Papa John’s is ending its sponsorship of the NFL. The pizza chain did not mention player protests of the national anthem, which former CEO John Schnatter blamed for falling sales last fall, in its statement on the decision (CNN). The chain’s stock fell on the announcement (Fortune). Update: The NFL quickly moved to replace Papa John's with Pizza Hut (CNBC).
Papa John's stock lost one-third of its value since last June, which founder and former CEO John Schnatter blamed on NFL protests. Meanwhile, Pizza Hut's parent company stock, Yum!, grew 8% during the same time period. Now Pizza Hut is the new official pizza of the NFL. pic.twitter.com/yzD43cD28c— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) February 28, 2018
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White House Communications Director Hope Hicks acknowledged in congressional testimony on Tuesday that she occasionally tells white lies on President Donald Trump’s behalf (NYT). Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee complained Hicks didn’t answer important questions about the Russia investigation (USA Today).