Rush Limbaugh reportedly will drop out of the group bidding for the St. Louis Rams. Surprised? Other than when asking for public handouts on yet another stadium the NFL owners refer to remain out of the public eye. I am taking abut the owners, here - the player's union and the owners have agreed that essentially anything goes with the players. C'mon - wife-beaters, ex-cons and animal abusers have rights and are football fans, too! Whatever - it is a flawed comparison because a prospective player's right to seek employment has stronger legal protections than a prospective owner's right to invest.
As to Rush, love him or hate him he has made fabulous living being controversial and (that awful word) divisive. That has opened some doors to him and, unsurprisingly, closed others. Quel surprise.
I'D RATHER TUNE OUT THAN TUNE IN: From danoso in the comments:
It's not because he's controversial or "divisive" - Keith Olbermann is all that, and he has a gig with the NFL. It's because he's conservative.
Good point! Olbermann does have a long prior incarnation in "sports journalism" and he is appearing in sportcasts, not as an owner, but still - on the rare occasions he pops up on my screen I am on the channel changer like Wild Bill Clinton on a young... well, pretty quickly.
Apparently Olbie is on an NBC NFL pre-game broadcast. If they want to cross-promote their MSLSD star and risk the ratings hit, I am not sure why the NFL would care.
IF IT ISN'T ONE THING IT'S ANOTHER: Yes, it is annoying that some of the criticism of Limbaugh was based on manufactured quotes. But he has cultivated controversy for twenty years, and the NFL does not like controversy.
Or put it this way - after spending twenty years getting rich while promoting the eminently defensible views that Jesse Jackson is a liar and the main stream media are fools, is Rush really surprised when Jackson lies and the media is fooled?
FIGHT THE SMEARS: If Rush has a valid lawsuit against the media that ran the phony quotes he ought to pursue it.