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October 13th, 2009
08:53 AM ET

Rush & The NFL

He's one of the most controversial voices in America and now he wants to be part of an American tradition. Rush Limbaugh announced last week that he's partnering in a bid to buy the NFL's Saint Louis Rams.

Critics want to block the sale and some players have already come forward saying they would not play for a team owned by the conservative radio host. Rev. Al Sharpton says Limbaugh is divisive, anti-NFL and his racially charged comments about African American players should make the NFL think twice.

In 2003 the radio host resigned from ESPN’s NFL pregame show after saying Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was overrated because the media wanted to see a black quarterback succeed.

Limbaugh has denied he is racist. He says, "I believe in freedom and I also don't discriminate."

So what do you think? Should Limbaugh’s past comments be a factor in his bid for the NFL team?
Leave us a comment. We’ll share some of them on air in the CNN Newsroom, 11a — 1pm ET


Filed under: Josh Levs • Tony Harris
soundoff (215 Responses)
  1. BHJ

    I believe it's a free country so Rush should be able to pursue whatever he wants. The players should be able to refuse to play for him, and the NFL should be able to consider Rush's history and it's impact on the NFL brand. If the NFL thinks he will paint them in a negative light, they should deny him the opportunity. Rush says some very inflammatory things and the NFL should not be forced to let him represent them.

    October 13, 2009 at 9:06 am |
  2. michael armstrong sr.

    At least hes not trying to run for political office could you imagine president Rush that would really erk Bill Clinton into starting his on talk show making neck ties.

    October 13, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  3. Kathy

    I for one, will not watch any game involving the Rams if this blow-hard, racist, hate-mongering propagandist has anything to do with them. The nut cases who follow him are very good at protesting, yelling, shouting and boycotting, so I say that we should do the same, and contact the news stations and tell them we will boycott any product advertised in a Rams game if this hateful man is allowed to be part owner of the team.

    October 13, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  4. tony mangurian

    Bro
    i just ur report on malpractice payouts and how they are saying its only 1/2 of 1% of medical costs ok but what percent is the cost that the doctors and hospitals are paying in insurance thats the real cost .... get that out there

    t

    October 13, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  5. peter

    tony,

    the issue isn't payouts on healthcare suits. It's defending against them. there is a cost for each filing, whether they're completed or not. Doctors and institutions get to pay for defensive cost in any event. Lawyers make theirs both ways.

    On this topic, he's looking for a minority position, not actually the primary owner. I wonder how many of our pro's actually know who all their minority owners are?

    October 13, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  6. Adam

    The only reason to let Rush Limbaugh buy the Rams is if the owners want the Rams to continue to fail. It's the same reason that Democrats want him to be the face of the Republican party. He can only make either one fail.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  7. Tony H

    anyone as public as Rush deserves to have any public comment taken into consideration in anything he does.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  8. John in Tahoe

    It's this simple: words matter. Rush should not have the NFL status to amplify his hateful words.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  9. sharlene

    Rush Limbaugh is a bigot and no one is doing anything about it. Their was more outrage over Michael Vick and the dogs, then there is about a bigot who wants to own a team with black players. Slavery all over again. No one sees a problem here. It is so sad what we as a people are beginning to tolerate even more.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  10. Roberta Gregory

    This is ridiculous. Rush has cashed in big being the voice of the extreme right and whipping up emotions with his misinformation to put it mildly. Now he claims he is not a racist, though he has probably helped stir up racism in others. Telling the way that commentators supporting Rush say that in America, those with the means or will should be able to do what they wish. Translated: if you have enough money you can do d*mn well what you please, or get away with whatever you want.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  11. JD

    Tony,

    Please let Rush spend all of his dirty fortune on any team he wants. Let's not forget the power of the "boycott". I still have never purchased Texaco gas. Rush will not fill a stadium if we play our cards right.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  12. Peter Lepper

    Tony,
    Rush Limbaugh is a racist I hope he gets the Rams and loses millions of dollars....that would make me smile

    October 13, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  13. Jim

    Rush Limbaugh is crying foul when alleged "liberals" try to pigeonhole him as a far right winger? I think he's done a great job of doing that himself. Limbaugh is an entertainer who is paid huge sums of money to do and say provocative and divisive things. He has said racist and sexit things on his show that do not belong in the NFL. I Hope the NFL finds a way to block this deal.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  14. Michael

    I listened to Rush the day after Obama got elected. His show was a festival of anti-black racism. He has made a fortune demonizing black people, and now he has to deal with it.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  15. Chris

    Who's deciding? This won't be legislated by you or me. The NFL will have to decide for itself. I suspect money will do the talking.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  16. D. Gray

    Re: Rush Limbaugh. ABSOLUTELY NOT!! He would always turn an interview to his opinions which are abhorrant to many intelligent Americans. Do not give him another forum to spread his poison.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  17. ed weninger

    rush -out.he thinks blacks are inferior.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  18. Jen

    Rush's influence is defined by the MSM. I think he should be allowed to be an owner if approved by the NFL powers vs. CNN and Al Sharpton. And since he is a Missouri native, he might do everything he can to keep the team in St. Louis. Why not!

    October 13, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  19. Mike Freeman

    He's a moron. Let him waste his money.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  20. Jon

    I don't see how Rush Limbaugh can be prevented from bidding on the Rams; however, in light of his history on bigotry and prejudice against black people, gays and lesbians, and other minority groups, he should stick to talk radio and leave owning a football team to some other people who are not as a lightening rod such as he.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  21. Al

    Rush Limbaugh should not be allowed to be associated with anything as American as football. He is pretty sure that his opinion is the only one that counts. He would be a constant distraction to all that is good.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  22. Chris (Springfield, MO)

    Limbaugh is in the public view as a critic and journalist. His actions and words are accountable, especially if he buys an NFL team and alienates fans and players. His ownership could create a negative impact for the NFL, Rams team, fans and industry in St Louis that benefits from the Rams being located there.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  23. Wayne King

    Rush Limbaugh has repeatedly demonstrated that he is an extremist that is out of touch with reality. He may not be a racist, but his words and actions scream 'racist' and perception is reality in this case. No, Mr. Limbaugh should not have anything to do with a professional sports team or any other entity where fairness and equality are necessary to ensure integrity. Let him stick to his extreme, right wing rants and raves on his radio show – not on a football field!

    Wayne
    Gilroy, CA

    October 13, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  24. Eric

    I work with people that think, that everything this man says is the gospel. He is to whites what Farrah Khan is to blacks.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  25. Brooke

    Rush always seems to say the most hateful and ridiculous things. He is not being forced into a right wing fringe by the media. He puts himself there by his own words. He should be blocked from purchasing a NFL team simply on the grounds that he is a racist and an opportunist.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  26. Hollie

    Yes, his bid should be blocked. We have to send a strong message that racist behavior is indecent and uncivilized and that kind of dispicable behavior will cost you opportunities. Besides, football is supposed to be fun and the thought of Limbaugh alone is a big downer.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  27. William

    It's nobody's business. You a NFL player? You want a pay check? Play for someone else. People who voted for Obama are happy. People who didn't? too bad we all live with it and life continues on. I think Sharpton wants to get involved to just stir the flames, as he ALWAYS does. He's useless and should work on next Sunday's sermon.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  28. jon of Hartford

    As much as we may not like it, the NFL is run by capitalist ideals. There should be NO limits to whom may buy a team. If the players don't like it, they can contract with another team. If the fans don't like it, they can stop purchasing tickets. If advertisers don't like the new owner, they have the right to withdraw their support for the team. Rush has the same rights as any other American. If you don't like it, find a way to change it within the system and without denying Rush his rights.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  29. Bruce Benefield

    Rush Limbaugh...through his own public comments...has proven himself to be a racist, by definition. Thus, if he is allowed to purchase an NFL team he would arguably have no African-American athletes playing for him. And that would leave him fielding a team consisting of only one center, one middle linebacker and one tight end.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  30. John Garceau

    Multiply the worst traits of Al Davis (Raiders) by 100 and you'll have a good idea of what a team owned by Slush Limbaugh would live under. This will set back civil rights gains in the NFL by 100 years! I can see it now; Limbaugh posturing down on the field, overriding the coaches' decisions. He belongs on a field populated by the KKK and the ghost of Joe McCarthy.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  31. Richard Ford

    Great job Tony...

    Rush Limbaugh is a Charlatan even to the far right and all his listeners, he speaks out of both sides of his mouth and has figured out how to make enormous sums of money off the naïve and (unfortunately) illiteracy of big swaths of the American public. Those who listen to him would be advised to soul search their own attitude towards tolerance and acceptance.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  32. Reggie

    I feel that Rush should be able to attempt to purchase an NFL team. He is a guy that knows football and when you spend your time looking at wheat he knows about the game. he is awesome and could later be a benefit to the game. Sadly, Rush is getting the same if not worse treatment than Michael Vick in his return to the NFL. In the MLB when they had this issue with Marge Schott, They just waited for the issue to resolve itself.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  33. Phil

    I just can't imagine Rush as an owner of an NFL Team. As a bigoted Racist he would have to pay large sums of money to Black Men and treat them with respect. That is something I have never seen or heard Rush do. He would be the cause of the loss of a large portion of the fan base as well as a loss in ad revenue.
    Take a close look a the Colts and all the work they do in and around Indianaplis and Indiana. They reaach out to and provide help for all kinds of folks. Fans come in all flavors. The team must appeal to everyone to be successful. Rush is not appealing to everyone!

    October 13, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  34. Louise Cook

    I wouldn't want the limp Rush around my work place. I feel sorry for the team if that jerk takes over. He spews hate and dishonor accross our nation's airwaves. I hope the team refuses to play for him and they all walk out. His self inflated ego is bigger than his brain. I can't understand why ANYONE would listen to his garbage.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  35. Lightfoot Letters

    This quote describes you and your guests regarding Rush Limbaugh and the NFL players association.
    "There are those who lie and put forth falsehoods. Then they argue against their own lies and falsehoods as righteous men." Lightfoot – 2000

    October 13, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  36. Tom

    This is absurd. Anyone know who Rush's sidekick is?

