few days of real cold weather, about -8 overnight. All around us there’s lots of snow, but we’ve had little enough here. Next week it will be back never to normal with temperatures of 5 or 6 degrees and some rain. Looking forward to the spring now, and the house is filling up with seed trays…

      • Judas Peckerwood

        Read “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day”. That book changed my life like no other — make dough once every couple of weeks and have fresh bread every day.

  • bkmn
    • netxtown

      Damn. She must be at the top end of her PSI. Girl looks like she’s gonna pop.

  • JCF

    OT: Pundit, “Hope Hicks has lasted so long in Trump’s inner circle, because she keeps her head down.”

    • …and her knees limber.

    • Pollos Hermanos

      She can also apparently take a punch.

    • Treant

      Obvious joke is obvious.

    • not a user 220000

      Awesome remix of a great song on a wondrous album! Thanks for posting, JCF!!!

      My favourite song from that album is:

  • Cuberly Deux

    Sort of a misleading supposed cutting of ties though. They’re still maintaining agreements with local sports teams. This just removes them as a formal national sponsor of the NFL.

    Just reshuffling the deck and hoping to keep Schnatter out of the picture. Thank gawd, who wants to see that Just For Men Krylon sprayed bad rug of his.

    • bkmn

      I want to see what they do with those individual team contracts after the next protest.

      • Cuberly Deux

        Yeah, it’s not like Schnatter’s gonna keep his mouth shut. Yeah he was canned as CEO but he’s still a crotchety right-wing douche with a big mouth.

        • bkmn

          You can bet he will insist on a clause that the contract will be null and void if team members do something that pisses him off.

          • Jonathan Smith

            playing while black?

  • RJ Bone

    Yeah, it was mutual.

    Papa Johns: We want to be horrible and then bitch when people call us out! It’s their fault that we abuse people! We’re leaving!

    NFL: ‘Kay (asshole).

    See? Mutual.

  • Bambino

    In other words, Papa John does not sell enough of its cardboard food to pay NFL. I wonder why?

    • Treant

      In this household, The Living Room That Taste Forgot, we refer to those pizzas as “abortion on toast.”

      • not a user 220000

        Abortions on toast even taste better (than the pizza)

        • Treant

          Plus, y’know, I got to destroy many an immortal soul (according to the wingers) to get my pizza.

          For early-term abortions, it can require 200 to 300 embryos to adequately cover the pie.

    • not a user 220000

      It tastes like crap? Oh, you were being rhetorical!

  • not a user 220000

    Perhaps Mr Jones actually ate a piece of Papa John’s pizza?

    • Bambino

      He should sell his product to Jim Baker Slop Bucket Inc.

  • Bambino

    Someone inform Casey Cagle, is he going to cut subsidy from the Atlanta Falcons or should the team relocate?

  • Cuberly Deux

    OT: Sorry to go OT so soon but…BAM! So the idiot admits to doctoring the emails but says it wasn’t on purpose. YEP he watches Fox. Facts are whatever you dream them to be.

    There’s going low, and then there’s going THIS low….wow…that poor damn kid.

    “Parkland Father Admits to Doctoring CNN Email”

    “The father of a Parkland high-school shooting survivor admitted that he doctored emails, making it appear as though CNN tried to script his son’s questions for a town-hall event the network hosted last week. Glenn Haab claimed he did not doctor the emails on purpose, but admitted to removing a few words when shopping it around for press.”

    • William

      What a maroon.

      • Cuberly Deux

        Today’s been news dump-a-rama!

    • Dramphooey

      “Not … on purpose, but admitted to removing a few words.” Words have no meaning with the right wing.

      • Cuberly Deux

        …and he was shopping them around. So how much money did Fox pay him then?

        Trucker Carlson broke the story and ran with it for a few days. I’m sure they’ll release a retraction…..right?

      • MonochromeMouse

        “OK fine, I didn’t tell the truth, but I’m not a liar.”

      • Snarkaholic

        …unless it’s a word like “gay” or “fetus”…

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      Told ya the parent(s) is/are behind this kids bs.

      • Cuberly Deux

        Yep, I was blaming the dad as well.

  • Bluto
  • another_steve

    I feel dirty, as if I need a shower now.

    Just reading this story.

  • Nic Peterson

    The stuff is crap anyway. Hey NFL, find some food that tastes good and doesn’t cause digestive complications.

  • Bluto
  • WNY
  • safari

    (New thread)

  • BearEyes

    uh huh
    wink, wink, nudge, nudge
    know what I mean.

  • mdub in Puyallup

    I guess the NFL didn’t want to have people comparing how it treats its employees against how Papa John’s does.

  • Boreal
    • Hunter M

      “White Flour!!!”

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    Schnatter’s right-wing politics is why I won’t buy PJ’s pizza. Well, that and it’s shitty pizza. Don’t buy from Domino’s either – he’s right-winger too. Buy from a local “mom and pop” pizza joint if you can.

    • Jukesgrrl

      If for no other reason I’d boycott because of his terrible taste. Have you seen his house?

