Louisville takes Papa John’s off football stadium name
Louisville will change the name of its football stadium from Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium to Cardinal Stadium in the wake of company founder and board chairman John Schnatter admitting he used a racial slur during a media training exercise in May.
Louisville President Neeli Bendapudi said the school would rename the stadium, which has had the pizza chain’s name attached to it for years, effective immediately.
Schnatter resigned from the school’s Board of Trustees and the board of his company Wednesday after Forbes published a report that he had used the slur during a conference call. Schnatter acknowledged the report was true and apologized.
Schnatter donated $14 million personally to help fund the 20-year-old stadium’s construction and subsequent expansion, and the Papa John’s company added $6 million, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported. The naming rights rest with Schnatter himself, not the company, according to his contract with the university, and those rights run through 2041. COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF: Agreements with the Cotton Bowl Classic, Fiesta Bowl and Peach Bowl to hold playoff and nonplayoff games have been extended six years, through 2026. The Orange, Rose and Sugar bowls were previously announced as semifinals hosts on a rotating basis through 2026. BASKETBALL: Duke AD Kevin White will serve as the chairman of the NCAA Tournament selection committee in 2020. White, a committee member since 201516, will serve as vice chairman this season. He is the father of Florida coach Mike White and UCF AD Danny White.