    I just heard some old NFL player talk about Rush wants power over people. What????
    Al Sharpton leading the charge adn was talking to the NFL player.

    So anytime someone (black/white) hires someone to work for them they are looking for power over them? Come on.

    Before people talk about Rush's racially charged comments perhaps they should look at comments made by Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

    mmmm.....

    October 13, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  37. Doug

    Mr. Rush should stay out of everything; his show is full of half truths and lies. If you take that kind of thinking to the NFL it will turn it into a political game, where his only thinking would be for him to make as many profits stripping money from everybody across the board. I will never watch another Rams game again if he gets his way….

    October 13, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  38. Stephen

    Rush just does what ever makes money, he is the biggest hypocrite in the media today, look into his sex vacations in Dominican republic, his drug addiction and then listen to him rail against drugs and prostitution.
    He needs to be kept in right wing fringe where he put himself and not be allowed to infect the rest of society with his racist, selfish, greedy, fascist, ideas that he can discuss so eloquently yet so insidiously undermining all American ideals

    October 13, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  39. Mike B

    Hey Tony, MERCURY MORRIS, exscuse me, but MERCURY MORRIS ??? A convicted drug trafficker ??? This is the man you put on the air to refute Rush Limbaugh??? Have you no shame ???

    October 13, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  40. Kathy in Florida

    I think we should do all in our power to prevent Rush Limaugh from owning or partially owning a football team. Next to Glen Beck, he is America's biggest bigot.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  41. Dr. Gary Herbeck

    The last time I looked, this is still a free country (although it may not be for long). Since when did it become an issue in business transactions as to what a person's personal, political or religious convictions or opinions may be? The Rams owners should be free to sell to whomever they choose, regardless of the smear campaign that Rev. Al and his cronies are trying to pull. Remember: Rush's comment was not about the lack of ability of McNabb, it was more ab out the reverse discrimination of the owners!

    October 13, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  42. George Knighton

    Personally, I find Limbaugh's political views and comments reprehensible...to the point that sometimes he borders on evil. However, I am unsure of the moral impetus for keeping him from purchasing an NFL team. If we can allow Michael Vick into the game, together with other convicted criminal miscreants, it seems to me that the image of the game is already in such jeopardy that it would be hypocritical to try to block Limbaugh's purchase without the discovery of other problems of which we are currently unaware.

    Personally, I am a conservative Democrat, or a liberal Republic, or a Red Tory...whatever you want to call me. And I find Rush Limbaugh to be a complete pariah, an insult to the American political system. But there isn't much that we can do about it, and I think that it is questionable trying to block the purchase simply because of how controversial a figure he is.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  43. dartcanyon

    It's great that healthcare is being assessed but the focus should be on unemployment. As we speak people are becoming homeless and poverty is at an all time high while big money people sit and try to redo something that can wait. Unemployment extensions cannot wait. Those who are against the extensions are people who make big bucks, have family who can support them or other means for survival. Many of us don't, due to no fault of our own, which many people refuse to look at. Many are on the brink of living on the streets as millions already do in America. Shame on America for even allowing this to happen while big money daddies sit on their butts and pass useless bills before looking at the American Citizens who morally and lawfully need help. Most of us have paid taxes to help support this country for many, many years but when it comes time for the gov. to step up to the plate for us they always have too many leftovers on their plates to even bother. Illegals are getting more benefits than legal Americans are and with no hassle at all. I have experienced this personally and we should be ashamed to allow this to happen. People who have never paid into the Social Security system in this country get SS because they are "old" when they are brought here by their families or sponsors. Step up Washington and do what's right by those who have been doing it right all these years and putting bucks in your pockets. Why be so reluctant to put life saving bucks in our pockets when you have more than enough to live high on the hog. Leaders rule and citizens suffer/struggle?? NOT!!!!

    October 13, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  44. Jim

    Rush would be a great owner for the Rams. He's a true fan and more fair minded than the shakedown artists who criticize him like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. I remember Jesse calling Obama the 'N' word during the campaign. But he's black, so that's OK, right?

    October 13, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  45. Richard

    I believe that Rush Limbaugh should not be allowed to buy the Saint Louis Rams because he is a loud-mouth who doesn't care what he says or who he offends. Given his history of obnoxious, racially provocative comments, I can understand why many African-American ball players would not want to play on a team owned by Rush Limbaugh.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  46. ben

    HE IS A HARD CORE RACIST AND SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO OWN A TEAM.HOW COULD IT WORK.I BELIEVE IT IS A WAY HE WANTS TO INSULT THE BLACK PLAYERS AS AN OWNER BECAUSE HE AND THE LIKES OF LOU DOBB AND BILL BENNET HATE BLACK PEOPLE.I LIVE IN CANADA AND HAVE HAD THEIR RACIST SLURS.I THINK THEY ARE VERY IGNORANT AND STUPID

    October 13, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  47. Ken - Long Beach, CA

    Rush can buy what he wants. But there is no denying that he is a bigot. If he buys the Rams, They will lose money when fans refuse to go to the games. Rush tends to forget that people can still vote with their wallet.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  48. Dan

    Rush Limbaugh is a right wing redneck. Although I consider myself a conservative, I cannot listen to him and others like him. He decided to be controvercial to drive up his ratings and to get other people talking about him or his comments. Time to tune him out and silence him forever.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  49. Jab

    I have been a die hard Rams fan since I was 6 years old. I will be 37 in November. if Rush has anything to do with this team they will no longer be my favorite. its up in the air as far as him being a racist, but many have a very strong opinion about that. but I do know for a fact that he is a drug addict & who would want an addict running a billion dollar enterprise..

    October 13, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  50. Darktari

    Tony,
    Rush knows football but knows ZERO about EQUALITY !
    Mercury Morris summed it up too well !!!!!
    The NFL can't afford to have a controversial owner of his caliber representing them.
    He would take the Rams back to the Roman Gabriel dayz.....

    October 13, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  51. RO

    Rush has an agenda. He won't let himself get boxed in by entering elective office cause he could not survive in the way he wants to.
    He wants to be more demonstrative in his views by owning a professional sports franchise and acting out his ideology and beliefs.

    Besides, he realizes at some point people are going to recognize that his listenership is not only huge, but that it includes a substantial number of people who love to tune in and listen daily to his show in order to reinforce their dislike of him.

    That won't last forever!

    October 13, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  52. Sonia

    The Taliban (who Rush has recently and admittedly agreed with) is known (like the Taliban) for generating crude, racist, terroristic rhetoric! Would the Taliban be allowed to be an NFL owner?

    October 13, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  53. Tod S.

    Hi Tony...

    In light of the seriousness of Limbaugh's "racially charged comments about African American players," I think to comment more fairly, CNN should report (or replay) a sampling of his comments.

    I do remember the tone and suggestions of Rush's comments but not the exact content. Given what I do remember, I think any self-respecting African American players would or should simply refuse to play for a team owned by Limbaugh. At the very least, they should sit out a game every now and then to let Limbaugh know who "owns" whom.

    –Tod S.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  54. Antoine Brown

    I don't think Rush is a racist (he's kinda crazy but not a racist). When he called the NFL a fight between the Bloods and the Cripts it wasn't an insult on black men but an insult to gangsters doing anything. All forms of entertainment have Gangster wanna-be's or genuine Gangsters, and these are horrible influences on kids, especially young black men. I wan't my sons to look up to President Obama or any number of black docters, teachers, or Judges... not a Mike Vick, or Allen Iverson, or Ron Artest.

    Also I heard one of your guests say that he is mad about a black president and if he owned the rams he wouldn't play as many black players. that is simply rediculous!!! Rush cares about red and blue but he would play the guys who got him the green.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  55. Richard

    I guess you're racist if you disagree with someone, if you disagree with Hillory Clinton does that make you sexist? Do you not agree that the NFL needed McNabb and Vick? Do you not agree that the NFL needs role models? Trying to prevent someone from purchasing something is itself prejudice.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  56. Lester

    Deffently not should Rush ( big mouth ) Lenbaugh should purchase a football team!! Rush says he is not a racist? I had listened to him years ago and it was entertaining until he did become A HUGE RACIST!!! I am white and I can't stomach him. If he has the chance to purchase a team look out that team will be in the dumper!!!

    October 13, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  57. Gary Elmore

    Absoloutly not, he can say anything he wants but he is a racist with the things he has said in the past about minorities, I do not feel he has any right to be the owner of a sport that is made up of primarily minorities. The closest he should be to a sport is to buy a ticket to the Kentucky Derby.
    p.s. I am a white man who has played sports all my life, not that my race should matter

    October 13, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  58. Javier Vasquez

    Either Limbaugh is a racist or he is as blind as the Pharisees that wanted Jesus dead. To put Mr.Limbaugh's words in short, he said he neither believes in the content of the character when it comes to a black man answering his calling in life. As it were everybody has to earn a living and to me he is just living in the past.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  59. unknown

    I am a white man in a multi racial marriage and am tired of this being made into the way things were. hello everyone....wake up slavery is gone! I believe in equal rights for all races, colors & sexual orientation but this will never happen until everyone wants equality not superiority and stops complaining about what happened so many years ago. It's not my fault that my great....great.....great.... grand parents may have owned slaves.
    NFL - one of your guest said only 25% could be black in the past and no position of power. that may have been true but if you really want equal rights why not establish a rule that each team in the NFL have equal number players from all races if you want equality. who would be complaining if that were to happen.....i guarantee not the minority of white players!

    October 13, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  60. Nora

    I think that if the NFL goes forward and allow Rush Limbaugh to become the owner of an NFL football team, they would be doing themselves and the sport a great disservice.

    I have friends who are ready, willing and able to boycott the NFL if Rush Limbaugh becomes an owner in any way, shape or form.

    He is a menace to society and would spark one of the worst protests in sports history!

    The guy is an admitted drug abuser and would like to judge players on the very offense that he has admitted too.

    Tony, ask you this question:

    How would you like for someone who has essentially called you a thug and/or gang banger to become your boss??

    Do you think that you could work for him??

