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Papa John’s blames the NFL for declining sales. But is that the whole story?

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Let’s face it, Papa John’s serves a subpar pizza, but they’re not the only ones. Their pizza is on the same level as Domino’s, Pizza Hut, and other cardboard crust and sawdust cheese products. So are their disappointing sales the result of the NFL or a more substantial issue within the company?

Papa John’s disappointed earning $.60 instead of their expected $.61 earnings per share for its 2017 Q3. Q3 does not include much of the results from this year’s NFL season. The bigger picture shows that in the last 12 months Papa John’s shares have fallen 17.35%.  Its direct competitors YUM! Brands and Domino’s have seen the opposite return. Compared to its competitors, Papa John’s has lower margins and is less ambitious in its expansion.

Furthermore, other players, from Uber to BWW, are jumping into the delivery game taking away a historically dominant industry advantage. Many restaurants are changing with the times as Americans are raising their standards in favor of higher quality food. McDonald’s is a well documented case study of a low quality restaurant trying to adjust to the times.

Papa John’s can blame the NFL for its shortcomings, and to many, this comes off as a scapegoat. However, Papa John’s also has a history of crediting its relationship with the NFL for its success.

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Bloomberg: Papa John’s Blames the NFL for Hurting Pizza Sales

“The NFL has hurt us by not resolving the current debacle to the players’ and owners’ satisfaction,” Schnatter, who serves as the pizza chain’s chairman and chief executive officer, said on a conference call. “NFL leadership has hurt Papa John’s shareholders.”

It’s hard to quantify the connection between the NFL and pizza sales, but Papa John’s did post disappointing results in the latest quarter. Its shares fell as much as 13 percent on Wednesday — the most in two years — after same-store sales missed analysts’ estimates. The Louisville, Kentucky-based company also trimmed its revenue and profit forecasts for the year.

Schnatter has appeared frequently in advertisements during NFL games, including alongside star quarterback Peyton Manning, a franchisee of the chain’s restaurants in Colorado. Back in 2014, when Papa John’s posted a nearly 10 percent gain in North American same-store sales, the company credited its close relationship with the NFL and Manning for driving its business in the U.S.

“This should have been nipped in the bud a year and a half ago,” Schnatter said on the call. “Like many sponsors, we’re in touch with the NFL. Once the issue is resolved, we’re optimistic the NFL’s best years are ahead.”

Hotair- Papa Johns: NFL’s Bad Leadership Is Damaging Our Bottom Line

One major NFL sponsor has started to get crusty about the impact of the national-anthem controversy on their business, delivering a piping-hot shot at the league’s big cheese. John Schnatter, familiar to fans as Peyton Manning’s foil in Papa John’s commercials, blamed disappointing third-quarter results on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in an investor call. Shares in the pizza maker fell 13 percent at one point today, and Papa ain’t happy.

It’s a direct hit on Goodell and his leadership team, and it comes at a bad time. The owners are working on a five-year contract extension for the commissioner on the basis of his negotiating prowess in TV contracts and collective bargaining agreements. Jerry Jones is spearheading an effort among owners to stop the extension

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Final Thoughts

Garbage fast food is having a tougher time than in years past. With so many local pizza shops that make a better pie, getting Papa John’s, Domino’s, or Pizza Hut is the wrong choice every time unless you’re feeding the masses of misbehaved screaming children. Football season is only five months of the year. The NFL cannot conceivably be at fault for the other disappointing seven months (using stock price as metric). There are other factors requiring additional articles as to why several chain restaurants are struggling to keep up. In keeping with the times, Papa John’s has continued riding the NFL tide. Yet with ratings down, Papa John’s has fewer people watching their high dollar advertisements. Less effective advertisements means fewer people ordering pizzas (in season).

With the five months of football season, Papa John’s expects its expensive relationship with the NFL to pay dividends. They are smart to see that the NFL is handling the protest situation poorly and weaken ties. The marketing dollars could be used in a more effective avenue. John Schnatter might be pointing fingers at a convenient target, but this target is not innocent.

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These women are not brave

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These women are not brave

Look at all the brave women who chose to take a stand on that stage at the Golden Globes! They were bold, fierce, empowered, and they’re not gonna take it anymore! They spoke of their responsibility to create a different world for young women. They stood with new fervor, big actress tears streaming down their faces, and spoke of correcting the power imbalance and abuse that they just had no idea existed.

Except they did know. They knew it in 1997 when Kathleen Willey came forward about Bill Clinton. The New Yorker knew it in 1997 when Asia Argento told them Harvey Weinstein assaulted her. The LA Times knew in 2013 that Weinstein raped a woman. Playboy knew about Bill Cosby in 1996.

I’m sorry, but standing on a stage to proclaim with fire and fury that you’re not gonna take it anymore decades after the incidents were revealed is not bravery. Bravery would be writing an article in the New York Times about a sitting Democratic president who should be removed from office for abusing women. Real courage would be condemning Roman Polanski in 2003 after he won Best Director; or at least, booing him instead of the standing ovation he received. Bravery is being the first to stand up when nobody else is. Better yet, bravery is being the first to refuse to give up her seat on the bus.

Kathleen Willey was brave. Paula Jones was brave. Juanita Broaddrick was brave. Hollywood and the liberal media diminished and abandoned them, while continuing to support and champion their abuser. There was no soap box drama at the 1998 Golden Globes when the pattern of Clinton’s abuse had become evident. But there wouldn’t be, would there? Not with an election on the line.

Hollywood, you abetted the behavior of a man in power and in doing so enabled the next 20 years of male power abuse to continue. Liberal media, you are responsible for having taught abused women all over the country that it is senseless to fight against a man who takes advantage of his position, because the bigger picture is more important. The ends justify the means. The ends of your ambitions of fame, and the ends of Clinton remaining in power justified the means of your looking the other way. You made this bed of tears, now you must lie in it.

