Two of Five Finalists Announced as Registration Continues via
Papajohns.com and on Papa John's Facebook Page; Winner to Receive Trip
to 2011 NFL Draft
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Fantasy Football owners enter Week 10 of the NFL season with emotions
ranging from manic to panic, many trying to answer the question: what
moves will help me make the playoffs? Papa John's announced a move of
its own today, "acquiring" six-time NFL All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates
as the official spokesperson for its "Fantasy to Reality" contest, which
so far has surfaced two of five finalists who will compete for bragging
rights as the fantasy football league that's "better than the rest," and
a trip to the 2011 NFL Draft in New York City.
As the competition heats up to fill the three remaining finalists spots,
Gates, one of the NFL's and fantasy football's perennial best
performers, encouraged fantasy footballers to visit www.papajohns.com
or Papa John's Facebook page to participate.
"Most fantasy football team owners I meet think their league is the
best, and now they have a chance to prove it," Gates said. "Roster
management — drop/adds, waiver wire transactions and trades — is
especially important — and stressful — at this point of the season. Papa
John's search for the fantasy football league that's better than the
rest is a fun competition to take the edge off, and provides even owners
who are in the basement a chance to have a fantasy win."
Today, two fantasy leagues are one step closer to reality and the 2011
NFL Draft. Brent Johnson of Atlanta, Ga. and his league "Excessive
Celebration" along with Hunt Meacham of Charlotte, N.C. and his league
"The Dude Abides," received the nod as contenders for the title of the
fantasy football league that's "better than the rest." Over the next few
weeks, three additional leagues will be announced as finalists as
registration continues in Papa John's Fantasy to Reality contest.
Gates is applying his knowledge of the game and fantasy football to the
contest, collaborating to develop exchangeable badges that will bring
fantasy football competitive banter to Facebook. Gate's six pack of
badges — "Better Smack Talk," "Over-Thinker Stinker," "Waiver Wire
Wonder," "Whiner of the Week," "Monday Night Miracle," and "All the
Right Moves" — will be available at Papa John's Facebook page beginning
The Official Pizza Sponsor of the NFL, Papa John's search for the
fantasy football league that's better than the rest is considering a mix
of fun and serious ingredients that go into forming and sustaining a
great league, such as: year established, original owners still
participating, location of draft party, food served at league events,
league name, quality of trophy, scoring system, and more.
Fantasy footballers can continue to register for the contest by filling
out a short questionnaire at www.papajohns.com
or at Papa John's Facebook page. Three additional finalists, for a total
of five, will be announced in coming weeks at papajohns.com and Papa
John's Facebook page. From December 1 through 12, an expert panel led by
Gates will review each of the finalists while America casts its vote at
Papa John's Facebook page. The winner will be announced the week of
December 13, just in time for fantasy football playoffs.
"Antonio certainly provides an All-Pro enhancement to our search for the
fantasy football league that's better than the rest, and we're thrilled
to have him on our team, said Andrew Varga, Papa John's chief marketing
officer. "With Antonio tied for the NFL lead in touchdown catches, I
just wish I had him on one of my fantasy football teams."
Papa John's is in the first year of a multi-year sponsorship with the
NFL and is also the Official Pizza of the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta
Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Indianapolis
Colts, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, New York Jets, Philadelphia
Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans and
Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Papa John's International, Inc.
(NASDAQ: PZZA) is the world's third largest pizza company. For 10 of the
past 11 years, consumers have rated Papa John's No. 1 in customer
satisfaction among all national pizza chains in the American Customer
Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Papa John's also was honored by Restaurants &
Institutions Magazine (R&I) with the 2009 Gold Award for Consumers'
Choice in Chains in the pizza segment. Papa John's is the Official Pizza
Sponsor of the National Football League and Super Bowl XLV, XLVI and
XLVII. For more information about the company or to order pizza online,
visit Papa John's at www.papajohns.com.
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the teams indicated. All other NFL-related trademarks are trademarks of
the National Football League.
Papa John's International, Inc.
Tish Muldoon, Senior Director,
Source: Papa John's International, Inc.
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