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October 13th, 2009
06:57 AM ET

Limbaugh wants to own Rams

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Rush Limbaugh has never been shy with his opinions about the National Football League... or anything else really.

Now he wants to put his money where his mouth is. The conservative radio host announced last week he's part of a bid to buy the NFL's St. Louis Rams.

Some critics are lining up to block the bid, saying his comments in the past should be held against him now.

So what do you think? Should Rush Limbaugh be allowed to own an NFL team? Sound off on our show hot line 1-877-MY-AMFIX.

Filed under: Controversy
soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. Carolyn

    Mike Vick can play in the NFL please explain why Rush can not own a part of a team?

    It is a little late for the NFl to have integrity or ethics don't you think?

    October 14, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  2. cary sigler

    Bill OKeefe October 13th, 2009 9:43 am ET

    Have you ever read the rap sheet on our congress….how many felons and misdemeanors are representing us in D.C…… is a long list of criminals……and to second guess Limbaughs right for anything…is completely ridiculous
    UMMMMM, there are no felons representing, name 1. Please try to be factual. Limbaugh does not have a right to OWN an NFL team, everyone please try to understand the constitution of the United States does not grant a right of purchase. He does however, have a right in a capitalistic free market in our represntative republic (not a democracy) to submit a bid for purchase of said team. His bid may be rejected for any number of reasons, not the least of which would be his past use of his freedom of speech in hate mongering and and racial degradation. Also, those who are elected to office in no way affect the criteria for which ownership in the NFL is viewed, so lets stay on task here. The reason his hateful speech is important is that drafted players may have to play for a hate merchant with which he may concrete idological differences with or not pursue a career in his chosen profession, much like you being forced to work for Rev. Al Sharpton or working for pennies a day in comparison.

    October 14, 2009 at 9:16 am |
  3. joe

    limbrug is a loser an so are the rams. They deserve each other

    October 14, 2009 at 9:12 am |
  4. John

    Of course he is allowed to buy it. Just no one should show up to play or attend the games.
    Limbaugh is a huge internal threat to the fabric of society for America.
    Our enemies only need to watch while people such as Rush attempt to destroy the country. Football who cares.....this guy is evil. Is he actually American...he's has to be an agent from somewhere and they certainly are getting a return for their investment.

    October 14, 2009 at 8:25 am |
  5. Alfred

    As an African-American, I cannot see how any self-respecting African-American player in good conscious would play for a team of which Rush Limbaugh had any degree of ownership.

    October 14, 2009 at 8:16 am |
  6. Chris

    CECELIA. I agree he is inflammatory, probably racists and gets people riled up, but as with any bully the fewer people that pay attention to him, the less his influence. Thus, don't listen to him and his venom will have less affect. That is why I don't listen to him. I first heard his show 10 years ago, listened to 3 or 4 shows and determined that regardless of his education, he isn't very smart.

    October 14, 2009 at 8:15 am |
  7. Eric Pieters

    I don't see a problem. The NFL already defined their standards by letting a dog-torturing animal killers in, promoting them to the public. The NFL is now espousing morals, hah!

    October 14, 2009 at 8:14 am |
  8. cary sigler

    players are often reminded that playing in the nfl is a privledge not a right just because they have the talent to do so. Owning a team in the NFL is also a privledge not a right afforded to every overrated blowhard that happens to be able to afford a team.

    October 14, 2009 at 8:14 am |
  9. Neil Nason

    He is too mentally unbalanced to own anything.

    October 14, 2009 at 8:12 am |
  10. Chris

    I have never been a fan of Rush Limbaugh. He is a big, overweight, inflammatory talk show host, yet he should be able to buy a team if he wants. It is up to the NFL to decide what restrictions they would want to put on his purchase, such as not using his team or the NFL network to promote his show or ideas and vice versa. I don't know him outside of his show, but how much of what he says does he really believe and how much does he throw out there to get people thinking and talking about issues? Anyway, he should have the opportunity.

    October 14, 2009 at 8:12 am |
  11. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Rush needs to stick to selling anti Clinton neck ties.

