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NFLPA Executive Director Against Rush Limbaugh's Bid for the Rams. [Oct. 12th, 2009|10:15 am]
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Smith sends e-mail detailing opposition

By Chris Mortensen

NFL Players executive director DeMaurice Smith on Saturday made a move to solidify the union against a bid by conservative talk show radio host Rush Limbaugh as part of a group that aims to purchase the St. Louis Rams.

In an e-mail to the union's executive committee on Saturday specifically addressing Limbaugh's bid, Smith said, "I've spoken to the Commissioner [Roger Goodell] and I understand that this ownership consideration is in the early stages. But sport in America is at its best when it unifies, gives all of us reason to cheer, and when it transcends. Our sport does exactly that when it overcomes division and rejects discrimination and hatred."

Limbaugh and St. Louis Blues owner Dave Checketts are among six potential ownership groups that have discussed buying the Rams. League sources say the current sale price has ranged from $700-to-$750 million but that there did not appear to be an imminent transaction.

On Sunday, Smith briefly elaborated, "This communication is more about what we stand for than the reality of our role in any franchise sale. While it's true the subject matter was related [to Limbaugh's bid], I do understand that the NFL does not present ownership bids to me or the NFLPA. I encourage our players to express their views."

At least seven NFL players have publicly opposed Limbaugh's interest in purchasing the Rams with Checketts. In Smith's communication Saturday with his executive committee, the union leader encouraged players to speak their mind on all matters, including Limbaugh's bid.

"I have asked our players to embrace their roles not only in the game of football but also as players and partners in the business of the NFL," said Smith in the e-mail. "They risk everything to play this game, they understand that risk and they live with that risk and its consequences for the rest of their life. We also know that there is an ugly part of history and we will not risk going backwards, giving up, giving in or lying down to it.

"Our men are strong and proud sons, fathers, spouses and I am proud when they stand up, understand this is their profession and speak with candor and blunt honesty about how they feel."

Limbaugh has expressed a number of controversial racial ideas in the past. For example, he suggested that Gen. Colin Powell supported Barack Obama's presidential candidacy simply because he was black, and he also stated that the media wants black quarterbacks to do well and that Donovan McNabb doesn't deserve much of the credit he has received for the Eagles' success.

Among the half-dozen interested buyers of the Rams, there are strong African-American ownership groups interested in buying the Rams, including businessmen Donald Watkins and Dave Steward.

The league has maintained it does not publicly address potential franchise sales. All transactions, when formally presented after a thorough background check, are decided by the 32 owners by vote.

Chris Mortensen is ESPN's senior NFL analyst.

Well, I'm glad the union voiced disagreement on the potential inclusion of a lunatic owning a NFL franchise. Granted, the NFLPA has no official capacity to veto Rush's bid, but the players' opinions need to be recognized. If the NFL believes that player conduct affects the image of the league, then controversial owners would also likely affect the image. Goodell expects to suspend players like Adam Jones, Michael Vick, and other players for misbehavior. He shouldn't hold a more favorable double standard among the owners.

Rush Limbaugh.
Potential Owner/Master of the St. Louis Rams? Yecch.


[User Picture]From: thecesspit
2009-10-12 07:03 pm (UTC)
Limbaugh is one of the biggest douchebags on the planet.

However, I'm not sure that should be a limitation to ownership. Players don't have to like the owners, even if they appear to be conservative diehards with dodgy views on race.

I do want to know where in the holy doughnut did Rush earn that much money for being an arrogant, blowhard douchebag though. Really, the guys grip on reality and things like the fact are about the same as my grip on the theory of holistic world energy healing.

That, my friends, is more of a crime that the whole world should be rising up against and saying "enough. A man who praises Ronald Regan for getting the US into debt merely to stop the Democrats doing it should not be earning millions. He should be in a padded cell with only people doing imaginary crochet for company".

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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2009-10-12 10:10 pm (UTC)

the circle of crime

A short answer on where Rush earns or maybe commands his money can merely be stated through the willingness of companies to pay for advertising that reaches their intended audience .... an audience that Rush seems to reach on a daily basis.


“First and foremost I’m a businessman,” Mr. Limbaugh told the magazine. “My first goal is to attract the largest possible audience so I can charge confiscatory ad rates. I happen to have great entertainment skills, but that enables me to sell airtime.”

Basically, the advertisers agree. He charges an arm and a leg for a contract, and Clear Channel believes he can deliver the audience. He's been delivering for a long time.

I don't think there's a whole lot of these people out there, in terms of a large majority of the American population. There's a good few that are just average in income ... they have to stretch the buck. Of those people, they're most definitely white males in a large percentage. But of that smaller segment, probably a majority segment of the top five percent, they also listen avidly. They're very important to Rush's crowd. They definitely won the game or were born winners at capitalism. They enjoy his words very much.
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