What's Lincoln Thinkin' - Papa puts politics in his pizza
Turns out better ingredients, isn't enough.
The chairman of Papa John's - the guy you see on all of those commercials - is blaming the NFL for a huge dip in profit over the past few months.
But it might be time for someone to deal Papa a slice of humility.
The net worth of John Schnatter, founder and CEO of pizza chain Papa John's, fell $70 million in less than 24 hours after the company released its third-quarter financial report.
On a conference call Tuesday Schnatter blamed the NFL for not resolving its national anthem kneeling controversy, as the reason why deliveries are down.
Papa John's is the league's official pizza sponsor.
NFL viewership is down about 6 percent from last year and there are studies that suggest it is because of the disagreement over the protesting players.
But that's a lot of money to blame on just one reason. Here are a few others:
Bad delivery guys.
Veganism is up 500 percent
Your biggest spokesman doesn't play football anymore. (Peyton Manning)
You don't pay your employees enough. (Papa John's was sued by underpaid delivery drivers in 2015.)
A frozen pizza tastes just as good.
Your gluten free option is made from 3 thousand year old ingredients. (They call it "ancient grains")
And you know what? Pizza Hut and Domino's are seeing declines too.
Papa has been public about his conservative beliefs, but he should keep his politics out of his pizza.
I thought it was about better ingredients? Because sour grapes are a terrible topping.