    October 14, 2009 at 8:11 am |
  12. Rosebud

    I personally don't like the man, I think he is a racist and bigoted human. But I say let him buy the Rams and fans can vote with their wallets against the pig. All athletes are more than welcome to walk off the field.

    October 14, 2009 at 7:35 am |
  13. Robert

    This man is an idiot on so many realms...who would want him on their side.....????

    October 14, 2009 at 6:42 am |
  14. MartOchieng

    It is amazing what the US has to put up with. Does Rush have the same physical attributes that normal human beings have? If he does, then someone should check his brain (if one exists in that big hollow head of his)

    October 14, 2009 at 3:22 am |
  15. Lee

    Ok, here we go again. They get someone that has built a reputation as a "Hold no punches" black man so all other blacks should fall in line or Whites can say Stephen A says its ok. I am sorry and I am not buying it. Stepahen A should know better.

    October 13, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  16. Jeffrey B

    I really don't get the big deal about Rush wanting to be apart of the possible buying of the St.Louis Rams. Race seems to be the underling junk in the world....even in sports! What gives al sharpton or jesse jackson to ALWAYS bring up race...those two "men" seem to be in the middle of non Godly stuff. They suck!!!!!!!! By the way I am a black middle aged father of 3 interacial young men and the grandfather of other, a one the most faithful Ram fans here in St.Louis. I respect Rush, do I agree with everything he says, no but I do agree with 90% of his veiws on everything.....we even agree by being football fans!!!! Mr.Rush is a football fan with money, he want the team to stay here, he got friends, why not put a bid in. For those NFL players who say they will not play, there are many others that will, and the fans who might not show up, they are not football fans anyway, the game is on the field. The polictics are not, get over it al and jesse...........just go away....please, u do not represent no one I know. God bless America!!!! Go Rams!!

    October 13, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  17. Lynx Owen

    Limbaugh is a devisive bombastic ultra-right wing racist. The only thing missing from him is a White Hood. He has a history of spewing racist phlegm not just recently, but for a lifetime.

    I would be suspicious of anyone associated with him and any organisation welcoming him or others of his ilk should be equally suspect.

    The NFL has long been accussed of insensitivity to players: entertaining a Limbaugh bid strongly validates that claim.

    October 13, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  18. Lynx Owens

    I cannot imagine the NFL which is replete with Black Players would allow them to have their contracts owned by a proven devout ultra-right wing racist. I know it is all about money but it is hard to imagine even the money grubbing NFL owners to do such a thing. The crap about his history of racist comments and positions as being labeled entertainment is an obvious lie when you see his unrelenting stance and bombast on all issues. On top of all of this he is an admitted drug addict. I thought the NFL was against Drugs and Druggies. If NFL players must be held to a higher standard of behaviour how could someone like this be considered for ownership? This would be an insult to true sports fans, players and the very spirit of professional sport.

    October 13, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  19. Bill OKeefe

    so you get to rip Limbaugh.......but he cant say what he wants.....what makes the country free for you.....and not free for him???? In what way have you contributed to the freedom you enjoy>???? If you can put the crazy glue to Rush....then someone can put it to you.....that is the drawback to freedom....if one of us is not free....then none of us are.......

    October 13, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
  20. Vic

    I agree, it is a free country.

    October 13, 2009 at 1:36 pm |
  21. JazzyJ

    No! I don't think Rush should be in any way assoicated with the NFL as far as being owner/part owner; I do not approach this from a racial point of view; rather, a Human stand point. Rush in my opinion spews complete and total Hatre; and being a part of an organization that is so diverse and multi cultural is not a good fit.

    As if it is not enough control that Rush has already, imagine the power he will have over so many peoples lives; I understand that we live in a free and democratic country; but I am very passionate about this, it gave me chills to think that Rush could potentially be a part of the NFL; its one thing to have an opinion or take a stand on issues but again, in my opinion when you use the medium that Rush has to spew and / or insite hate directly or indirectly, than we have to be very careful to allow such a person to continue to influence negatively.

