U of Louisville stadium removes Papa John's name

Hope Soto
July 14, 2018

Schnatter has always been the face of the pizza brand, and the company has acknowledged in regulatory filings its business could be harmed if Schnatter's reputation was damaged.

In the wake of the resignation of Papa John's Pizza founder John Schnatter after he used a racial slur during a conference call, the Orioles have suspended their "Five Runs or More" online promotion with the company. The training call was in regards to his comments on the National Football League's leadership over the national anthem protests by players.

Schnatter, who has naming rights of the stadium until 2040, supported her decision to remove his name from the stadium, Bendapudi said.

In a complicated arrangement, the school's deal is with Schnatter himself, not the Papa John's brand, and provides that if he leaves the company, Schnatter can rename the building.

Schnatter has always been the face of the brand, and Papa John's has acknowledged in regulatory filings that its business could be hurt if Schnatter's reputation was damaged.

Pizza-craving baseball fans have other - and, frankly, better - options at Target Field, including Pizza Lucé (Section 234), by-the-slice Freschetta (Sections 122 and 318), and stone-oven personals (Carew Atrium).

Many of Papa John's recent ads have not featured Schnatter.

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It's always fun here when John Schnatter is in the news for embarrassing reasons, because it generally means having a laugh at the "food" that Papa John's calls "pizza" and sells all over America, including with the help of former franchisee Peyton Manning, who got out when the getting out was good.

Companies can leverage great personal stories to connect with customers, said Keith Hollingsworth, a professor at Morehouse College's business department. Earlier in the week, the school said Schnatter resigned from its board of trustees.

Schnatter, Founder, Chairman & CEO of Papa John's International, Inc. rings the NASDAQ Opening Bell at NASDAQ MarketSite on January 31, 2014 in New York City.

"Papa John's is not an individual". But, "I said it, and it's wrong", he said.

Schnatter had used the slur during a media training exercise in May, Forbes reported this week. Schnatter subsequently issued a statement acknowledging the use of "inappropriate and hurtful" language. He is also the company's biggest shareholder, with 30 percent of the stock.

The Minnesota Twins have "indefinitely suspended" sales of Papa John's pizza from their activation at Target Field, according to a team spokesman.

The company can not afford to alienate customers, with sales already under pressure from rivals such as Domino's.

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