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Six MLB teams have now suspended relationships with Papa John's in the wake of founder John Schnatter's admission of using the N-word during a conference call.

In a press release late Wednesday night, Papa John's announced John's resignation, and said a new Chairman of the Board will be appointed in the coming weeks.

Former UofL athletics director Tom Jurich and John Schnatter posed at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in 2010. "Mr. Schnatter's derogatory and insensitive comments are not at all reflective of the values of our organization".

Schnatter has resigned as chairman of the board at Papa John's and as a trustee at the University of Louisville, where the school also has a contract to call the football stadium Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

I have stated since my first day on this job that my commitment to the University of Louisville is to make it a great place to learn, a great place to work, and a great place in which to invest. "We feel confident that the local franchisees and their employees share the Astros commitment to diversity and inclusiveness". The brightest days for this university are still ahead.

While the stadium bore the name of the pizza company, the naming rights deal was with Schnatter himself instead of the company. In exchange, the company had a naming-rights agreement with the school that extended through December 31, 2040.

Bendapudi said at a Friday news conference that the school hasn't yet worked out financial details for changing the stadium's name, ESPN reported.

"Effective today, AMB Sports & Entertainment has indefinitely suspended its affiliation with Papa John's". Fans received discounts on pizza orders when the teams achieved certain pre-set goals during games.

Bendapudi said she is trying to differentiate between Schnatter and his company, noting multiple times how many people who work at Papa John's and how cutting ties completely could impact them. The training call was in regards to his comments on the National Football League's leadership over the national anthem protests by players. The most heavily aired national TV commercial this year, according to iSpot, "It Starts with Our Ingredients", only has a glimpse of Schnatter's image-difficult to spot-on an apron someone wears. The marketing agency proceeded to drop Papa John's as a client, even at significant financial cost, according to Forbes.

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