    I think not!!!!!!!

    I think that Rush Limbaugh and anyone else who promotes hate should not be allowed to own anything but the rat hole they crawled out of!!!!!!!!

    Nora

    October 13, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  61. bob cortez

    Isn't it about time to stop the hate. If rush wants to buy a football team then quit injecting race into everything. Everyone knows that al sharpton makes a living off of this kind of stuff. Look i am an american with mexican heritage, my dad had to sit on the opposite side of the isle when he went to the theater. My wife is caucasian and I have friends with different colored skin then me. I've got a few relatives that still use the race thing that because they don't feel good about themselves. You would think that someone with reverend as part of their name would get over it.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  62. Wanetah Wilkins

    Rush Limbaugh's past comments should absolutely be considered in his conquest to purchase an NFL team. He prides himself on being divisive, and just recently he bragged about what he has "spawned" in terms of other divisive talk show hosts. He constantly characterizes as "reparations" any attempt to help uplift minorities in society. The NFL pursues many community outreach endeavors and assists the sick and the needy. Rush constantly derides those kinds of activities as demagoguery. He feels that slavery had merits, so now he wants to own some black people. the NFL should defintely outright reject him.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  63. Edwin W

    i think Rush should stick to his sorry radio show and keep entertaining his sorry followers. we should be preaching harmony, not division. if he gets involved with the team, i think all players should quit in protest refusing any association from racist Rush L. but i have one suggestion, he should go back to college and graduate; just to put himself out of the statistics we all know about.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  64. Adam

    The NFL needs to seriously consider the caliber of the people in it's organization. People like Rush and Michael Vick have no place in an organization that serves as a source of role models for our youth and is subsidized by our tax dollars. I would make sure that not one dime of my tax dollars went to a team owned by a bigot like Rush Limbaugh.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  65. Scott B

    The only time the left throws out the word racist is when they are talking about the right. Rush disagrees with Obama Socialist policy not his skin color. He bashed Bush for spending and moving to the left. He bashed McCaine for moving to the left. Rush has his politcal beliefs and values and he sticks to them. He doesn't shift everytime the wind blows. he's the only trust worthy voice in politics. Socialism is on the way kids and the dollar is going to crash. Rush is just tryinig to save you idiots on the left. The socialist media in this country obviously wants a black president. I don't care who you are and what business you run you make mistakes, but apparently Obama never makes a mistake if you watch the State ran media. There is a reason why Fox wins ratings all day and every day!

    White Men can't Jump is a racist statement, why no uproar?

    October 13, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  66. MA

    W.W.R.D? What would Rush do? If an individual criticized Rush’s profession, then wished to own the very same company that Rush was employed by, would Rush choose to work for such an individual?

    October 13, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  67. Richard

    Al Sharpton has made racist statements far worse than Rush and yet he's leading the oposition to Rush. Why is this allowed??

    October 13, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  68. Linda

    I feel Rush buying a NFL team is like a drug dealer buying a yacht. I would like to see the media and others make as much out of drug dealers paying high prices for toys just like they are making a big deal out of Rush buying his new toy.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  69. G wright

    Unfortunately, there is a market for racism in America and Rush takes full advantage, as he is paid big bucks to reinforce the tenants of Jim Crow ettiquette and the Willie Lynch philosophy. Those that buy into Rush's brand of logic are as unChristian and un American as one can be. Example: Rush siding with the Teleban and his race hating mongrals rushing to his side like a lynch mob. During Slavery the rich slave owner always took advantage of the poor white ignorant sharecropper, that was elevated to overseer of slaves, with simple rationalizations to why they should be bruttle to render higher profits. The uneducated white has always been the backbone of this insidious plan to enhance the dominant culture's wealth. If Barrak Obama was to walk on water, Rush would gladly rationalize,"Didn't I tell you that boy couldn't swim!" So no matter what Obama does right it will always be wrong because of the DNA of Racism.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  70. Tom

    This absolutely cracks me.

    Ever heard of quotas? Quotas are about helping a certain type/race succeed even if they are not the right candidate for the job.

    Why are there stories about women succeeding? Gee, when that happens everyone does not jump up and down? There is media hype about women succeeding, which is a good thing.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  71. Jim

    Scott B – Well said. The left wing nut bags are afraid of anyone who disagrees with them and use much more hate speach than Rush Limbaugh. Should Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson be prevented from owning an NFL team because of their hateful veiws against Rush?
    No, they should not..

    October 13, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  72. Larry B

    I wander what Mr Bigot (I mean Mr Rush) would have to say if someone like Jeremiah Wright put in a bid to become part owner of a NASCAR. He can try to hide behind his conservative activist talk show host title, but we all know he is nothing more than the new modern day hoodlest Racist. Every minority getting off the team part owned by him would probably make him and people like him (conservative & liberal) happy.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  73. Justin Peterson

    Tony I think rush has found a way to express his views about african Americans without being called a racist. Anyone who has that many negative opinions about our progress as a whole and is constantly so critical of our sucsess has no place in such a diverse And mainstream game as the NFL.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  74. Tod S.

    I'm sure Rush's ratings are up already as a result of this whole question and all the media attention he's getting on all stations, right, left and center.

    If it turns out he is not able to be an owner that will also boost his ratings as he rants about how it was all the fault of the radical, loony, left-wing liberals that HE couldn't excercise his right to make a legal purchase!

    The worst of of it is... Rush wins either way! Best case, consider him irrelevent and pay him no attention.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  75. Tom

    AGAIN MAYBE PEOPLE SHOULD ASK WHO IS RUSH'S SIDEKICK

    Why is it that when you disagree with someone, racism is often brought in as opposed to being able to disagree with someone.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  76. Kate Bittner

    I compare Limbaugh's bid to buy the Ram's, to a bank robber applying for a top bank management position. Rush, made his bed with the far-right, hate mongering radicals, he can now sleep with them for the rest of his life. He has no business doing business with mainstream America or those that he racially degrades on a daily basis.
    Kate, Erie, Pa.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  77. sherm in chicago

    as a black nfl fan i would hope that the other owners have more class than to allow a serial racebaiter like limbaugh in their midst. rush limbaugh is a cancer in the heart of america and his acceptance would signal the decline of the nfl. like kathy i too would boycott the rams.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  78. Richard,

    You call Rush racist. What about Sharpton and Jackson that attacked the Duke Rugby team win that prostitute screamed Rape? I understand Sharpton and Jackson aren't buying a football team. Those of you that say Rush would fail ARE FOOLS!!!, he hasn't failed yet.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  79. Tom

    So Justin,

    So, what you are saying is because of "you" are we can't be critical?

    Are you allowed to be critical of others but we can't be critical of you?

    mmm....

    Oh, this is absurd and plenty of hypocrites here.

    bye bye

    October 13, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  80. Corey from IL

    St. Louis has a large African American community that I'm sure would be outraged if such an outspoken bigot was connected to their team. Isn't this the same man who said "slavery had its merits," and "Obama was training blacks to hate America?" Trust me, don't let Limbaugh near the NFL.

    Oh and btw Rush, saying you're not racist doesn't make it true.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  81. Alex C

    Rush Limbaugh is an extreme right-wing ideologue who is a bigot and racist. It is apparent to the most casual observer that he can’t stand the fact that a Black man is President. His derogatory statements about Black athletes in the past is further testimony. He wants both our President and any meaningful reform in this country to fail. Having this man own a football franchise, which is comprised largely of Black athletes, would be a mockery and slap in the face to every Black player and an insult to the sport as a whole. Doesn’t any remember the Marge Schott fiasco? Limbaugh makes her look like an abolitionist!

    October 13, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  82. Sally agnone

    Not only shouldn't Rush be allowed buy an NFL team, he shouldn't be a judge for the Miss America
    pageant, which was just announced. He's a racist and a sexist–a real nasty person. Not a good role model for kids. Hope he doesn't get either one.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:44 pm |
  83. Richard,

    Rush can't be a judge for the Miss America but the Gay guy can. Those of you who are opposing Rush are the racists and bigots. Attack, Attack and attack. What are you attacking, his past comments or his ability to succeed?

    October 13, 2009 at 12:56 pm |
  84. JD

    It is none of YOUR business or none of MY business who BUYS or SELLS the Rams. You don't have to "vet" and owner, just like you don't have to "vet" a talk show host or a news commentator. Move on, what will happen will happen, its none of your/our business.

    October 13, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  85. eston

    Gimmy a break. Rush should be able to pursue any ownership he can afford. I agree, that any fan or player that has a problem with his ownership, has ever right to not attend or play. This is the American way...not a bad way for a nation to behave.

    October 13, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  86. Bob

    Limbaugh is an idiot and any player who stays if he is involved is a bigger idiot. Worst of all we know what he said and there is no way around it he is a bigot. Our Constitution allows us to be prejudice but not a bigot. I won't watch the Rams if he is involved period. I have no respect for this guy or anything he says.

    October 13, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  87. Larry

    If NFL players can be fined and or suspended for their words and conduct then the same should apply to Russ Limbaugh.

    October 13, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  88. Linda at St.Louis

    What is wrong with this country? Rush and others like him, that's what's wrong! Rush Limbaugh is the most angry, hateful, racist of them all. I love our Rams (in spite of their struggles) but I will never attend another Rams game if Rush Limbaugh owns them. His hatred makes me virtually, literally sick to my stomach.

    P.S. I am a white, 60+ grandma, and I would not blame black players for refusing to play for an owner who has insulted them publicly and often.

    October 13, 2009 at 1:02 pm |
  89. TC

    Rush speaks the truth and that bothers many in the "victim" industry. This campaign against him and his bid for the Rams is payback for years of daring to question the cherished victim-hood of many Americans. Go Niners!

    October 13, 2009 at 1:02 pm |
  90. Roger

    Rush should be able to buy the Rams as long as he has the finances, just as anyone else. This is football not politics WAKE UP PEOPLE...

    October 13, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  91. Chad

    Don't let Rush buy the team, the unemployment rate will rise. He could play any position on the offensive line or the whole line for that matter. This would put five players out of job and we would lose the taxes collected on from their payroll. Way to add to our unemployment and our deficit problems, Rush!

