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Falcons, Atlanta United drop affiliation with Papa John's

14 July 2018

Hours before resigning as chairman of the company he founded, Schnatter also stepped down from the board of trustees of the University of Louisville, whose football stadium is named Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

Schnatter's face was off some materials by Friday, though the pizza chain said there are no plans to change its name.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles are suspending Papa John's grand slam promotion, as well as another promotion offering discounts when the team scored five runs or more.

- Papa John's pizza will no longer be sold at Target Field as the Minnesota Twins have cut ties with the company, according to Minnesota Twins officials. But Russell Lemken, an assistant professor in the ECU Department of Marketing says Papa Johns will have to change much of their advertising and packaging, which uses Schnatter's picture. All of these teams, and Major League Baseball itself, suspended relationships with Papa John's after Schnatter's ouster as chairman.

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The naming right to the stadium is part of a deal that the school has with Schnatter himself, and not with the pizza chain.

University of Louisville President Neeli Bendapudi announced Friday afternoon that the Papa John's name will be wiped off Cardinal Stadium.

Schnatter had used the slur during a media training exercise in May, Forbes reported this week. The Kansas City Royals also stepped away from Papa John's, as did the Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays. "These comments were hurtful and unacceptable, and they do not reflect the values of our university". But attempting to continue any financial relationship with Mr. Schnatter would be a painful and unnecessary barrier to our efforts of building a community where everyone is welcome and belongs. "While we have enjoyed a positive relationship with the local franchisee and staff, we will be evaluating the overall relationship between Papa John's and our sports properties over the coming weeks". He said the comment was taken out of context but that he nevertheless felt "sick" about the incident. "Better Pizza. Papa John's" tagline in that spot.

Schnatter's name will also be removed from the Center for Free Enterprise at the UofL business school.

Falcons, Atlanta United drop affiliation with Papa John's