    October 13, 2009 at 1:31 pm |
  22. The Virginian

    Wow. Sure is a lot of pot-calling here. So far I see some pretty racist views from those claiming racism. I also see a lot of hate in the words of those who cry hatred. What does it all mean??

    Too many times we will stick to old ways as a means to avoid admitting we are wrong. We need to remember that in order to remove the splinter from your brothers eye, you must first remove the log from your own.

    October 13, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  23. cjchristou

    The man is a certified moron.Enough said about him.Our time would be better spent ,talking about the weather and the color of the fall foliage.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  24. Lyle Schiele

    I'm a dyed in the wool liberal democrat. I don't agree with Rush and don't listen to him. But if the man wants to buy a pro football team and can afford it I say let him do it. Whats the beef?

    October 13, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  25. johna

    Hard earned FREEDOM,misused by Limbaugh..
    Someone should try to seal his mouth with crazy glue.
    Amount of hate propaganda made America divided
    and Al Sharpton use the same mode,who get blamed?
    No way in hell,he should be allowed to buy the RAMS.
    We need a wake up call...

    October 13, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  26. Bill OKeefe

    you know you caught me again....I cant believe the vicious insane....hateful remarks that you allow on here against the right....and in this case anyone who sides with Rush....and then you hold back anything that you think might be offensive to the left.....this is a joke.....and you wont rope me in pick and choose.....and slant this always to the some of the vicious attacks on conservatives.....8th grade drop outs....on and on....and you put it through....if I made any of those abusive attacks on the would not post....this site is just another tool of the left......believe me......I could certainly spew out hateful generalizations about the left....but I hold let the hatred to the right just flow.........posted without question Left wingers.....have a great time tossing back your hatred for the right back and forth to each other.....

    October 13, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  27. Bill OKeefe

    Have you ever read the rap sheet on our many felons and misdemeanors are representing us in is a long list of criminals......and to second guess Limbaughs right for completely ridiculous

    October 13, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  28. Bill OKeefe

    its breed not bred

    October 13, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  29. Todd

    A racist like Limbaugh owning a football team? I don't think so!

    October 13, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  30. Bill OKeefe

    Of course he has a right to make a bid for an NFL team....last time I checked this was a free country.......and we had free enterprise...I am a white conservative.....and let Sharpton and Jackson know that I am going to start screaming.....political bigotry

    October 13, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  31. gman

    No I do would not vote in favor of Rush Limbaugh to become a NFL owner. Neither would I vote for Sen. Lindsay Graham, Ron Christy, Al Sharpton, or Donald Trump in the meantime I would get rid of Al Davis, and that arrogant Jones guy of the Dallas Cowboys. All these people are far to arrogant and divisive to be involved in public discourse, entertainment, sports. However, I do believe that Rush Limbaugh to the core is a racists and the king or arrogance and hatred.

    October 13, 2009 at 9:12 am |
  32. alice harris

    my first turn off since he came on the air in my area was his statement aoout one of the president's daughter ( Carter or Clinton).
    " the ugliest first daughter in America". Anyone who can make a statement of this kind has more problems than even he realizes.

    October 13, 2009 at 9:08 am |
  33. JANE

    LIMBAUGH IS AN EMBARRASSMENT TO MANKIND. HE LIVES IN A WORLD WHERE THE IGNORANT THINK HE MAKES SENSE. These are people that never got out of the 8th grade, school dropouts and love the radical storm guy with really bad dentures.

    Rush should not be allowed to own a dog, Over the years, he has continutally made racist remarks along with the other drissels that appear on Faux Fake Fraud Makeupnews.

    And, like the drunk guy that they call Beck, go to any bar after hours and you will see his kind crying, getting brawling belligerant, like many who are BI-polar after the booze runs out.

    October 13, 2009 at 9:05 am |
  34. BigD America Needs Health Care, Mn

    Rush Limbaugh is a Growth, Period!

    And, Is it Possible that CNN & American Morning is the Only Class Act in the News Business?

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    BigD + CNN Groupies + Obama + Health Care GROUPIES, UNITED!

