The NFL announced a multiyear marketing deal with Pizza Hut on Wednesday, one day after the league and Papa John’s said they mutually agreed to cut ties. The deal, which starts with the 2018 draft, gives the chain exclusive deals with the NFL’s teams. “With a focus on family, friends and fun, Pizza Hut has the creativity we are looking for in a partner and we look forward to working together with them to make the at-home NFL experience more exciting than ever for our fans.” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. Papa John’s has been the league’s official sponsor since 2010. Its founder, John Schnatter, had blamed the company’s slumping sales on protests by NFL players, who knelt during the national anthem. Ousted as CEO in January, Schnatter remains on Papa John’s board of directors.
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