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Hollywood icon Stan Lee accused of groping, harassment of young nurses

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Hollywood icon Stan Lee accused of groping harassment of young nurses

Comic book and Marvel movie fans who adore creator Stan Lee now have to contend with allegations of sexual misconduct from he 95-year-old. Allegedly, Lee has an affinity for the young nurses who take care of him, asking them for oral sex and groping some of them, according to a legal dispute against the icon.

Marvel creator Stan Lee accused of sexual harassment

https://pagesix.com/2018/01/09/marvel-creator-stan-lee-accused-of-sexual-harassment/“He doesn’t seem to care what people think of him, he’s lost his filter,” a source told the tabloid. “There has been a stream of young nurses coming to his house in West Hollywood and he has been sexually harassing them. He finds it funny.”

The source added, “He’s also very handsy and has groped some of the women, it’s unacceptable behavior, especially from an icon like Stan.”

My Take

I may not be a big fan of Marvel movies, but I’ve always liked Lee. From his quirky cameos in all Marvel movies to his brilliant creations that increased exposure for the comic book world and gave birth to the mega-movie franchise, Lee has always been someone I hoped was above the sexual misconduct fray in Hollywood.

If these reports are true, he may be categorized with the worst of them – feeling above the law with no filter or regard for how it affects the women he victimizes. While no accusations have been made of major sexual abuse, his alleged attitude is disturbing.

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Hollywood: Forget our hypocrisy

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Hollywood Forget our hypocrisy

At the Golden Globe, Hollywood took a stand against sexual harassment and gender pay gaps wanting you to forget that they are among the worst offenders in both categories. Natalie Portman thought is necessary to highlight the all male categories for Best Director, thus undermining the winner of the award whoever that was. Many wore black for their new “Times Up” campaign in demand of equal pay. Poverty is apparently sexist. Oprah stole the show teasing a presidential run. And more “activism” against sexual harassment persisted. All the while, for one night, Hollywood pretended that they weren’t the perpetrators of that which they protest against. They want us to solve an industry problem they face because this is the easiest way to deny personal responsibility.

All Male Directors

Natalie Portman felt the need to emphasize the nominees’ genders. This was an immature and cowardly move. It’s not their fault females weren’t nominated. And it’s also not their fault that fewer women are directing movies in Hollywood than men. If Natalie Portman wants to solve this problem instead of shaming people, she should direct a movie herself. She has a reputation. She can win backers. But this sounds like actual work. Instead she would rather undermine the directors who did put in work just because a female director wasn’t chosen to be among them. This also perpetuates the Hollywood mentality that being nominated for something has significant value. In the words of Ricky Bobby, “First or last.” Celebrating being nominated for something is as valid as celebrating a participation trophy.

Natalie Portman could write, direct, and produce her own movie, or at least two of those things. It’s not like women are incapable. To say that women need special encouragement to take more leading roles is ridiculous, especially when Hollywood. Natalie Portman is both lazy and childish. Instead of trying to score with the media, she should take constructive steps to solve the problem.

Time’s Up: Hollywood pay gap

Hollywood has one of the most persistent wage gaps in the US. However there are valid reasons for this. Many of the highest paid actors are true hustlers. How many movies was Dwayne Johnson in? The other thing is the market for talent. It’s the same reason why quarterbacks in the NFL make more than running backs or receivers. Now there have been valid concerns of an unfair wage gap in Hollywood. For instance two equally talented stars should make about the same amount of money if they have the same level of reputation. For instance, I wouldn’t deny sexism if Lena Headley on Game of Throne was making less than Kit Harrington. But the fault is Hollywood’s, not ours. Normal people have nothing to do with Hollywood wage differences in movies where male and female actors of equal reputation make a different wage. Hollywood needs to take the tree out of its own eye before demanding legislation that already exists. Or perhaps butthurt over economics drives the Time’s Up movement.

Poverty Is Sexist

I don’t think I need to explain this one a whole lot.

And for the record, it’s ugly.

Me Too

Terry Crews remains one of the most believable voices to come out since Me Too. Why? Because he’s actually interested in solving the issue and is headed to court. He wants to resolve the problem. Many other voices just want to be heard which is why normal people think they just want attention. Also, normal people also don’t sympathize with people who used sex to get movie roles. But again we, normal males, are the problem. To us it seems like Hollywood is trying to cover up for the bad PR Harvey Weinstein brought. But lets not forget the infamous photo of Oprah kissing Harvey and the standing ovations for Roman Polanski. And Woody Allen wasn’t booted from the industry either. James Franco is still in the business too.Hollywood perpetuates their hypocrisy by protecting their own until it’s too late. They all knew what Weinstein was and did little. I suppose being strong is easier on screen than when it really matters.

The other hypocrisy is the condemnation of men not joining the women in the MeToo speeches. Damned if they do, damned if they don’t. This is what I call a PC pretzel. If men don’t speak about a topic, they are contributing to the problem and warrant condemnation. If they do speak about something, they are “mansplaining” and warrant condemnation. There is no winning in a PC world.

Takeaway

Hollywood can expect to lose relevance as they become more focused on activism. The American people see right through their sad facade. We are tired of their insistence that we are responsible for their industry, their culture. We are tired of hypocrites who buy a $380 sweatshirt to preach on poverty, and we are tired of people who enabled sexual misconduct telling us that we are the problem. The last couple of months weren’t some Bill Cosby cocktail party. We still remember that pedophiles and sleezebags roam Hollywood and go unchallenged by those who know. We won’t forget so easily.

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