Louisville Makes Huge Decision About ‘Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium’ Amid John Schnatter Scandal

first_imgLouisville's football players run through the tent onto the field.LOUISVILLE, KY – NOVEMBER 29: The Louisville Cardinals take the field before the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)The Papa John’s scandal has directly impact the University of Louisville, where John Schnatter has been a major booster and until this week, a trustee. Now, the stadium bearing the name of his company will just be Cardinal Stadium.Earlier this week, members of the Cardinals football program, as well as some fans, began to call for Papa John’s to be dropped from the stadium name.That wasn’t as simple as figuring something out with the company, however. The naming deal was done with Schnatter himself. From ABC News:Schnatter remains prominently linked to the school through Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. In a complicated arrangement, the school’s deal is with Schnatter himself, not the Papa John’s brand, and provides that if he leaves the company, Schnatter can rename the building. His current deal with the university runs through 2040.Louisville president Neeli Bendapudi said that the school was looking into the matter. It didn’t take that long.Moments ago, Bendapudi announced that John Schnatter supported the school in taking “Papa John’s” off of Louisville’s football stadium name. It will now just be “Cardinal Stadium.”From 93.9 The Ville’s Mark Ennis, who attended the press conference:UofL President Neeli Bendapudi announces she has renamed the football stadium simply “Cardinal Stadium”. States she also has the support of the board of trustees for the move. pic.twitter.com/zs9nDFo1wx— Mark Ennis (@MarkEnnis) July 13, 2018Bendapudi says she spoke with Schnatter. He apologized. He was contrite and supports the decision to remove the name so as to not be a distraction.— Mark Ennis (@MarkEnnis) July 13, 2018It is unclear whether Louisville can or will look at other sponsorship opportunities for the stadium naming rights.The school is also taking Schnatter’s name from the business school as well.BREAKING: University of Louisville says it has decided to take Papa John’s off its stadium name and take Papa John’s founder John Schnatter’s name off the business school.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 13, 2018Earlier this week, it was revealed that Schnatter had used the n-word in a conference call. After stepping down as company CEO in December, following the outcry from statements he made after national anthem protests by NFL players, he has now stepped down as chairman of the company he founded. He has also resigned from Louisville’s board of trustees.last_img

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