    • Friday’s_cat

      Local pizza shop makes an offer you can’t refuse, eat or sleep with the fishes.

      • Snarkaholic

        Only if you try to ‘dine and dash.’

    • Gerard

      Domino’s founder, Tom Monaghan is a right-wing Catholic who had donated large amounts to pro-life and anti-gay causes around the world. He sold Domino’s 20 years ago to Bain Capital, but you’re right, family pizza places are the best, especially in New York…

      • Matt G, Rochester

        And we all know who Bain was, Mr. Mittens from Utah, formerly Massachusetts.

  • Ham

    That’s so lesbian.

  • anne marie in philly

    ugly mofo, and his “pizza” sucks ass!

  • Henry Auvil

    A split between the NFL and Papa John’s pizza would probably lead the list of things I don’t give a flying fuck about. Carry on.

  • Dale082

    Maybe they can form a partnership with the NRA.

    • xzargo

      Hopefully some gun humpers will choke on it.

  • JT

    It’s shitty pizza anyway.

  • Henry Auvil

    Look for synergy: Playing football and getting brain damage/Eating Papa John’s pizza. Bingo!

  • Finally I can eat their pizza again! LOL

  • Hank

    I do NOT eat ANY pizza, that comes from a chain/franchise!!! I find a place that comes close to NY style pizza as I can. Trust me, outside of the NYC area it is NOT an easy thing to find!!! Here, in FTL, I found a place called Times Square Pizza. It comes close, but not the same.

    • Reality.Bites

      I forget who said that pizza is like sex – even bad pizza is still pretty good.

      With my first dog, raised in Montreal in a pre-chain era, we had to establish the code word “sacred food” to refer to a word it was no long safe to spell in his presence.

      For him the word was the deed, and the knowledge that food was to be delivered put him into ecstatic anticipation. He’d spend several minutes running around, jumping on the beds, racing up and down the stairs in his excitement.

      He also trained himself to understand the phone order. If I was picking up the phone to order food, rather than to call someone, he knew before I’d touched a single key.

      When it comes to food, canine intelligence is at genius levels.

      • Mikey

        oooo, why order chain food when Montréal is overflowing with fantastic restaurants?!?!?!?
        When I was little there was a pizza joint that was on the way to my piano lessons, and my mom would surprise me every other week or so with lunch there. The cheese was real. I’ve never found another restaurant since that could make a pizza like that place.
        Then when I was in CEGEP, there was the “college hangout”: Pendeli’s Pizza.
        But as Montrealers, we so quickly discovered Greek, real Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Mongolian, good Italian, Lebanese, etc… that pizza became one of the last things we were ever interested in.

    • Anti Russian American

      Meh. Dominos is still pretty good.

    • Lars Littlefield

      A much as I dislike Las Vegas, I have to say it’s not hard to find a satellite pizza restaurant that isn’t from Brooklyn, Manhattan, or Chicago — if you’re that much of a snob about what amounts to basically tomato sauce, cheese and bread dough Las Vegas does just as well or better. I prefer to make pizza rather than go to a restaurant. I grow the exact same San Marzano tomatoes in my yard that are grown in Italy, canned and shipped to the USA and used by “the purists.”

      Las vegas is such a strange food town that there is even a a Jewish bakery whose mother ship is in Brooklyn that trucks in a tanker of Brooklyn City tap water each week just to keep the NYC transplants happy with their bagels.

  • margaretpoa

    Jerry Jones is a piece of verminous filth.

  • margaretpoa

    UI stopped buying Pappa John’s pizza when Schnatter came along and threatened to cut employees’ benefits and hours if the ACA passed. Then he had the nerve to write a response that straight up lied about what he said.
    No wonder he and Jerry Jones get along so well. Rats of a feather and all.

  • LovesIrony

    Support your small local pizza joint, they usually have better sauce and service

  • -M-


  • kevin vincent

    My apartment had a thing where They had a guy from Papa Johns (he was really cute) sold pizza in the parking for $5 lot… the pizza was shitty but then again $5

    • Lars Littlefield

      It’s been a while, but we bought a $6 Extra Extra at Little Caeser’s Pizza in Moab, Ut once. It was infinitely better than the Poppa John’s crap. Much better than Pizza hut/shed, Dominoes, etc. And it was covered with real cheese, real tomato sauce, and real pepperoni that wasn’t made from discarded chihuahuas. Go figure.

  • Secure

    The worst pizza.

  • Lars Littlefield

    Do people still eat that crap from Poppa John’s? shudder!

  • Ninja0980

    Given how crappy the food is, it never should have been the official pizza in the first place.

    • Rambie

      It’s an insult to call it pizza

  • Anti Russian American

    Major loss. Fucking AWESOME.

  • TexasBoy

    Weird part is, Papa Johns is further away than 3 other pizza places, but they are the only one that will deliver to my house. They are about 6 miles away. Dominos, Pizza Hut and some local place are all about 3 miles away. It is a safe area, yet the others would rather deliver to the other side of town.Even though it is a 45 house subdivision…something about not being approved on their demographic computer program…county area…outside city limits…blah blah blah.

