April 2, 2013:
PRESCOTT LOVERN and R&L ASSOCIATES LAW (R&L) is of the opinion that Papa John’s Pizza [corporate] is running a deceptive and unfair television ad promotion called ’HOOPS.” The promotion began March 20, 2013, with a national television commercial featuring Papa John’s Founder, John Schnatter, with John Calipari, head coach of the defending national champion Kentucky Wildcats, and veteran sportscaster, Jim Nantz. Calipari & Nantz are not being implicated in any wrongdoing according to R&L. According to published information the ad / promotion will run through April 8, 2013.
Papa John’s is the official pizza sponsor of the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA was informed about the alleged illegal ad but did nothing to stop it.
The ad was created by Zimmerman & Partners, which is owned by Omnicom Group. When contacted by R&L, Zimmerman & Omnicorp did nothing to stop the ad from airing, nor did the NCAA, CBS, Viacom, Turner Broadcasting or National Amusement who owns controlling interest in CBS and Viacom.
R&L is preparing litigation against Papa John’s, certain of their executives & lawyers; CBS, Viacom, National Amusement; Turner Broadcasting / Time Warner, Zimmerman, Omnicorp; and, specific individuals.
The old saying “for the love of money is the root of all evil,” is alive and well.