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Sponsor complains over NFL anthem controversy

LOS ANGELES: A leading sponsor of the National Football League attacked commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday for his handling of the national anthem controversy. John Schnatter, the founder and chief executive of the Papa John's pizza chain, told a conference call he believed the furore over protests during the anthem had hurt sales of his pizzas. "The NFL has hurt us," said Schnatter. "We are disappointed the NFL and its leadership did not resolve this." The NFL has been embroiled in controversy this season…

Chinese sponsor demands changes to ‘Transformers 4’ film

BEIJING: A Chinese investment firm has demanded that Paramount Pictures remove scenes from the upcoming action film "Transformers: Age of Extinction" because it believes the movie studio did not meet the obligations of a sponsorship deal between the two companies. Beijing Pangushi Investment Co. Ltd., in a statement dated June 18, said it terminated its contract with Paramount, a unit of Viacom Inc, and that any images featuring the company's building should be deleted from the film or its marketing materials. The movie,…