The NFL will be looking for a new sponsor for the 2018 season. The sponsorship between the NFL and Papa John's has run its course, according to Darren Rovell.
Papa John's CEO John Schnatter called out the NFL's "leadership" in early November 2017 after earnings declined. Schnatter received heat for his comments about national anthem protests during the 2017 NFL season.
Here's the statement from the NFL and Papa John's.
NFL ratings were down for the 2017 season, with many citing protests during the national anthem as the cause for a drop in viewership this season. The falling numbers finally resulted in a public comment from one of the NFL's biggest sponsors: Papa John's.
Schnatter left on Jan. 1 as CEO in part because of his comments that players not standing for Anthem hurt sales. According to Rovell, Papa John's sales were down 3.9% in Oct. thru Dec. compared to year before, following Schnatter's comments.
It looks like we'll need to find a new official pizza of the NFL.