NFL ends marketing deal with Papa John’s, taps Pizza Hut to kick off 2018 Draft
The NFL has reached a multiyear marketing deal with one of the world’s biggest restaurant chain, Pizza Hut. This came after the league had a falling out with it’s former marketing partner Papa John’s.
On Wednesday, just a day after the NFL and Papa John’s publicly announced that they have mutually agreed to end their marketing agreement, the league opted to partner with a another pizza giant — starting April 2018.
This means that Pizza Hut, which is owned by Yum Brands Inc., will officially join the launching of the 2018 NFL Draft in Arlington, Texas, a stonesthrow away from the pizza chain’s headquarters in Plano.
To recall, the NFL and Louisville-based Papa John’s have a falling out after the pizza maker’s founder John Schnatter criticized the league on protest by players over the national anthem.
Despite this, Papa John’s said that marketing deals with 22 of the 32 teams in the NFL will continue.