The NFL expects to meet with representatives of its players again early next week and expects that the players will invite Colin Kaepernick to that meeting, a league spokesman said Wednesday.
Joe Lockhart, the NFL’s executive vice president of communications and public affairs, said in a conference call with reporters he does not know whether Kaepernick plans to attend the meeting.
I expect he will Harold Carmichael Womens Jersey be invited to this meeting, Lockhart said. We look forward to him joining the conversation.
While it may be a stretch to directly link lagging pizza sales to the protests, there is little doubt the company has been hurt by a decline in NFL television ratings, analysts say.
NFL ratings have declined 7.5 percent through the first six weeks of the season for multiple reasons, including the hurricanes and uneventful game play as well as controversy over player protests, according to an analysis of Papa John’s last week by the financial services firm BTIG. The ratings decline follows an 8 percent drop last year, generally attributed to the presidential election, and BTIG has lowered its sales forecast for Papa John’s for the second half of the year.
This year, the ratings have gone backwards because of the controversy, Schnatter said. The controversy is polarizing the customer, polarizing the country.
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It’s worth noting, however, that the pizza chain also missed its revenue growth target in the second quarter. And the wave of NFL protests set off by Trump did not begin until Sept. 23, in the final days of the third quarter results that were discussed in the earnings call.
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Back in the NFL archives is Bart Starr’s quarterback sneak with 16 seconds left to win the 1967 NFL title for Green Bay over Dallas in the Ice Bowl. And the Johnny Unitas-led Colts’ 1958 title win in overtime over the Giants that many refer to as the NFL’s Greatest Game.