    October 13, 2009 at 9:04 am |
  35. JANE

    LIMBAUGH IS AN EMBARRASSMENT TO MANKIND. HE LIVES IN A WORLD WHERE THE IGNORANT THINK HE MAKES SENSE. These are people that never got out of the 8th grade, school dropouts and love the radical storm guy with really bad dentures.

    Rush should not be allowed to own a dog, Over the years, he has continutally made racist remarks along with the other drissels that appear on Faux Fake Fraud Makeupnews.

    And, like the drunk guy that they call Beck, go to any bar after hours and you will see his kind crying, getting brawling belligerant, like many who are BI-polar after the booze runs out.

    October 13, 2009 at 9:04 am |
  36. Dorcie

    Some may want to remove "Racism" from the issue but, Rush Limbaugh has made it clear to America that it is all about race with him. For that reason...NFL and black men means he has now come full circle. Flashback: Rush has bought himself some blackmen who work for him he can now buys and sale through the legal slave trade.

    October 13, 2009 at 9:04 am |
  37. ronvan

    Everytime Rush opens his mouth with his outrageous, racial, anti american, hate your neighbor tirades it is a representation of ALL of us! WHY? Because we tolerate him, listen to him and sadly MANY support him. To be an OWNER of any kind of business would continue to represent the white owner with his slaves!

    October 13, 2009 at 8:58 am |
  38. MD

    He has as much right as anyone else to own a sports team.
    Why isnt shakedown artist Al Sharpton going after the black racists...he never does. And why CNN is always pushing the anti white angle is beyond us.

    October 13, 2009 at 8:57 am |
  39. Houston Mom

    Not now, not ever. It is hard enough to figure out a reason to allow my family to watch NFL football as it is. The moment you let an overt racist, intolerant pig like Rush Limbaugh become an owner count my family out. My husband may not like it but the NFL will not be on a single T.V. in our home and his Texans season tickets will not be renewed.

    October 13, 2009 at 8:57 am |
  40. Steve

    The disdain shown by Limbaugh for the NFL players, Fans , and existing owners clearly shows that he should not be a part of America's favorite Sunday pass time. He is extremely devisive and we do not need that type of owner who no doubt would cause college draft picks to refuse to play for him(black and white); free agency would certainly be affected as players would refuse to play for him and teams that would play against his team would potentially approach the game with an unsportsmanlike attitude. We don't need his poison in the NFL as it would adversely affect the NFL as a whole.

    Clifton, VA

    October 13, 2009 at 8:56 am |
  41. Jack

    A lot of NFL owners have said some pretty dumb things over the years but I can't recall any that have put down their players in such a manner. And to have such a racial tone to the disparaging remark just lets us see more clearly Mr. Rush Loudmouth's white supremacist ideals. Hopefully the current owners, and players, will make a stand for diversity and deny his purchase.

    October 13, 2009 at 8:56 am |
  42. Melissa

    Rush Limbaugh should be kicked out of the country for treason! He should consider it mercy that we don't shoot him. I know that he has his following right now but so did Hitler. Too bad for him that history will record who he really is and the harm that his unbridled mouth has caused countless people. Owning a sports team will be a meaningless side bar in the record of his life in history. When we were young we used to insult each other by calling someone a Benedict Arnold. That is the future historical fate waiting for Limbaugh

    October 13, 2009 at 8:56 am |
  43. jay m

    He is too hateful and too divisive to own an NFL team. He doesn't know how to treat people.

    October 13, 2009 at 8:55 am |
  44. Todd, State College, Pa.

    Although I don't agree with a good portion of Rush Limbaugh's views, him being denied by the NFL because of his opinions is basically discrimination, and the fact that anybody would be cool with that, especially anyone who is part of a group who has been discriminated against, is not only hypocritical, it's sad. You are either against discrimination or you're okay with it, there's no exceptions because you happen not to like one particular person.

    It's alright to have convicted criminals come back and play, but Limbaugh can't be a part of the organization, what's with that?