    • Rambie

      Could be a franchise thing. I know a owner of a few Dominoe’s in Maryland and one of his stores gets calls for area’s outside his boundaries. The Dominoe’s that is in that area won’t deliver there as it’s at the far end of their area. He can’t deliver there as the other one could sue so he has to turn away customers.

      • Matt G, Rochester

        IANAL, but that sounds suspiciously like restraint of trade. But it’s common around here, too.

      • TexasBoy

        Well, that shouldn’t be the problem, as the next nearest town that has those franchises is 15 miles away. We are about 25 miles outside the actual San Antonio metroplex area. Lots of nothing between here and there.

        • Rambie

          Now that is really odd!

    • MBear

      Dude – its not tough to make a freakin pizza. Stop comparing crap to crap and whining no one will deliver a tepid cheesy turd on your doorstep and git some freakin yeast

  • FAEN

    Whatever you have to tell yourself Nazi asshole.

  • Lars Littlefield

    One of my favorite toppings . . .

  • Christopher

    This post is ripe with ridicule.

    Seriously, this guy is a douchebag of the highest order.

    But, you see, I took the day to just drink. So I got nothing.

    Well, maybe this… Oh, and the horse you rode in on “Papa John”.

  • SDG

    Had the opportunity to try one of their pizzas, here in Israel. Garbage. Almost as bad as Domnios, one step below frozen.

  • Kevin Andrews

    Crappy pizza from a Fascist pig who deserves a total boycott from all working Americans. The schmuck is as smarmy as Pharma Bro with less class than dog shit on you shoe.

  • thatotherjean

    Maybe we’ll be lucky and the the problems with Papa John’s will also cause Jerry Jones’ franchises to go broke. As a Washington Redskins fan, I am contractually obligated to hate the Dallas Cowboys. But I probably would anyhow.

  • RainbowPhoenix

    No big loss for the NFL.

  • MBear

    Really people: make your own.

    And fk schnatter in the ear with a tow truck. Same for the cowboys. Except the cute ones…send them here

    • Bryan

      Even Round Table? They’re usually decent….. I say that only because they’re one of the only franchises that has a creamy garlic/white sauce. Papa John’s has ripped me off more than once when I was at UCSD and tried to order one – they bring me a tomato sauce with some little cups of white sauce and claimed “oh that’s what we thought you meant” – learned if I ‘had’ to order to only order it without sauce, basically cheesebread. And only if I was desperate because those abominations they’d bring me didn’t even qualify as cheesebread let alone a pizza. Their breadsticks are….okay, I kinda liked ’em but seriously, it’s gotta be one of the nastiest brands out there. I’d rather eat painted cardboard.

      • MBear


  • CharlestonDave

    Papa John’s stock (ticker symbol PZZA) is down more than 7.5% in after-hours trading. Down roughly 30% in last year, with a bad earnings miss in 4Q 2017. Schnatter stepped down from CEO on Jan 1. They could be a takeover target with the stock drop. Same-store sales are down about 4%, while rivals (Domino’s and Pizza Hut) are up. The PE multiple for Papa John’s is down to 18.5 while it’s 24 for Domino’s. Investors are punishing Papa John’s for poor sales performance. Schnatter owns 27% of outstanding shares of PZZA.

    Poor John will have to sit in his 40,000 sqft mansion and sulk.

  • Judas Peckerwood

    Most of the world agrees that Papa John’s “pizza” isn’t pizza and that American “football” isn’t football.

  • e jerry powell

    Does the NFL really need an official pizza?

    Also, Jerry Jones can go kick $2 million worth of rocks.

  • killreligion

    I know I’m a broken record but…. if Americans didn’t buy this crap we wouldn’t have to listen to the owners crow about their beliefs. Mediocre people make crappy products and get rich without having to really create value because Americans are lazy, so we hear mediocre people in the public sphere.

    I saw a lady grab 4 bags of frozen fried potatoes at the store recently. Her cart was all prepared food. I can whip up crispy roasted potatoes for 1/10th the cost in the same time she heats up those saturated fat laden crap food things to kill her inbred kids. It’s abuse to raise kids like that and she’s creating market share for food companies to sell more cheap high margin crap into.

    We buy so stupidly-this “pizza” craze-imagine if we only bought actual pizza. Like in Italy every corner would have quality low cost pizza ready for us. Or if we made our own

    Imagine if we refused expensive tv content, didn’t buy the expensive gas because marketing, refused frozen prepared food, never ate at chains that sell us microwave canned food, didn’t go on those trashy cruises with thousands of cheap people, imagine having companies compete for the spend of thoughtful discerning people???

    We have this crap because people buy it

  • Joe Smith

    Did Laura Ingraham ever tell him to “just shut up and make pizza”?

  • Dunkerblinker

    Nasty pizza anyway!!

  • teedofftaxpayer

    He’ll advertise in the extreme “red” states. He’s done everywhere else.