    October 13, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  92. Mr Dean n Seattle

    I don't think Rush is a racists hes a bigot..
    Let him spend his money and get the rams , then this country will see what the blow hard can do. besides being the A** he is

    October 13, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  93. cliff

    tony this is simple math. a month ago a report came out concerning the NFL teams and there contributions to the political partys. topping donations to the republicans were the chargers,
    and topping the donations to the democrats were the rams..

    why wouldnt he try to help buy the rams......

    October 13, 2009 at 1:04 pm |
  94. Eddy Duran

    It would be nice to know if the same NFL players that would like to block Rush Limbaugh from owning part of the Rams, would be in favor of the League implementing affirmative action to level the field.

    October 13, 2009 at 1:04 pm |
  95. SR

    I believe that Rush Limbaugh speaks his mind and that upsets many people, if he has the financing to purchase a team, then let him. If a player doesnt want to play for him, then they should be fired. The NFL has become a criminal enterprise and Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson should shut the heck up! I think they practice whats called 'racism'.

    October 13, 2009 at 1:05 pm |
  96. Debbie

    Mr. Limbaugh should, as a citizen of this country be able to pursue whatever he wants regarding ownership in a business. I think however, that a wolf dressed in sheeps clothing is still a wolf. Mr. Limbaugh can claim he is not a racist all he wants but his past comments reflect his true beliefs. I wonder at his desire to own an NFL team – is there an underlying agenda. I would not put anything past this man who seems to become more outragous with each statement he makes. He is an entertainer and just draws more attention to himself with each ridiculous thing that comes out of his mouth. I simply shut off whatever the program he appears on – I refuse to give him any time in my life.

    October 13, 2009 at 1:05 pm |
  97. Charles

    Not only is Limbaugh a bad role model, his role in the NFL would be a BAD example to young kids! In fact, the only reason he's on Armed Forces Radio (Chaney) is to spread the NEO-CON message, which Bush tried for the last eight years and failed! There's a reason Bush has been recorded as the Worst President in American history and Rush, especially after that appearance at the RNC convention, where he was obviously high, would be nothing more than a reminder of those failed years!!

    October 13, 2009 at 1:05 pm |
  98. Alex

    I don't see the problem with Rush wanting to buy a team. If Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and others don't want him to buy the Rams. Hey pony up put your money together and out bid him. Capitalism it works.

    October 13, 2009 at 1:05 pm |
  99. Gregory Camp

    Let's give Rush full credit for his out in the open hate mongering, he's also a mysogynyst (woman hater), remember the origin of the term feminazis? This guy's stance takes advantage of freedom of speech to express antiAmerican sentiments. But money talks and hate sells, so he's got the dough to buy lotsa things (except respect or admiration)

    October 13, 2009 at 1:06 pm |
  100. aj Carnevale

    rush as owner of the Rams – well "ses-boom-bah" –

    its about time the NFL had an all-white team !!! lol

    even if they never win another game !!

    October 13, 2009 at 1:08 pm |
  101. Julius

    It is a free country and he has the right to bid, but if the players association boycotts Rush then thats their right and if he does bid, it will just cause more problems for the brand so the NFL should take that into consideration also.

    October 13, 2009 at 1:09 pm |
  102. Harold Whitmore

    Limbaugh is an unrepentant racist, sexist, and all-around bad guy.
    Unfortunately, his rants appeal to a certain uneducated segment of
    the population.
    I wouldn't think the Rams would WANT him as their boss.

    October 13, 2009 at 1:11 pm |
  103. Jim

    Hey Everybody. Rush Limbaugh is not a bigot. He wants everyone to succeed on an even playing field. He does not care for the left wing slant of the liberal media. Believe it or not, he is speaking out to protect everyone's best interests regardless of your personal situation. The Libs portray him as racist because they can't stand equality. We must all be black or white or hispanic or a member of some minority first and a human being second. The Left has their priorities backwards and can't face their own racism. Their hypocrisy is stunning.

    October 13, 2009 at 1:12 pm |
  104. TC

    Hey Tony,

    How happy would you and your colleagues in the (Non-Conservative) media be if the Reverends Sharpton and Jackson were to purchase an interest in a professional sports team. Black sports writers world wide would fall over with joy at the prospects of race baiters on the black side owning their share of the NFL.

    Do people actually believe these two so-called reverends are some kind of protectors of civil rights and the interests of black folks?

    BLACK FOLKS ARE KILLING BLACK FOLKS IN CHICAGO AND ALL THESE RACE BAITERS AND CIVIL RIGHTS CHAMPIONS CAN DO IS PICK ON RUSH!

    Pathetic

    TC

    October 13, 2009 at 1:15 pm |
  105. Tod S.

    If the African American community in Saint Louis and other Rams fans can convince Rush to significantly and permanently contribute to the living conditions and education problems in nearby East St. Louis, as described in Jonathan Kozol's "Savage Inequalities," ... those problems that keep the community down ... then maybe I'd believe he's worthy of owning a team in the area.

    October 13, 2009 at 1:17 pm |
  106. Eugene Jordan

    Dear Tony,
    I for one will not attend any rams games if Rush Limbough buy the NFL football team. I think a racist like Rush Limbaugh should not have owernership of a National Football Team. I also feel all the NFL players, especially the black players and fans should also boycott the Rams games if Rush becomes the new owner of the St. Louis Rams. We should do this to send a message like we did to the Pheonix Cardinals, when ARIZONAZ refused to adopt Martin Luther King, Jr birtrhday as a state holiday.
    EJ

    October 13, 2009 at 1:17 pm |
  107. David

    Rush is an entertainer who is enjoying this increased coverage. I doubt he really wants to buy the Rams; just wants to stir contoversy to boost ratings.

    October 13, 2009 at 1:17 pm |
  108. David

    This country is on the road, albeit a long one, to reuniting, post-Bush. Why would the NFL consider giving a someone like Rush a platform to inflame and devide the country.

    October 13, 2009 at 1:21 pm |
  109. Alex

    Where do you think that stimulus money came from? Our Government is borrowing money from communist countries to finance social reform in this country. Where is Al Sharton and Jesse Jackson at on this issue? Buy Rush Buy matter of fact I have a house in Florida that I cant sell. Do you think I care where the money comes from to get me out of this house.

    October 13, 2009 at 1:24 pm |
  110. Roger

    For all you boycotters. That stadium will fill up without you, How many fans do you think Rush has? Answer = enough to fill that stadium 10 times . So boycott away .The NFL does what they want not what you want them to, Remember Micheal Con-vic..

    October 13, 2009 at 1:24 pm |
  111. Stephen

    The fact that this is even an issue should SCARE any GOOD American... Forget GOOD, just ANY American who values their Freedoms. Rush Limbaugh is a citizen of the United States. He is guaranteed the rigjt to LIFE, LIBERTY and THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. Mr. Limbaugh wants to own a football team and apparently now does. What scares me here is that people want to STOP this? Why? Becausee he has DIFFERENT OPINIONS than they do? I don't even want to acknowledge the 'Racist' argument because it is pure and utter TRIPE. Someewherre along the line someone figured out that all one has to do to stop another person DEAD IN THEIR TRACKS is to call them a RACIST. It is the FALLBACK argument of the 'LEFT' whenever they don't have LEGITIMATE grounds on which to stand argumentatively. If you didn't vote forr Obama you're racist, if you don't agree with the Noble committee you're racist, if you argue against the healthcare bill you're racist, if you question the whitehouse you're racist, if you support or go to a 'Tea Party' you're racist. If people don't think we are moving toward a true facist state, or if you think 1984 is pure fiction than you aren't paying attention. The thought that a man can't buy a football team because he dares to have opinions contrary to the almighty Left is digusting. The worst part about this is that NO ONE will be HONEST. NO ONE WILL talk about what the REAL issue is here: The systematic occlusion and abeyance of the voices of the Conservatives in America. It's a propaganda War being waged by the Liberrals and the Liberal Media... The same as in WWII: Turn the Conservative into something other than Human... Becausee if you don't at least RESPECT your opposition, If you don't see them as being the same as you then ANYthing you do to them is justifiable. Destroy them by ANY means. You see this everyday. And your average citizen , unaware of what is TRULY going on, sits idly by thinking that The Left are their Saviors, that they are fighting the GOOD FIGHT. They see Conservatives as the enemy... Stupid, Greedy, Racist, War Mongers. They are so convinced that they are right that they are blind to the real truths about our Country and the State of Modern Politics. They've been fed this propaganda for years, but especially in the last decade. The wool is pulled so far down over their eyes that they will never see the wolf until they are having their own throats torn out. Rush Limbaugh is just a symbol to them. A boogey Man. This isn't about the St. Louis Rams or Racism or anything so simple... This is a symptom of a disease that is eating away at our Country like a cancer. And while the blind citizens take their Government supplied sugar pills they think they are beating the disease. It's Rush right now. They'll do anything to silence him. But it won't stop their. Beforre long I won't be able to write things like this. Maybe someone will report me to the whitehouse like they asked peoplle to do to their fellow citizens over the healthcare debate. Wake Up. Speak the Truth. Speak your Mind. Don't let the propaganda machine roll over you and tell you what to think. Rush is a great American, if only for the fact that he isn't scared to say the things that need to be said. They'll villify him, They'll tell you he's evil, racist, causing problems... This is Big Brother. This IS 1984... 25 years late, but here none the less. They want to take our Freedoms away. Don't let them. Support Rush. Let an American Citizen buy a Football Team. Let a PRIVATE CITIZEN buy a PRIVATE BUSINESS. When a Man can't, in a Capitalist society, OWN A FOOTBALL TEAM then it's time for a change.

    October 13, 2009 at 1:25 pm |
  112. charles franklin

    Rush is like a KKK member without the sheets and hoods. Any ownership on his part would be a grave morale issue for the Rams who are mostly Black.....he would be a detriment... i hope he fails in his mission...he says he is not racist..then I must be Jesus Christ!!!!????