    October 13, 2009 at 8:55 am |
  45. george anjorin

    He is more than welcome to waste his money. I will love to play for his team after college and drop the ball intentionally, or almost at the end zone and make a u turn. LOL. Will be fun.

    October 13, 2009 at 8:54 am |
  46. John

    It is clear from the majority of posts here that many believe that there should be a politically correct test for ownership and participation in America: "Rush has offended me and therefore he should not be allowed to be an NFL owner."

    Frankly the comments of the above posters "offend me" and therefore I do not believe that they should be entitled to continued employment and they should be fired from their jobs.

    The term "Racist" is so over-used that it has become meaningless except as a weapon for those on the left who have no argument.

    What is the definition of a Racist? A conservative winning an argument with a liberal.

    Give me a break!

    October 13, 2009 at 8:54 am |
  47. Yolanda

    One more thing. If he is able to own a team I will cancel my package and forfeit watching football.

    October 13, 2009 at 8:54 am |
  48. Ray

    I think that the statements Rush Limbaugh made about the RAMS looking like the Blood and Crips without the weapons has racist connotations. I agree with Al Sharpton also. Do you want a person with a this type of character to call the shots for a predominately African Am erican Team. Can he make the best decisions for the African American players? I don't think so.

    October 13, 2009 at 8:54 am |
  49. Yolanda

    I don't believe Rush Limbaugh should even be considered. The remarks he made about the NFL looking like a game between the bloods and the crips without the weapons was very racist. It seems to me that Limbaugh is looking to be a modern day slave owner. This racist man would decide the fate of african american players and I am sure it would not be done fairly.

    October 13, 2009 at 8:53 am |
  50. jane

    Brilliant move to get Beck out of the headlines and Limbaugh in them!!

    October 13, 2009 at 8:50 am |
  51. Bernadette Loesch

    I don't care how much money he has. He shouldn't own a football team let alone anything else of control. He has a divisive attitude and personality. He does not belong on our airwaves in any way.

    October 13, 2009 at 8:49 am |
  52. jim vicalvi

    First, I am not a follower of Limbaugh. I may have heard him twice in my life. However, it is interesting to see all of the Hugo Chavez subscribers come out of the woodwork. When Chavez didn't like what the radio and tv stations were saying about him he just shut them down. In the US obama stifles his opponents by taking over their businesses. I don't agree at all with what the 3 most racist people in the Us say, Farakhan, jessee jackson and al sharpton, but this is still America and they have that right. The same people that profile me as a republican because I disagree with almost everything that obama screws up. I am not a republican but an American and have that right to disagree.

    October 13, 2009 at 8:32 am |
  53. Dorothy Kincaid

    Again white Americans are circling the wagons in support of Limbaugh and capitalism. These same descendants (families) were probably around when the south was knee deep in slavery, but because many of them lived in the north – their hands were clean. Give me a break – now Limbaugh can say anything about he should be able to own a team of players (predominately Black) when he says (because we live in a democracy) everything he can to put us down. I am sick of Limbaugh and those who defend him. I am tired of the racism (running ramphant in the media) and the defense of it. I believe racsim is alive and well on CNN, MSNBC as well as FOX, but it doesn't matter because I am only a Black in a democracy and if I say it is racism, it is me just belly aching from another Black person. It doesn'r matter – because the white believe only blacks can be racist.

    Give me a break – you people living in your ivory tower will somehow understand. ( the great christians that you are) what it is like to be considered as a second class citizen (even if you are president) – racism is only considered if whites say it is.

    Of course Limbaugh should own the Rams – whites with money have always owned slaves, haven't they, that's called capitalism (supply and demand).

    October 13, 2009 at 8:19 am |
  54. Mitchell

    The players can posture and raise hell but they all ways go (or stay) where the money is, kind of like loud mouth greedy's. Let him buy what he can afford.

    October 13, 2009 at 8:10 am |
  55. Richard, Kankakee, IL.

    He should not be allowed to bred!

    Limbaugh is doing everything that the Nazis did before they turned Germany into a hate monger's country! I guess Limbaugh want to get on the Eugenics ban wagon too since he loves to put down black people!

