Pizza Hut: NFL protests aren't affecting our sales

Pizza Hut: NFL protests aren't affecting our sales

"Once the issue is resolved, we're optimistic the NFL's best years are ahead".

The NFL has been embroiled in controversy this season following a widespread protest by players last month during the national anthem following criticism by President Donald Trump.

During the conference call, Papa claimed, "The NFL has hurt us by not resolving the current debacle to the players' and owners' satisfaction".

The pizza industry is joining together in solidarity to roast Papa John's.

While Papa John's was quick to blame the National Football League for lackluster sales at its pizza restaurants during the third quarter, Pizza Hut is singing a different tune. "Leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership", Schnatter said.

DiGiorno Pizza then followed up that tweet with a response that specifically called out Papa John's - and implied the chain's pizza tastes like "dog s--".

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Papa John's declined to make Schnatter available for an interview.

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The company did not specify the direct impact of the NFL controversy on its latest sales, but says it is shifting money away from league marketing.

National Football League television ratings have declined 7.5 percent through the first six weeks of the season for multiple reasons, including the hurricanes and uneventful gameplay as well as controversy over player protests, according to an analysis of Papa John's last week by the financial services firm BTIG. And so the controversy is polarizing the customer, polarizing the country, and that's the big difference here.

"We're not seeing impact on any of that on our business", said Greg Creed, chief executive of Yum Brands. And KFC, which like Pizza Hut is owned by Yum Brands, hopes to double delivery sales at the fried chicken chain to $2 billion by 2020. The prompt for the criticism: constraint on pizza demand that held the company's sales growth to 1% at North American locations open at least a year, versus the 1.4% expected by Wall Street.

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