    October 13, 2009 at 1:26 pm |
  113. Mike T

    Tony, even in Canada we know Rush Limbaugh is racist an sexist. Even so no one should be denied of dreaming. But a dream is only a dream and most of the times reality bites!! Yeah, It's about time Mr. Limbaugh realizes that he has no control outside of his radio booth. I will not watch a single game if he owned an NFL team.

    Mike T from Toronto

    October 13, 2009 at 1:26 pm |
  114. Robert Lake,MI

    Well sad to say this time but Rush is right in what he said about McNabb! The same holds true for Michael Vick till he proved to Rush he was just a thug! Normally I dont agree with Rush but this time he`s 100% right! The part I find distrubing is its ok to tell the white guy he cant jump but not the black guy! How many running backs have been white and how its a foregone conclusion that white guys dont run as good as black guys? We as a country need to stop trying to pander to minorities while discarding the majority! One day the white man will be a minority and will the white guy enjoy all the breaks and priviledges that minorities recieve or will that be a thing of the past?

    October 13, 2009 at 1:29 pm |
  115. Dr. Gary Herbeck

    You just gotta love all the hypocrites posting here who want free speech...but only their style is allowed!

    October 13, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  116. da boss

    The news media is functioning as the "Village Idiot"! To waste media time on a person and subject so trivial, gives me pause. A Gospel singer, crosses over to "Pop", when he doesn't have relevance as a Gospel singer. Given the poor ratings of most cable news, are we now seeing the death of real news? I don't like seeing "Sausages" being made, so I don't watch. I don't want to see news become entertainment. Therefore, consider me a non- viewer.

    October 13, 2009 at 1:34 pm |
  117. Robert Lake,MI

    Poverty is NO excuse for children not going to school, poverty is NO excuse not to get a job, poverty is NO excuse to shoot one another! I`m sick of white liberals trying to cure all the worlds ills by saying its poverty as to why these people dont know how to act! These people choose to be this way period! I grew up on the bad side of town and dirt poor I might add, neither one of these excuses worked for me! I also had to wait a month to join the military because the Navy had already met their requirements for white guys for that month! I also scored higher on the ASVAB test than any of the minorities did. I stayed out of trouble, served my country, paid my taxes and NEVER have I had my hand out looking for a free ride! I dont blame anyone for not being rich, such is life!

    October 13, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  118. Bill Drake

    If we are to be concerned with personalities, I don't like you either. It is a toss-up between you and Limbaugh as to who has the biggest ego issue. Regarding Mr. Limbaughs possible buy-in to the team, may I offer this. The concept of "brotherly love" died decades ago, when it was replaced with the lust for money, See" GREED. An athlete who makes millions per year for fumbling passes, or missing a field goal can hardly be perceived as slavery. Perhaps Mr. Limbaugh SHOULD get his education regarding the capitalism of the Majors and the players negotiations. It just may humble him a bit. If nothing else, I would imagine he could muster a few hundred million Americans who would be glad to be his "slaves" for a few MILLION a year. Count me in !

    October 13, 2009 at 1:40 pm |
  119. cardog

    I truely detest Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Laura Ingram, Michael Savage, Mark Levine for their political views, but this is America and we all are free to pursue whatever endeavor we choose.
    I for one am not a St.Louis Ram fan, so it does not bother me in the least who owns them.

    While I am speaking my mind, I would like to address a commercial that CNN is running that upset me. Anderson Cooper's ad about whenever a liberal speaks on anything that is not fact, he will confront it, seems to me to be bais. What ad will CNN run about the consistant B- S- the Republican put out there everyday?

    October 13, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  120. L Cross

    I personally do not care for Rush Limbaugh, but as an American, and a Veteran, I would defend another American's right to the end. We have not restricted people like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson from making a living with their own self serving racism, so unless a person is a felon, he has the right to enter any business he chooses.

    October 13, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  121. ric z.

    If Rush is a bigot by your measure, so are those who accuse him of being so in this case, that being Al Sharpton, et al; I find it laughable with so many serious issues like blacks killing blacks in Chicago, Al finds the time and energy as well as you, Tony, to focus on wether Rush should have the RIGHT to buy a NFL football team. MY GOD, man, are you guys so jealous that you want to stop him from buying a football team? Ridiculous! This is clearly a case of envy, nothing more, nothing less. I would think you, Al and CNN could find more important issues confronting America and American blacks that would merit your time and energy then Rush L's possible involvement in buying the Rams football team. You guys are unreal.

    October 13, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  122. Jeffrey M. Bailey

    I really don't get it..all this talk from al sharpten and other race haters like jesse jackson.......i am a black middle-aged man from St.Louis,Mo. I see no problem with Rush want to become part owner of the Rams......why not? He loves football...I do belive the partners in the talks are......black! Look everyone on this planet has done or said things wrong, last I checked Rush is still an American, with the freedom to do what he wants with with his money He earned!!! The two are different , from his radio show and his polictal stand to his loves from sports!!!! This country is sometimes crazy when we make news issues out of things on race!! My kids are black/white....why does race ALWAYS have to come nto play!!!! Thanks to nuts like jesse jackson and "rev al"!! A true man of God will never stir up a pot of hate like this guy does over and over again!!! Pray for unity in this God blessed country. Go Rams!!

    October 13, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  123. dartcanyon

    What are we doing even discussing Rush Limbaugh when there are so many more critical issues at stake in this country? True...we have freedom of speech but that DOES NOT mean you have the RIGHT to deliberately insult, hurt, derogatize, etc. people. That IS NOT what that freedom is meant for. Rush needs a pepper stuck in his mouth so he will shut up. He is the personification of an Amendment ABUSE. Why and how these types of people become famous and notable is beyond me. Only those who are as ignorant ,ill mannered and foul mouthed would follow or support a fool like this. The Constitution and Bill of Rights didn't mean for it to be as such. Too bad our forefathers aren't here to hear and see all the crap that people try to get away with in their name and signatures.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:07 am |
  124. Gene S

    Why should we even care!?!

    October 14, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  125. Chris

    If he wants to own the Rams he should also be subject to the same drug screening policy as the team.

    October 14, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  126. Axel

    I do agree that any body can be eligibl to own an NFL team. But the NFL is commited to higher standard than Rush's. For exemple we all have the right to education but not all American will get into Harvard. We can all pursuit ownership, but Rush doesn't meet the high standard that NFL owner are suppose to have, and despite him loving football... he should just keep being a fan and run his mouth since thats what he does best

    October 14, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  127. Devin

    The NFL used to be more than just entertainment, they used carry role models. Now they let talented young men like Michael Vick do whatever they want and still play. If they let Rush own a team it just shows how far they have come from half time shows of charity. It Shows how they care only for the money.

    October 14, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  128. Mitch Dworkin - Dallas, Texas

    The answer is “Yes” in my opinion Josh. Fortunately the NFL football owners do not have to fear Rush Limbaugh and apologize to him after they publicly criticize him like how many elected Republicans in Congress do and Limbaugh does not control the NFL owners like how he controls most of the elected Republicans in Congress!

    I think the real issue that is much bigger than football is that Rush Limbaugh is very powerful because he controls over 20 million hard core activists who will do whatever he says. That is the main reason why no elected Republicans will stand up to denounce Limbaugh’s outrageous comments and when they do, they wind up apologizing to him knowing that they will probably be primaried just like how Arlen Specter was if they do not apologize to him. In the case of RNC Chairman Michael Steele when he denounced Limbaugh on CNN, Rush threatened to tell his followers not to give any money to the RNC. Steele’s only two choices were either to apologize to Limbaugh in order to prevent a huge RNC defunding or not apologize to him and lose a lot of money from Limbaugh’s many millions of followers.

    The one and only thing that Rush Limbaugh truly fears is a back door version of The Fairness Doctrine being reinstated such as “local content,” “diversity of ownership,” and “public interest” rules. President Obama and the Democratic Congress need to try and reinstate one or more of these back door versions of The Fairness Doctrine while they still have their strong majorities in Congress.

    The bottom line is that as long as Rush Limbaugh is in power where elected Republicans keep on fearing him and apologizing to him, then Obama will never be able to change the tone in Washington and he will get very few (if any) Republican votes on his major legislation.

    It is very easy for people like me and in the news media to publicly criticize Rush Limbaugh but there is not one one well known elected Republican in Congress I am aware of who has ever publicly crossed Limbaugh and did not eventually wind up apologizing to him for whatever they said that Limbaugh did not like. Former Sen. Trent Lott (while he was in office), Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA), RNC Chairman Michael Steele, and several other elected Republicans in Congress have all apologized to Limbaugh after they publicly criticized him and when Limbaugh called them out by name.

    This valid issue about Limbaugh is true and it is much bigger than football in my opinion. The NFL owners saying “No” to Limbaugh may possibly send a message to elected Republicans in Congress to stop fearing him and to stop apologizing to him!

    Mitch Dworkin
    Dallas, Texas

    October 14, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  129. Rick Hernandez

    I believe Rush should be allowed to eligible for ownership status, And, I also believe the ruling committee should deny his request without reservation!

    Rick

    October 14, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  130. Ash Anderson

    The Rams are a franchise of a business and if Rush can put up the money to buy them, as long as his bid is accepted, there should be no one to stop him.

    October 14, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  131. mike

    someone should give Rush back his Twinkies and Vicodin so that he can shut his damn mouth. how he's been able to become such a relevant voice in this country is beyond me. then again, this IS America. a place where people can show up to town hall meetings on health care fully armed with assault rifles while protesting that our President is taking away our constitutional rights.

    at the same time, I think that Rush has the same rights as anyone to own a professional sports team. but that's up to the NFL so whatever they decide is fine with me. I'll just continue to dismiss everything Mr. Limbaugh says as irrelevant, mindless, babble.

    October 14, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  132. Victoria L

    Don't get me wrong, I can't stand 99% of what comes out of Limbaugh's mouth, but when did football become political? If the man has the money and wants become an owner who are we to tell him no? Controversial or not it's ridiculous to make a big issue about him wanting to buy a football team.