    October 13, 2009 at 7:49 am |
  56. Laura Atencio-Gianoulis/Syracuse,NY

    Rush Limbaugh has proven to be rude obnoxious and down right nasty, he's spoken against anyone who is not like him...(thank God for those people), He has made negative comments regarding different ethnic backrounds. Now he expects these folks to work for him and listen to his he out of his mind.....scratch that, we all know the answer.

    October 13, 2009 at 7:39 am |
  57. Pauly

    He has every right to offer a bid. I believe there are 5 other bids. I seriously doubt NFL owners would accept any bid that included Rush. Not that current owners are All American candidates. His prior drug addiction is reason enough to deny his bid. I would like to see him get the bid & have to deal w/ one of the strongest unions in the country, black players, ESPN & the socialistic makeup of the NFL. He has a right to make a bid but the NFL has a right to deny it. Which I'm almost positive they will do. Then Rush can play victim some more.

    October 13, 2009 at 7:39 am |
  58. JohnO

    I don't believe it is appropriate to suggest that anyone who can afford it should be restricted from buying anything. What's more disturbing to me is that Limbaugh made that much money by deceiving his audience. Only in America!

    October 13, 2009 at 7:37 am |
  59. Schelli

    When I consider the blasphemy that typically comes from rush, as well as the country we live in and the level of "free press" during the bush Admin., I think he in no way deserves any affiliation with a team sport. It is people such as rush and glenn beck that inspire a sense of solid paranoia not to mention unrealistic, irrational, unreasonable beliefs. Truthfully, I think it is a complete waste of time to even validate these men in the media. They narcissisticly care only for themselves. They only behave with the intent to further themselves, no regard for any others involved. It in no way shocks me that the education level is synonymous with those who buy into the blasphemous info. either of these men. Meaning: the populations these men speak to tend to have lower education levels. I in no way imply stupidity is inherent in this population, rather they let ignorance run rampant. I am quite offended by what these men portray. In the event they haven't already done so, I think it would be a national concern if either of these men reproduces.

    October 13, 2009 at 7:36 am |
  60. Laura Atencio-Gianoulis/Syracuse,NY

    Since congrass works for us...or is suppose to, I think we as Americans should have the right to review the job their doing for us and determine weather or not they get to keep thier job. Than perhalps we'd have more members of congrass doing what's right for the American people. Honestly, if any of us were hired for a job and spent more time bad mouthing our co-workers who didn't agree with us, instead of striving for solutions....we'd be fired. We need health care reform NOW, We need a public option to give the greedy insurance companys compition. Thier rates will lower when we can get better coverage for a cheaper price....Or better yet lets give congrass the same kind care and benefits that most of us receive, than perhalps we'll see results. Where's Donald Trump when you need him.

    October 13, 2009 at 7:29 am |
  61. Jon

    Rush Limbaugh should be allowed the opportunity to own an NFL team, as should anyone with the means. However, as the NFL enjoys many anti-trust exemptions that most other businesses do not, the other owners should, and do enjoy the right and ability to decide who they want as a fellow owner for whatever reason(s) they see fit. As the NFL doesn't exactly shy away from controversy, one might see Rush as a perfect fit for the league. However, since the controversy in Rush's case is racial insensitivity &/or racism (or the perception there of), this might be a controversy that is too big for them to swallow. MLB had to deal with an existing owner, Marge Schott, who had a tendency to make racially insensitive comments. In her case, they threw her under the bus, and drummed her out of the league. If Rush were a woman, there wouldn't even be a discussion, it wouldn't even be considered due to the double standard with regard to gender. However, in Rush's case, the league would not only have to worry about what Rush has said in the past, but what he might say in the future. The one clear solution would be to allow Rush's group to buy the team (if they are the top bidders) with a stipulation. That stipulation would be that Rush would have to give up his controversal radio program & that Rush would not be allowed to work in any medium that would tend to bring controversy to him or the league during his tenure as Rams co-owner. This is fair, because the league gets to set the rules for who is and is not allowed to own it's member teams. Besides, who says everyone gets to get their cake and eat it too? Rush needs to decide if he wants to be an NFL owner or a divisive figure (entertainer really) more, as the league really can't afford to allow him to be both (since the issue of race is involved). The funniest thing about the whole matter is that Rush would want to be a part of the probably largest example of corporate socialism that exists in the United States (total revenue sharing that allows a team from a place as small as Green Bay to co-exist and compete on a level playing field with teams from New York and Chicago. Guess if Rush does get to be an owner, that would make him a socialist! Who would have thunk it?

