The Chicago Sun-Times has a story about how the Papa John’s pizza chain is being “burned by other pizza companies” after it complained last week that “the NFL’s leadership and how its handling the anthem protests was hurting his business,” causing a lack of sales growth; the company says that it is re-evaluating its NFL sponsorship in view of declining ratings.

However, both Pizza Hut - which also sponsors NFL games - and DiGiorno have said that their sales are just fine, with the latter tweeting at one point, “Better Pizza. Better Sales.”

KC's View: I’m sure that Papa John’s would rather blame NFL players than their own pizza. Lot easier that way.