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Ryan Van Bibber has been the editor of Turf Show Times since 2006.

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I generally disdain the mixture of politics and sport, though you can't always have them divided onto neat individual plates. I suspect if you really staked your rooting on where the loyalties of ownership lie a quick scan of campaign finance records would force a major realignment among fans in all professional leagues. Bill DeWitt, Jr., the owner of St. Louis' interminably popular Cardinals baseball team, was one of George W. Bush's so-called "Pioneers," a group of fundraisers that brought in notably high levels of cash for the campaign. That hasn't made the Cardinals any less popular.

Rush Limbaugh is a different beast. Like them or not, Bush, Obama and their ilk are all legitimately elected political leaders. Supporting either one on either ticket isn't really an act of controversy. Limbaugh made his fortune inviting controversy. That said, he's a pretty shrewd guy. Sometimes I wonder if he believes half of the stuff he says. He's clearly identified a ready-made audience and has exploited that to his advantage. A guy like that has to understand that part of an NFL team requires that he not alienate his audience, but then again, maybe he's figured out that fans just don't give a rip about who the guy in the owner's box votes for... or makes charged comments about; they just want to see the product on the field.

The question that might be more appropriate here is whether or not he'll be a Dan Synder type owner. Limbaugh, obviously, speaks his mind, or at least does a great job pretending to. How does that translate to NFL ownership?

Also, it remains to be seen just how much of the team he would own or what role he might play in the ownership group that buys the 60% stake. He could be just another schlub with lots of money, just a schlub with a job that makes him loved and despised by the public.

I still wouldn't count Stan Kroenke out of the race. Wal-Mart haters be warned.

By Ryan Van Bibber  |  October 7, 2009; 4:14 AM ET  | Category:  St. Louis Rams , Washington Redskins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Football will officially, officially no longer be a sport. It is entertainment.

I know, I know, it's been entertainment for a while but there was still this idea, dispite the street thugs they hire, such as Michale Vick, football was still a sport that taught honesty, sportsmanship, and honor.

Now, at least, there will be no pretense. Football is entertainment and just like all entertainers Rush and his kind (ilk as noted above) will do anything, say anything, and hire anyone to get a bigger share of American's money.

Oh well. Americans willingly fork over their hard earned cash to the Limbaugh and the NFL despite claiming to hate entertainment elites. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Posted by: arancia12 | October 7, 2009 9:23 AM

With all the felons playing in the league, what's another pill-popping drug abuser?

Posted by: whirlwind81 | October 7, 2009 9:26 AM

Rush is used to tauting the Free Speech line, and he feeds his own free speech to his ditto-heads, and he is beloved. Good for him, espcially since it makes him much $$$. So, as a RAMs owner, if he decides to fiddle with player and coach selection, he will indeed fail, thus turning some ditto-heads RAMs fans into Rush-haters. This is a VERY GOOD thing! The more Rush-haters there are, the better. So...let him buy the RAMs and screw up and alienate people.

Posted by: schaeffz | October 7, 2009 10:42 AM

When did this happen?
If the NFL commish does not sqaush this attempt quickly, he is being hypocritical about his policy of good behaviour for NFL personnel.
Drugs, racism, divisive comments.
Rush would have received a lifetime ban by the Roger G. by now and you would let him own?

Posted by: zariah | October 9, 2009 8:48 PM

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