    October 14, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  133. M Larcko

    Does anyone really think that the backlash against him is a surprise? When your job is to spew hatred and racism everyday of the week.... you have to expect this type of reaction. Or can't he take what he dishes out? He wants our President to fail.........I hope he fails, and all the hate-mongers like him.

    October 14, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  134. Christine Meekins

    Rush should not be allowed to purchase any NFL team. His comments regarding black players are so inappropriate, and offensive. Shame we still have to deal with these type of issues in 2009.

    October 14, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  135. Lisa

    There are two sides to this argument, and only one side is being discussed. It's not just about what Rush Limbaugh should be allowed to buy. It is about what he is seeking to own. A football team is a group of people, employees. And those employees he is seeking to be owner of represent a group that Limbaugh has maligned through the years....has personally profited from maligning. To African-Americans, it must feel somewhat akin to slavery, really...being owned by someone that exploits them for profit on the airways, and is now seeking to be their direct boss–by buying them! And, unlike another type of job, it's not that easy to just quit being a pro football player and run out and get another gig. I'll bet the subtlety of the argument isn't lost on Rush.

    October 14, 2009 at 11:48 am |
  136. Paige

    Of COURSE Rush will deny that he is racist. Even murderers with weapon in hand deny they've done anything wrong. However, all of his recent comments including those which rigorously voice his desire to return to segregation on school buses show that he is in fact racist. Rush is all about money and does NOT care about how he gets it. He is ignorant and as we all know with money comes power. With his ability to purchase a football team he has an increased abilitiy to spew his hateful, nasty, unAmerican rhetoric and still line his pockets. He's already noted that he is thrilled that America lost the Olympics and that he wants this President (thus the country) to fail. Rush is an oportunist....not a true American. Should he be given the opportunity to purchase a football team? Should the Taliban be given the opportunity (of COURSE NOT!)

    October 14, 2009 at 11:48 am |
  137. Matt from Kentucky

    You think the NFL will stop a wealthy man with strong opinions from being a part of their program when they let dog slayers in. Come on

    October 14, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  138. Arnie

    Rush is a great Americian who should be able to purchase anything he wants as long as it is not illegal. Until the government controls everything this is still the land of the free and the home of the right to prosper. Enough said.

    October 14, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  139. Richard Kath

    Rush Is racist? C'mon,somebody that TALKS for a living is bound to say things that people will misconstrue as being all sorts of weird things.

    October 14, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  140. Gavin Steele

    Rush may indeed love Football, but I am sure his love for money and power are greater. This would not be a lucrative descision. His persona will turn dollars away from his investment.

    October 14, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  141. Ron Barnes

    Rush Limbaugh as an owner would be a disaster for the team. Since ball carriers would only be allowed to run to the right, they would be easy to defend against. Quarterbacks would not be allowed to pass anything. The defense would be constantly penalized for putting too many men on the field. All referees would be offended by his constant complaints of overly liberal interpretations of the rules. There would be constant tension with the players over Mr. Limbaugh's interpretation of their contracts. And fans would have to bring their own seats to the game since Rush would appose spending money for their comfort. Let Limbaugh stick to what he does best-oxycontin.

    October 14, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  142. Jerry C

    I hope that Rush is not discriminated against. Their are other owners who are questionable. He should be allowed to buy the Rams if he desires.

    October 14, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  143. Ryan Jackson

    Rush Limbaugh should not be allowed to own a professional sports franchise! Just last week this guy poked fun at underprivileged African-Americans in Detroit that were trying to get federal aid in paying their utility bills and rent! 65% of the players in the NFL are African-American, and many of these players come from poor and underprivileged areas of the country. So if Rush Limbaugh is allowed to own the Rams, will he poke fun at poor African-Americans in St. Louis? Will he criticize his players because of their race? The NFL needs to take notice of his behavior and do the right thing and prevent him from owning any stake in the Rams.

    October 14, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  144. Jackie C

    Couldn't be less interested in Limbaugh, unless he is working on the Unemployment Benefit extenison bill in the House. Could you find out the status of the bill?
    Thanks. BTW, I wouldn't let Limbaugh buy any team I owned.

    October 14, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  145. NANCY

    Rush Linbaugh is a vocal joke, his unwanted racial comments sounds like someone who is the grand wizard of the kkk. He should
    not be able to own a team of any kind and I'm going to take it a little further; he should be band from having a radio show. How dare he spout his hatred so openly when this county has gone through all the pain, sham, and blood suffered by so many good and honest people, black and white. I understand America is a county were we can speak our minds, but it should not be allowed when we have come this far in the fight for equality for all of it's people, hatred should NEVER be tolerated.

    October 14, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  146. John Babitskas

    Free Speech is king. If black football players don't like the owner they can take their skills elsewhere. From Atlanta.

    October 14, 2009 at 12:48 pm |
  147. ken

    Russ would not pass the drug test. If obama is hitler like the diddo heads think why doesn't he have the FCC to pull the plug on rush.

    October 14, 2009 at 12:56 pm |
  148. Roger Wilson

    Since when does a potential owners political views impact his right to have ownership in a sports franchise? Mark Cuban is a radical leftist which hasn't affected his ownership of the Dallas Mavericks.

    October 14, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  149. ellen

    three cheers for the indianapolis colts' owner, jim irsay!

    he has stated publicly that he will vote against rush limbaugh being allowed to buy into the nfl.

    he's the first owner to do so - maybe the only one so far. c'mon, other owners - grow a pair and speak out! there's no room in pro sports for a man who profits from outspoken racism and other forms of bigotry.

    October 14, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  150. ron krokroskia

    Tony

    Rush is not only a bigot he has a past as drug abuser and border line criminal.

    He maybe a perfect fits given the problems of major league sports and substance abuse.

    Ron

    October 14, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  151. DAWN

    i will not support the rams if linbaugh has anything to do with it.

    October 14, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  152. Chris L Harrod

    i for one will not watch anything rush has to do with,as for race how about just human.

    October 14, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  153. Jae

    It's funny that the NFL and other professional leagues hold their players to such high moral and ethical standards but are willing to ignore Rush's divisive and racists ways. The owners should be held to the same standards as the players. The NFL does not need him.

    October 14, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  154. Terry Lush

    You're asking the wrong question. There is no doubt at all that Rush Limbaugh has a constitutional right to buy the team, regardless of his racist or intellectually bankrupt thinking.

    October 14, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  155. Gary Middeke

    I find it very interesting that fans denounce Rush Limbaugh while supporting a team that hires Michael "The Dog Killer" Vick!

    October 14, 2009 at 1:02 pm |
  156. Jeff

    C'mon. We're talking about the Rams. It's not like he wants to buy the Patriots.

    October 14, 2009 at 1:02 pm |
  157. Gerald Vandeveer Indiana

    Does this mean people who don't approve of gay marriage will be denied gasoline someday? Who really cares about who owns the Rams. Don't we have real issues like human trafficking, war, and homeless in our population. Time to wake up and not care about stuff that doesn't concern us. Its not like any of these blowhards have the money to buy into the Rams so who cares what they think. What they need to do is focus on things they can change. Take your lazy butt outside and help a person in need and stop your dang whining.

    October 14, 2009 at 1:02 pm |
  158. Mike

    Yes his comments that he makes should impact the decision on allowing him to buy an NFL team. This is just what we would want, another outlet to allow him to spread his word of hatred.

    October 14, 2009 at 1:05 pm |
  159. dartcanyon

    Get off the DOW kick already. That only represents those who have jobs or are rich and will get richer from the rise in this not needed segment of the business world. Concentrate on those out of work and living from day to day. DOW people have food, transportation, healthcare, nice homes, etc. ALL THE TIME and the higher the "market" goes the more they make. What ever happened to the unemployment extension that was supposed to be passed this week?? Healthcare plans that won't work for poor people and DOW have knocked everything else off the rich politicians desks, as usual. News commentators have no worries either because their pay checks are also FAT. I am a 68 yo white American who has to work to survive and there are NO jobs out there believe me. I cannot afford my medications and now that all gov. help has ended I will no longer be able to afford my apartment. I am part of the struggling American force. And yet, when I apply for jobs and go for jobs inevidably I am passed over for a foreigner who doesn't even speak good English. Yes, I know it is unlawful to age discriminate but there are MANY ways to get around NOT hiring someone. Why did I pay taxes, etc. for years when the money we put into gov. isn't there when we need it. I have even tried going back to school but I cannot afford that either and I am a professional when working. Go figure.

    October 14, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  160. Wailer

    The NFL should not allow any individual to be an owner regardless of race, if he or she exhibits racial characteristics, especially the Racist Rush Limbaugh. Money should not warrant any individual to do or say whatever he or she desires. This is the same reason we are fighting two wars, because the insurgents have the money, so must we allow them to carry out their evil deeds, of course NO! Rush stay away from professional sports.

    October 14, 2009 at 1:16 pm |
  161. Diego in San Diego

    Tony Harris,

    I have been watching CNN for a long time. The topic of Rush has really nothing to do with his crazy talk because of the way YOU personally report it. I am proud to be an Obama supporter IN EVERYTHING but you take it over the top. STOP for one second and remember that the President's mother was a white woman with a white bloodline. His white grandparents were an important part of his life. The attention you give the President's "blackness" and the WAY YOU EXPRESS complete disgust for anything that might hurt the "black race" or the "Black President" is tiresome for some white people who helped him get to the White House. Rush is an insane man. His "job" is to give fire to the flames in this country and divide us on our differences, and not rest until the American people hate our new president. Your body language on screen and your facial expressions give us the idea that you are totally biased in your support and you will get "called-out" on it. There is way too much talent in journalism to get your small dose of Limbaugh. Let's let the 44th President of the United States school us on race when HE thinks the country is ready. Not Tony Harris. Don't ask the Dugard people how much the paid for pictures. Doesn't the family get any privacy in a world that revolves around how much we have or don't have. Don't call out your staff when YOU should know how many zeros are in one trillion and not depend on being fed. There is so much talent out there in this tough job market, especially in journalism. Is Kyra on yet? OK guys we can turn CNN back on now...

