Papa Johns Estimates 75,000 Pizzas Sold in Ohio For 23-Cent Promotion

Papa John's estimates that they sold an estimated 75,000 pizzas on Thursday in Ohio during a promotion that offered pizza lovers the chance to snag a pie for just 23-cents. More than 80 Papa John's locations in Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown, Toledo, and Columbus took park in the one-day special.

The promotion netted more than $17,500, with all proceeds going to the LeBron James Family Foundation. Papa Johns also donated an additional $10,000 to James' foundation, as well as another $10,000 to the Cavaliers Youth Fund.

Paja Johns offered the promotion to Ohioans after backing the wrong team in the playoffs, and giving away t-shirts making fun of "cry baby" LeBron James. After numerous complaints, Papa Johns decided on a 23-center special, taking inspiration from LeBron's #23.

Obviously more than just Cavs fans showed up for the special deal, and throughout the day there were reports of long lines, traffic problems, and complaints about long waits.

In a press release issued by the company, Tim North, a division vice president, said: "We salute Cleveland fans for coming out in incredible numbers. Papa John's employees across Northeast Ohio worked incredibly hard (Thursday) to keep up with orders and to show how committed we are to Cleveland, the Cavaliers and LeBron James."


Pizzas are not pies. Anyone referring to pizza as a "pie", including this author, should be punched square in the nose. It could be the most annoying expression known to mankind.

That's a bit harsh. My mom called pizza "pie" - maybe it's a northern New Jersey-ism?

Pizza is most definitely a type of pie. It's round, baked, with a crust...I worked at two pizza shops in high school with Italian owners and they always referred to them as pies.

Definition of a pie according to
dish baked in pastry-lined pan often with a pastry top

I would say that pizza is a topless pie :)