Louisville evaluating Papa John’s stadium name

Louisville evaluating Papa John’s stadium name

The promotion allowed baseball fans to get 40 percent off their order at Papa John's the day after any player hit a grand slam by using an online coupon code. Papa John's did not immediately respond to whether the company would keep using it.

On Wednesday, Schnatter apologized for using the racial slur during a media relations training call.

Now that he's not the chairman of the board of the company he founded, Schnatter's face is disappearing from all of Papa John's marketing materials. The sourced told the AP they were "not aware" of plans to change the brand's name.

The situation illustrates the difficulty when companies are closely tied to a single person, and that Papa John's may need to publicly distance itself further from Schnatter after dealing with backlashes brought about by his comments.

Schnatter had previously resigned from the university's board of trustees.

Schnatter remains on the board and is still the company's largest shareholder with almost 30 per cent of the stock.

Papa John's founder and former CEO John Schnatter resigned as chairman of the pizza chain's board last night following reports he used the N-word in a conference call this May.

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Louisville president Neeli Bendapudi announced Friday the school will strip the Papa John's name from its football stadium, renaming it Cardinal Stadium.

"Mr. Schnatter's derogatory and insensitive comments are not at all reflective of the values of our organization", the Marlins said in their statement.

Schnatter acknowledged the report was true Wednesday and issued an apology.

"The name may be salvageable with some sort of "new generation taking over" messages, but we don't really know", said Cathy Dunkin, a lecturer in management at Washington University in St. Louis' Olin Business School. 'Regardless of the context, I apologize, ' the statement said. At the time, Papa John's was the official pizza sponsor of the NFL.

Keith Hollingsworth, a professor with Morehouse College's business department, said keeping Schnatter in the marketing and advertising would signal to people that the company does not have a problem with his comments, or that it doesn't think they are a big deal.

While on a call with a marketing agency, John defended his comments about the National Football League, saying KFC didn't face backlash when "Colonel Sanders called blacks n--s", Forbes reported.

Papa John's International Inc. began operations in 1984 and had more than 5,200 locations globally.

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