    October 14, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  162. chrisb

    Go Rush and I hope your team goes to the Superbowl

    October 14, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  163. Andrea

    So let me get this right. Allowing an admitted sadistic animal torturer, Vick, to play in the NFL is okay, because "a man has a right to earn a living", but the NFL should stop a man from participating in owning a franchise because his political views are offensive, and it would somehow "taint" the NFL. Don't get me wrong, I can't stand Limbaugh, and would be happy to boycott any team with which he is involved, but I hate hypocracy even more.

    October 14, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  164. Peleti

    Let him own a team.

    The league sure doesn't mind having a animal killer, accused rapist, accused wife beaters, accused drug dealers, accused gun totting idiots & accused murderers amongst it's roster of players. So why not add an accused racist to that bunch.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  165. George

    Please remember this is the same individual who is a oxycontin drug addict. Who deliberately circumvented the DEA guidelines to get prescription drugs. Moral turpitude is enough grounds to disqualify his ownership-interest in any NFL team or any other sports franchise.

    October 14, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  166. Alan Richardson

    Ahh! Rush gets dumped and now it's the fault of the left wing media and all of those Un-Americans that are against the "Pioneer" no matter what he says or does. He just can't seem to bring himself to the fact that good, hard-working, Patriotic Americans truly believe him to be the hypocritical bigot that he is. The NFL is better off without him and his self-serving opinions.

    October 15, 2009 at 3:44 am |
  167. Eugene Jordan

    Hay Tony:
    I think the NFL St. Louis Rams owners did the right thing in not allowing a bigot and racist like Rush Limbaugh to become part owner Of the St. Louis Rams. The people spoke and the Rams owners heard. They snuffed out any hopes that Rush Limbaugh had to becoming a NFL team owner. I am sure it was realized that if Rush had succeeded, he and others may very well lose their shirts because the decent people and football fans will not stand to see such a bigot and racist own and operate an NFL team. Furthermore, I doubt if many football players especially blacks and other minorities would want to play ball for Rush Limbaugh and in the City of St. Louis, Missouri.
    Thank God the people and the Rams fans stood up to Rush Limbaugh and said:
    We Aint havin It!
    This man is a racist and his primary purpose is to inflame and escalate racial hatred. Rush Limbaugh and people who think like him is a real danger to America. He is not part of the solution, he and others who fan the flames of hatred and bigotry are part the racial problem in this country.

    October 15, 2009 at 4:10 am |
  168. Wanda Green

    I believe that Rush should not have an NFL team because of what he says daily, not just one day. I listen to his radio show and I would say that he really does not know what makes a racist, he is one.

    October 15, 2009 at 7:49 am |
  169. Dennis McBride

    Rush's program MAY have a lot of listeners, but he really doesn't have a lot of followers. I wouldn't want to see Rush have a part of any of the football teams. He's not in the same class as Dave Checketts. I'm sure being thrown off of the team has really bruised Rush's ego....

    October 15, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  170. jeff

    Does anyone remember when Carl Icahn bought TWA? most of the employees didnt or were scared of what he would do to TWA. They knew he would be a devisive individual if he was allowed to buy TWA. He bought it...TWA WENT AWAY...Rush is the same type of person, a devisive individual that destroys any kind of rational thinking or even seeing both sides of an argument. Crockett finally woke up and said, TIME TO MOVE ON!!

    October 15, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  171. kelly

    Is it a requirement now for employees to like their boss before he can take the position? I hate my boss!!! So what if they don't like him? He is no stranger to the game, and may be able to benefit the team. If the current players don't like it, then quit. I'm sure someone else would be pleased to get that paycheck! Its a job, and it's life, when has that ever been fair?

    October 15, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  172. Susan Prewitt

    His fiery vitriol has come back to burn him. We all knew he was just blowing smoke!

    October 15, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  173. Chuck Thompson

    Anyone who espouses racism...denegrates disabled people (i.e. Michael J. Fox's seizures)... continuously spreads lies and misinformation on the public airwaves to foster hatred... and has been proven to be a drug abuser... should he be able to own a business? Unfortunately, the answer is YES. As much as I despise Mr. Limbaugh and his far-right loony-ism, he has just as much right to own a business as anyone else who is just as loony on the left. For instance, would Al Franken be considered unfit to own a baseball team? Even though Rush Limbaugh is one of the primary reasons our country has so much perilous class-hate, I have to reluctantly disagree with those who say he should not own the St. Louis Rams.

    October 15, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  174. Dorothy,

    Just as those who think that Rush has the right to own a business, I totally agree with them. but the players and all others involved have the same rights to refuse involvement with Rush. There are consequences for all our actions both good and bad.

    October 15, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  175. Steve in Austin

    Rush who? Is his money Green? Then why should anyone care about Rush what he wants to buy. The owner's circles of professional teams are full of crazy nuts, what's one more? Seriously!

    October 15, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  176. rich

    Rush has gotten what he wants. The free market place has spoken and rejected him. He has nothing to complain about.

    October 15, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  177. Allen S. Gray

    Capitalism at its best just like Rush likes it.

    RL has used race to make money and divide since the day he began his show. Now his absurd rhetoric has come back to bite him. It isn't about rights, or the left, its about being accountable for what he says; his words.

    The free market has spoken and the NFL doesn't want its product to be associated with him. God bless America, capitalism and the free market.

    October 15, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  178. William

    The last I heard.....this is the land of the "FREE", and the home of the brave....

    October 15, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  179. Paul

    What a complete buffoon. Limbaugh takes no responsibility for the divisive hate drivel he has proselytized for decades. If anything goes against his desires, then it has to be the 'liberal lefts' fault. This guy is living in a fantasy world of his own creation and has lost touch with reality buy isolating himself in a prison of his own egotistical, contentious opinions.

    I certainly hope "this is about the future of the United States of America and what kind of country we're going to have", because it shows that there are many patriotic Americans that do not agree with his brand of hate-mongering rhetoric. If a talk show radio pundit, no matter how much money he makes, constantly criticizes and denigrates anyone who disagrees with his political and social agenda, then some day he may have to live up to his machinations when they return to bite him in his fat butt!

    This has nothing to do with conservatism. It is all about Limbaugh! His response to the rejection shows his immaturity and lack of personal responsibility for his actions. Not the attributes of anyone you would want to listen to for advice about anything, but a perfect example of a self-absorbed, narcissistic, arrogant, blow-hard.

    Paul

    October 15, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  180. AnitaRN

    Rush LImbaugh was not denied ownership of an NFL team because of his "conservative views". Listen to what the NFL players, player's union, & even Al Sharpton said. They were protesting his devisive remarks about NFL players, which are on tape. They never once mentioned his conservative politics, never even used the word "racist". And no, it is NOT an American right to own anything you have the money to buy. Seller's have rights, too, and cannot be forced to sell to anyone as long as we still have a democracy. In RL's case, it was not the "public" – but the other potential investors who booted him out. Even they did not want to be associated with his anti-American-ideal inflammatory rhetoric. Rush dug his own hole on this one. He has no one to blame but himself.

    October 15, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  181. Nesly

    I'm a black man and consider myself an independent. I don't necessarily agree with every position that Mr Limbaugh have ever taken, however People who consider this man a racist are a bunch of ignorant liberals that have never spent 3 hours to listen to what the man has to say.
    Mr. Limbaugh makes no apologies for his views and people do not like that. The reverends Jackson and Sharpton do not speak for the black race, they only represent the ignorant who are simply unable to read the truth and have never had an original thought. I suggest both of those gentelman get jobs and stop igniting the race flame...
    This is America and the man should be able to purchase anything he can afford...Can you imagine the furor if Rush was black???

    October 15, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  182. kimosabe

    The NFL does have a backbone. Its true an American does have the right to own a business, but not this business,Rush can go back to his business and continue to spew hate and division. bye, bye fathead!

    October 15, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  183. JASON

    People have the right to say, dress, or act however they want. But people (and businesses) also have the right to reject you for those choices. If someone builds their career on shock jock 'Howard Stern'ish' like comedy or risky 'Playboyish modeling' then want to change their career and go 'legit' maybe working for Nickelodeon, it's probably not going to work. Nick has the right to reject you for the image 'YOU' built for yourself. Rush made a career out of outrageous comments. He's a famous millionaire because of it but it's also had a very adverse reaction. The moral...you can't have it all!

    October 15, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  184. John Abram

    I have listened to Rush since he started. He will take topics or comment of others and twist them to his consevative advantage. As he plays the "twist" over and over he will state the quote was not his but another. For instance, I have heard slavery comments from him for years. And in each case, Rush says the orginal comment came from someone else. But yet, he repeats it over and over again. Sharpton and jackson finally got some payback.

    October 15, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  185. Martin Edwin Andersen

    Wouldn't having admitted center-ultraright Rush Limbaugh into the owners' club also have jeopardized League rules on drug abuse, given his own history on the subject?

    October 15, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  186. Doug

    Hi Josh and Tony,

    I have been watching this morning and have been surprised to see such diametrically opposed views on Rush Limbaugh's "right" to own a pro sports team.

    Clearly, he is within his rights to own a team. However, as a consumer, we all retain our right as to if we will be choosing to buy tickets to a game or watch a game on TV if the team is owned by Mr. Limbaugh.

    While it may be possible and legal for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to own a company that produces a product that we Americans can buy, I think most Americans might understand that refusing to buy that product is a protest against the delusional and hate-filled views that Mr. Ahmadinejad spews.

    Americans also have the right to boycott the St. Louis Rams in order to avoid financially supporting someone equally as delusional and hate-filled.

    October 15, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  187. Al Randall

    Rush is a racist hater. He has been a leader of a movement that has hijacked America and changed it from a nation of, by, and for the people, to a nation of, by, and for the wealthy elites.

    We the people have started the process of taking our country back from Rush and his ilk. He is reaping the havest of the cult of greed which he has sewn.

    October 15, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  188. Corley

    I think the right decision was made to take Rush out of consideration. I agree that holding someone accountable for what they say is a tough call, but when your voice has significant impact to thousands of people a higher scrutiny is required. Especially when there is consistency in the direction and nature of their comments. Unfortunately change will not come until financial consequences come about. I'm sure Rush will still live a good life.