    October 13, 2009 at 7:29 am |
  62. Mitch Dworkin - Dallas, Texas

    The answer is "No" in my opinion. 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 13, 2009 at 7:27 am |
  63. Bernice

    ABSOLUTELY NOT....Mr. Limbaugh is a drug head & stirs up hate in our country..It doesn't matter how long it's been since he took drugs..the damage to his BRAIN is for life..I hope his life is a short one!! ..
    All True Americans that love our country should stand together & SHUT FOX DOWN...Limbaugh, Beck & O'reilly..your days are numbered!!!!

    October 13, 2009 at 7:22 am |
  64. Vic

    go away Limbaugh, let the NFL fans enjoy the game and not your conservative ways which probably want be what the Rams need in this day and age. So please, go away.

    October 13, 2009 at 7:13 am |
  65. Wayne Gustafson

    I'm not a football fan. I always thought it was a sport for stupid people. Now with Michael Vick and Rush Limbaugh it's a sport for really stupid people.

    October 13, 2009 at 7:12 am |
  66. Jim Green, Seguin, TX

    In response to the solicitation for comment on Limbaugh and the NFL [from a football nut]:

    The owners of the NFL run the risk of having a divisive racist with a voice in the NFL, if they allow Limbaugh to have a seat at the table–Limbaugh is titular head of the “Republican Party”...which is now limited to those who are divisive and racists–[Ditto Heads] and listening to anything a Republican has to say, on any subject —is a waste of time!

    For clarity, the agenda of Democrats and Republicans, their national agenda—could not stand out in greater contrast—While Democrats are asking “How can we make the world a better place”–the Republicans are asking “How can we make our richest contributors, richer”–i.e., the Republican agenda is to lie, cheat and rob to get elected—so they can lie, cheat and rob the American people blind, once elected.....

    In short, two thumbs down on Limbaugh having any part of the NFL!

    October 13, 2009 at 7:09 am |
  67. Michael Cirone

    He should not be able to own an NFL team. His comments in the past have been offensive and downright racist. Remember his crips and bloods quote? Comparing hard working (black) athletes with criminals is completely unacceptable for a public figure. Who would want to play for his team?

    October 13, 2009 at 7:09 am |
  68. Rod Davis

    Not only 'no', but "Hell No"!

    October 13, 2009 at 7:07 am |
  69. Cecelia

    As an african-american, I have been offended by Rush Limbaugh's statements NOT just in the past but on a daily basis presently. For instance, his comments about the schools kids being beat up by black kids on a school bus resembles "Obama's America". I mean come on. This guy is a divisive character, insensitive at least and racist at most. If he were to own an NFL team, even jointly, he is then an employer. I can tell you no one wants to work for an insensitive racist boss. I know the NFL can find other more suitable owners.

    October 13, 2009 at 7:06 am |
  70. Sharon,Daniel Island

    The ? is why does he want 2 own this team. Is he really interested in perserving the team and making it better or his is seeking another public soapbox from which to spew is brand of hate speak

    October 13, 2009 at 7:05 am |
  71. Paul In Pittsburgh

    Hell no

    October 13, 2009 at 7:03 am |
  72. Marcus

    Nope. He should not be able to own a part of a team in any sport. What he has said is clearly racist, and it is irritating that he keeps saying he is not one. If Pepsi can rescind their contract with Ludacris over Bill O'Reilly, then the NFL should deny him the opportunity to buy part of the Rams, especially because of the players' objections to it.

    October 13, 2009 at 7:01 am |