• Papa John's sales during NFL games have reportedly fallen since Trump slammed players for national anthem protests.
  • The pizza chain and other top sponsors have brought up concerns with the NFL.
  • Papa John's relies on its "exceptional" partnership with the NFL for sales, as viewers buy pizza to eat at home.

The NFL protests might be hurting Papa John's pizza sales.

Papa John's in-game pizza sales have fallen since President Donald Trump encouraged people to boycott the NFL in late September, sources told the Sports Business Journal.

NFL spokespersonconfirmed to Sports Business Journal that Papa John's had expressed concerns with the league. Further, Lockhart said that other top sponsors have expressed similar concerns as the NFL's TV ratings slump and political battles play out in the league.

This season, many players have knelt during the national anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality.

Trump tweeted in late September that players kneeling are "