    October 15, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  189. will

    it does not matter to me either way him owning a team or not...i have never met him nor do i ever listen to him, but i do know that in the past he has said some very non-compassionate things about people such as his outburst about michael j fox. i has the mic to speak through each day and gets a chance to blare out his opinion of everything, something the rest of us do not have the opportunity to do so, and with what comes out of his mouth is not good, so when you say silly thongs sometimes those words come back to bite you.

    October 15, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  190. kelly

    If the NFL players today want to be able to play part in whether or not an outspoken individual can purchase their team, they should get their act together and try be to better role models for our children.

    October 15, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  191. Keith Shenton

    Josh,

    There are many people who, unfortunately, work for bosses they dislike. In fact, some may despise those for whom they work. I don't understand all this turmoil about Rush Limbaugh investing in an NFL franchise. I don't like him at all but I don't think that disqualifies him from participating in our free society.

    The best way to express your feelings about him is to express your feelings, not have him banished.

    Let's spend more time discussing important things.

    Kind regards,

    Keith

    October 15, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  192. Benswordsman

    Rush is reaping what he sowed. In his self righteous vilification of certain NFL players in the past, he alienated not only the players, but their fans. Thus when others say that anyone in America has the right to own the business he chooses, one's reputation also matters. In this case it is Rush Limbaugh's own reputation that makes him unsuitable as a business partner in this area. How about investing his money buying more right wing radio stations?

    October 15, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  193. Glenn from Florida

    Rush Limbaugh should be able to purchase anything (legal) he wishes to purchase. That said his business partners, the NFL, the players, and the fans have a right to hold him accountable for his past actions and statements. If he wants to dispute that he should sue them. He certainly has the money to do so.

    I say let him do it. In the end the fans and their attendance, or a lack thereof, will have the final say. Let him do it, and see how miserably he will fail.

    October 15, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  194. George Cohen

    Josh,

    We hold our athletes up to a higher standard than average citizen. We do this because of the sway that sports hold over our youngest and most impressionable. Witness the athletes that have been punished for their indiscretions.

    Rush Limbaugh does not hold up to these standards. He has proven he has misused illicit drugs and has suffered no punishment for doing that. Are we to hold up this a new standard of drug misuse? I don't think so.

    While I agree every person has a right to free speech, Rush has shown a proclivity to espouse irrational behavior. To the point, I believe, incites right wing crazies to violence. This kind of political partisanship has no place in American sports. By it's very definition, a sports team is the best example of, and must be, completely neutral. Again, Rush would fail this test as well.

    It is a good thing that Rush's name has been removed as a potential owner. The NFL would likely never recover from the stench that it would have been covered in, had he been allowed to own a team.

    October 15, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  195. j.

    Words Do Matter! What don't people understand? Rush was not rejected because of his political views. He was rejected by the NFL, because they did not want him. This is America. If I wanted to buy into any America franchanise I would need to meet their qualifications and Rush simply did not. If Rush would like to start his own football league and he has the money, go for it.

    The most important lesson learned here is: Your Words Do Matter, so be carefully who insult, you may need them one day.

    October 15, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  196. PamB

    This decision to reject Limbaugh is not only because of past remarks! This rejection is based on the image, that a Hate Radio jock would give to the NFL. His Hatred towards Democrats, towards Obama, towards the Clintons, towards America's sucess !
    WHICH companies would want Limbaugh to be an icon for their business, football or whatever? The same reason sponsors are pulling out of Fox and Glen Beck-Hate and Fear no longer sell to the American public.
    Limbaugh has made enough fool of himself over the years with his drug crimes, his Viagra laden suitcase when traveling to a country where young boys are pimped ! Why won't he just go away?

    October 15, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  197. robert

    This is Rush getting a dose of his own medicine. A private company board decided they want nothing to do with him becasue he is trouble with a capital T. This is an example of business freedom in action. Kind of a joke that he is calling it a ploy from the left. When it is a fully unregulated corporate move probably by a bunch of conservatives.

    CNN – please make it clear to everyone that he was allowed to bid on the team and was rejected by the board not government. There is no issue of personal rights infringement here.. as you seem to be provoking.

    October 15, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  198. Rach

    I keep hearing about this story. I haven't heard the actual audio clip of RL saying these things. What did he say? Please share. However, no matter what he said, that should not stop him or any other American from making a purchase of their choice.

    When did America begin dictating what others can or cannot buy? Oops! I just remembered this is the direction our government is taking us – forcing Americans to buy healthcare whether we want it or not.

    October 15, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  199. harris porter

    Rush Limbaugh had made racist remarks about black people in the past and also call us ghetto people,now he want to owned a team with ghetto players,well this comes down to respect and not until he apologize to all blacks and other people of color should he get involved in ownership.

    October 15, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  200. Thomas A. Weathers

    I don't care for R.L., however I feel he has everyright to bid on owning an NFL Team. He should have been vetted through the process and then rejected by the owners and the league. The Group he was with removing him from the process only gave him additional reasons to blame others. and not himself If he did state it was "Blacks Fault", for him being denied as chance to own a team, tell me how many "Black Owners would have voted? What would R.L. had said and how much time would he have spent on his show if Minister Louis Farakhan would have been with a group of people trying to purchase a Team? "Poor R.L., I think not... He could still be involved as a silent partner, however his ego won't allow that.

    October 15, 2009 at 12:19 pm |
  201. L.Dodds

    Yes, RL has a right to own anything he wants, but, the problem is who will work for him?? There would be no team, because, no one wants to work for a racist, bigoted horrible bastar- that he is! Here in the real world, we have to be accountable for what we say, RL is like a little kid on the playground that has no friends and is mad at the world. Americans, "just say NO" !!!!! Thanks to the team owners for not letting this person buy into the Rams organization.

    October 15, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  202. Rian McMurtry

    All these people complaining about Limbaugh's rights being violated are forgetting that he's not the only one with rights. Yes he has the right to try investing his money wherever he wants, but the players have the right to protest his potential involvement and say they don't want to work for him, the commissioner and the league have the right to say they don't want to work with him and consider his negative impact on the team and the league, the current owner has every right to refuse to sell to him, and the group putting the bid together has the right to recognize him as a liability to making the purchase and drop him from the group. None of Limbaugh's rights were ever violated.

    October 15, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  203. Alvin Shepherd

    The NFL would be turning back the hands of time to allow a known racist like RL join their league in any capacity. I thought we learned that a few years ago when he would offer up his racist uninformed views on ESPN. RUSHIE BABY REAL AMERICAN HAVE NO NEED FOR YOU ARE YOUR KIND!!!

    October 15, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  204. m moran

    Rush,hho cares eather way! their was 5 black kids that BURND a WHITE kid !! And you guys give him 5 second bits! DO NEWS NOT BS

    October 15, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  205. Karen

    Every individual has a right to own whatever they can buy. I do wonder how RL got os rich he could even consider this... The public will vote with their wallets. If you object to RL's political positions, you can boycott his business. Players can choose not to work for him. Advertisers can decide not to support his business. This is the way a democracy works and I'm grateful for this freedom.

    October 15, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  206. Tony

    Hi Tony and Josh: I see your news reports daily. Good job.

    On the Limbaugh circus. Mr. Steel said it best. Rush is a good co-host
    comedian. But I don't think he would make a good NFL team owner.

    I am a 70 year old and at times I ride in a van with some season ticket holders to see the KC Chiefs. They will bail out of being football fans if he buys in. And remember what happened to baseball a few years ago. We all drop out.

    Tony

    October 15, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  207. TB

    I agree anyone in this country should be able to own any business that they choose . That's part of what makes this country great. But what people don't understand is that the group has simply said to Mr. Limbaugh we don't want you around which is fine. If Mr. Limbaugh wants to own a team he should create his own league. Leave the NFL alone!

    October 15, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  208. faheem

    Did not I see Rush celebrating with glee when Chicago lost their bid for the Olympics- oh how the tide turns!

    October 15, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  209. dixie shoup

    he may have the legal right to buy his way into whatever he has the money, but not morally. The public also has a right to not support any sport or product that supports him in anyway.

    October 15, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  210. Bruce

    I don't even watch sports,i think it's crazy that a person should make millions to play a game,,,and yet this Countries service men and women make chump change. Wow Obama in New O,I reckon now it's double dipped. As for the jobs in New O why did so many mexicans have to over there to repair the city??,using that NASA location about jobs was a joke!,every person in New O should have a job!

    October 15, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  211. Peleti

    Just heard that he's been drop from the group that's making a bid. Which is unfortunate. Only because I would actually like to have seen the players against him, actually walk the talk. Which I highly doubt any would have done considering the millions they could lose out on.

    October 15, 2009 at 1:28 pm |
  212. harris porter

    Due to Mr Limbaugh racist habits and past history in drugs involvement with the law,I hereby request to the NFL to reject his ownership application without prejudice.I am a concern citizen.

    October 15, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  213. Lee Poskanzer

    Regardless of my personal opinion of Mr. Limbaugh, the decision to include Mr. Limbaugh as one of the buyers is a business decision and not one of "freedom" or "rights". The purchasing group has the right to determine his participation, just as Mr. Limbaugh has the right to make an offer on own. This is capitalism working-investors' abilities to make decisions based on financial interest weigh the value of Mr. Limbaugh investment, the return and the controversy that surrounds him.

    October 15, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  214. Sandy Fefes

    Limbaugh is a racist, pure and simple. He is also a complete hypocrite trying to become an owner in a largely black sport after spewing his hate for years. He will do and say anything to make more money for himself. He plays to the insecurity and fears of blue-collar America while living a lavish lifestyle in a home full of European antiques and Cuban cigars. Let us not forget he is also a convicted drug addict. Please!!!

    October 15, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  215. Esper Lee

    Hi Tony,

    His extremism should limit his involvement in all
    public entities.

    Please check his comments about paying for the
    rescue effors in Louisiana during Katrina. They
    were never brought to the public.

    Esper Lee

    October 21, 2009 at 1:05 pm |