Archive for Saturday, October 17, 2009

Business, not politics, cost Limbaugh

October 17, 2009


Rush Limbaugh finally met something more conservative than himself: the NFL.

That, more than any other reason, is why Limbaugh was kicked to the curb as a potential owner of the St Louis Rams.

Oh, he may claim it’s a left-wing conspiracy (doesn’t he always?), but the club he was trying to enter could teach the Republican Party a thing or two about conservative. Remember, this is a league that fines players for having their jerseys untucked.

Limbaugh’s mistakes began with his mouth. He told his large radio audience about his interest in the Rams and lashed out at his critics. That, apparently, was not what Dave Checketts had in mind. Checketts, who owns the St. Louis Blues, was leading the group trying to buy the Rams.

“Rush was to be a limited partner,” Checketts said in a statement, “as such, he would have had no say in the direction of the club or in any decisions regarding personnel or operations.”

In other words, write your check and shut up. The NFL has never cared for loudmouths — especially when they don’t have the fattest wallet. Limbaugh was, near as I can tell, a guy with some cash who wanted in. I’m sure Checketts was happy to have his money, but he also knows it’s not hard to find another bank account with a lower profile.

“It has become clear that his involvement in our group has become a complication and a distraction to our intentions,” Checketts said.

Out he goes. Bum-Rushed.

To think this was about anything else is to play into Limbaugh’s limited and manipulative view of the world. He draws a line down the middle, then points fingers at the other side. Predictably, on his radio program Wednesday, he tried to label the mess as “about the ongoing effort by the left in this country ... to destroy conservatism.” On Thursday he said, “So Obama’s America is quite possibly going to include the National Football League.”

Are you kidding me? Have you ever been to an NFL owners meeting? It ain’t exactly a Grateful Dead concert. These are some of the most conservative folks you’ll ever meet. They are about business, capitalism, tax breaks, patriotism, and I would bet you they voted more red state than blue.

But mostly what they are about is money — something Limbaugh should understand. He was only invited in because he has it. And he was kicked out because he might have cost it.

Checketts wants to own a team, not win an election, and bad press means diminished chances. Limbaugh is out not because of criticism from the left, but because he couldn’t keep silent about it.

“This is not about me,” he declared on his show.

Come on. It’s only about him.

The NFL is about money, big money, every Sunday. Its owners, from William Clay Ford to Ralph Wilson, mostly let their players and coaches do the talking. Even Dallas’ Jerry Jones, who sticks his face everywhere, mostly talks football. And does Jerry strike you as the flaming liberal?

Limbaugh wants you to believe he has been attacked, but he is flailing at ghosts. Had he kept his wallet open and his mouth closed, he might still be all he was ever going to be — a minority partner who got free seats and a financial statement.

Instead, he’s out, with nothing but a mountain of material for his radio show. Who knows? Maybe that’s what he wanted all along.


Sunny Parker 8 years, 6 months ago

Rush is very passionate about his football.

I can understand why all of you haters hate Rush. He is very wealthy and most Liberals hate people who have more than they do!

rbwaa 8 years, 6 months ago

"I can understand why all of you haters hate Rush. He is very wealthy and most Liberals hate people who have more than they do!"

we don't hate them we just want their money.... :>}

BigPrune 8 years, 6 months ago

NFL Owners Who Use The "N-Word" and Wet Their Pants On Stage Qualified and Own NFL Teams

Why the double standard especially when applied to a fictitious statement made by Rush?

bondmen 8 years, 6 months ago

Are you kidding? Rush Limbaugh knew the racists in the NFL whether owners, players or journalists, would expose themselves as politically correct Marxists and quash his proposed minority ownership share even if it required quoting unsourced quotes. The NFL investment would be a loser since the jig is up in their greater fool money game. Ticket prices and costs are too high, NFL owners' debt is skyrocketing, viewers can access the best seat in the house at home by watching the best two teams playing. It's over for them. Players will be taking less pay, owners less profit and fans out of work or financially strained will be staying at home.

Rush's best investment would be in a team of mean lawyers to pursue yellow journalists who just exposed themselves and reaching into their emptying pockets for sullying and smearing his good name. Let the games begin!

somebodynew 8 years, 6 months ago

While I heartedly approve of Rush having the right to say what he wants, I also agree with what Chris Merrill said on his radio show the other day. You have the right to speak, I (we/the group) have a right not to like it and not associate ourselves with it. If I don't like controversy then I don't have to invite you to join my group. Now granted, they probably should have thought about that BEFORE they invited him to join - it is not like he hides what he thinks.

But I do think Mitch is right with this article - he did it himself and while he will blame everyone except him (as he always does) if he had just quietly gone about this, it would have been fine.

BigPrune 8 years, 6 months ago

All of the major media outlets are removing references they made to an unsubstantiated statement attributed to Rush by an author of a book that cannot present the proof. If I were Limbaugh I would sue, sue, sue. But, no comment on other owners of NFL teams that make racist comments in their song lyrics? Why the double standard?

Gareth Skarka 8 years, 6 months ago

It doesn't matter, BigPrune, there's plenty of substantiated racist statements made by FatAssDrugAddict (oops, I mean "Rush")--

Audio clip of Limbaugh racist BS about Mandela and black governments, here:

Limbaugh in 2007: “NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons” Found here, with Limbaugh's own radio transcript:

His comments about Donovan McNabb that got him dropped from his ESPN gig, this time with video:

But you and the other wingnuts rant about the "unsubstantiated" stuff -- desperately avoiding the video, audio, and Rush's own transcripts, which prove the point.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 8 years, 6 months ago

But folks, Rush is the principal leader of the Republican Party, no? He has the true vision for the Republican Party. He is their leader and guru and Lord Sprechter. All he wants to do is help the Republican Party!! So go to his website, buy his crap, the t shirts, ball hats, coffee mugs, newsrag, and whatever else his web hosting company can manage to stuff on to the site, and be good Republicans. And don't forget to buy ten copies of Moose Lady's new book, Conservatism for Seals and Mooses (Meece??). Subtitled "The View from the back of the igloo."

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