Sports | November 3, 2017 11:31 am

CEO: Pizza Hut Sales Not Affected By NFL Protests

Pizza Hut bites back at Papa John's, saying its sales have not been hurt by player protests.

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With a swirling controversy surrounds Papa John’s after CEO John Schnatter blamed NFL player protests for declining revenue, other pizza companies have been asked to weigh in.

Count Pizza Hut among the companies that believe it has not been affected by the protests. Yum! Brands CEO John Creed made it clear that Pizza Hut has not been impacted by the protests despite being a sponsor of the NFL.

“We’re not seeing impact on any of that on our business,” Creed told Business Insider about Pizza Hut.

Creed also said the partnership with the NFL has been beneficial, as the company grew by 1 percent despite a projected downturn. The comments came in response to Schnatter’s statement that his company has seen declining growth due to the protests.

“The NFL has hurt us,” Schnatter said. “We are disappointed the NFL and its leadership did not resolve this.”

Papa John’s is the official sponsor of the NFL, and perhaps its most recognizable one. Former quarterback Peyton Manning and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones both have stakes in Papa John’s and have appeared in commercials for the company.

Pizza Hut, on the other hand, maintains a smaller sponsorship with the league.