Pizza Hut President on NFL: We're About Pizza Not Politics

Pizza Hut, a division of Yum! Brands, is now official pizza sponsor of the NFL, a title once held by Papa John's.
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Pizza Hut, a division of Yum! Brands (YUM) - Get Report , is now official pizza sponsor of the NFL, a title once held by Papa John's (PZZA) - Get Report .

The move comes as Nike (NKE) - Get Report features NFL player Colin Kaepernick in a new ad campaign. Kaepernick sparked controversy after kneeling during the National Anthem at a game in 2016.

But Pizza Hut president Artie Starrs said the company is about pizza not politics. "We think families want to celebrate football and pizza together," Starrs said.

Pizza Hut same-store sales fell 1% year-over-year for its most recent quarter.