Big Surprise: Unions oppose Limbaugh Purchase of St. Louis Rams. ESPN Assault to Follow.

October 11th, 2009

This post unites several of my interests. Football (the greatest sport on Earth), Rush Limbaugh (the greatest Talk Radio host on Earth), and Dave Checketts (the architect of the awesome 1990s New York Knicks, my childhood favorite team), so I’ll post it, even though it has nothing to do with the law.

As you may have read, Limbaugh and Checketts are in talks to purchase the St. Louis Rams. I was waiting for someone to oppose this purchase based on politics. Didn’t take long. From ESPN (where else):

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

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

I won’t rehash the Limbaugh-Donovan McNabb kerfuffle, other to reiterate what Limbaugh said. His comment dealt with the media’s perception of McNabb, not with McNabb. There was no racial animus in what Rush said. Anyone who reads Limbaugh’s words otherwise probably doesn’t care for Rush much, and wants to sully his name. But the facts are irrelevant when they do not match the liberal template.

Anyway, expect ESPN to latch onto this story like a barnacle on a whale, and run wall-to-wall coverage of Rush’s fated comments throughout their football coverage today. I’m surprised it took this long to make the proposed sale political.