Louisville takes Papa John’s off foot­ball sta­dium name

Tampa Bay Times - - Morning Briefing -

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.

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