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Sources: Checketts to drop Limbaugh
ESPN.com ^ | October 14, 2009 | Adam Schefter

Posted on 10/14/2009 12:48:14 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia

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To: KarlInOhio

>> Being an owner of an NFL franchise is very profitable. Those who have knowingly slandered and libeled Rush might be vulnerable to tens or hundreds of millions of dollars of damages. <<

If the court can find that the media willingly slandered him and that resulted in a loss, then I say sue the MSM untill they are penniless.


51 posted on 10/14/2009 1:04:09 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Sgt_Schultze

Do they use steroids in football? Or is Congress only interested in baseball players?


52 posted on 10/14/2009 1:04:28 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: poobear

No silent partners allowed. Must be disclosed, but who cares. Its ratings month and I am sure that was part of the equation. Being a fan of the Rams, I was completely stoked at first hearing this. Now, not so much a big deal as long as current ownership sells.


53 posted on 10/14/2009 1:04:36 PM PDT by Bruinator (People are.............Stupid)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Could sue the NFL for a few tens of millions? Would be great.


54 posted on 10/14/2009 1:04:48 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Eagle50AE
The Raiders have a Great QB ,,,

That's news to me.

55 posted on 10/14/2009 1:05:01 PM PDT by Night Hides Not (If Dick Cheney = Darth Vader, then Joe Biden = Dark Helmet)
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To: Ouderkirk

That would be neat, but I don’t think Rush wants any more to do within New York State based on his IRS woes for “working” in NYC...


56 posted on 10/14/2009 1:06:20 PM PDT by mikrofon (Bills BUMP)
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To: a fool in paradise

No. There are no steroids in football ;-)


57 posted on 10/14/2009 1:06:24 PM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: Sgt_Schultze

Rush is too classy.
He LOVES the NFL and wouldn’t stoop to such tactics.


58 posted on 10/14/2009 1:06:30 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Maybe Rush will stop offering free advertising to this entertainment group on his program. Act as if the NFL does not exist. The world would be no less if it disappeared.


59 posted on 10/14/2009 1:06:51 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Why not "interpret" your tax returns like the Supreme Court "interprets" the Constitution?)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

It’s a pretty sad state of affairs when a no talent skank-ho like Fergie can become an owner of the Dolphins but an overweight smoker with a drug problem like Limbaugh can’t even buy into a team.


60 posted on 10/14/2009 1:07:23 PM PDT by CholeraJoe (Member of AARP - Armed And Really Pi$$ED!)
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To: SJSAMPLE

You’re probably right.


61 posted on 10/14/2009 1:08:20 PM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Sissified white “men” groveling on their knees as usual.

I guess women are our future leaders now.


62 posted on 10/14/2009 1:08:31 PM PDT by roses of sharon (THE ONION FOLDS in light of the Obama Peace Prize... "We officially cannot top that.")
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To: gov_bean_ counter

I didn’t hear all of Rush today, but I did hear him going after Jesse Jackson, et. al. , citing ugly incidents in their distant pasts ( which highlight the nothing but ugly incidents since then.) This news may have broken just as he was going off the air, which was 3 PM in this New York Market.
This Dave Checketts sounds like a Grade A a-hole.


63 posted on 10/14/2009 1:09:40 PM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: Lexington Green

I still think Rush should buy an NBA team outright. Many panties would wad up.

I’d much prefer he buy a NASCAR franchise.


64 posted on 10/14/2009 1:09:55 PM PDT by Never on my watch (The lunatics are in the White House - meet me on the dark side of the Moon.)
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To: Night Hides Not

>>> The Raiders have a Great QB ,,,

That’s news to me. <<<

WOOPS... Sorry , I’m so ruffled up I forgot to put the /SARC


65 posted on 10/14/2009 1:10:26 PM PDT by Eagle50AE (Pray for our Armed Forces.)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

And on the other end of the spectrum...

I never have watched any kind of sports.
I would have watched whatever team Rush bought, though.

Their loss.


66 posted on 10/14/2009 1:11:12 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (30-year smoker, E-Cigs helped me quit, and O wants me back smoking again?)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

tough noogies........find an interim buyer and have him sell out to Rush later.


67 posted on 10/14/2009 1:11:24 PM PDT by tioga (Drip, Drip, Drip.........the ACORNS are falling.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

So Rush can’t be an owner because of something he was accused of saying but DIDN’T say. This isn’t the America I would have died to defend.


68 posted on 10/14/2009 1:11:32 PM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

You make, as they say, a “good point”, and one that Rush will probably take up tomorrow. I think Rush should put together his own group of investors, and try to buy a different team. But, I seriously couldn’t care less about football. Rush should get into the only sport I care about, which is horseracing. It would be interesting to see him butt heads with the bottomless money-pit Arabs.


69 posted on 10/14/2009 1:12:06 PM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: RckyRaCoCo

I’m a Lions fan, too. I live in Chicago so I get to watch them 3 times a year; home & home with DaBears and Thanksgiving.


70 posted on 10/14/2009 1:12:36 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (FreepMail me if you want on the Bourbon ping list!)
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To: GeronL

National Felon League thinks bad of Rush......film at 11.


71 posted on 10/14/2009 1:13:15 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Why exactly does Congress allow this obvious violation of the anti monopoly laws?


72 posted on 10/14/2009 1:14:20 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The Second Amendment. Don't MAKE me use it.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I think its called the tyranny of the minority.


73 posted on 10/14/2009 1:14:39 PM PDT by ully2 (ully)
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To: equalitybeforethelaw
"I always thought this was a great way to promote Rush and his show"

Rush doesn't need to promote his show, believe me...he is an avid fan of football and he wanted to buy part of the team.

I don't know what the libs think he could have done insofar as changing anything - especially racial stuff - as he was to be a part-owner, with probably little or no control over who plays and who doesn't.

Think how they would all squeal if Rush were to announce he was going to run for President....wow.
74 posted on 10/14/2009 1:14:52 PM PDT by FrankR (To Congress: You cram it down our throats in '09, We'll shove it up your ass in '10!)
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To: GraceG

“If the court can find that the media willingly slandered him.”

NYT v. Sullivan also provides for a “reckless” standard.

Malice is a given. They are deadmeat without solid sourcing.


75 posted on 10/14/2009 1:15:10 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (FreepMail me if you want on the Bourbon ping list!)
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Yes, and I plan on jumping on the bandwagon to add my (and many, many other) voices to complain to the various media and sponsor outlets that employ these vermin, beginning with Sanchez and working all the way through the swamp!

As Ms. Pelosi so adequately stated upon climbing to the top of the dung heap of the criminals in the dimocRAT House, "It's time to drain the swamp!"

Well, Ms. Pelosi (and especially you, Sanchez, let the draining begin today and let it begin with Rush and me!!!)

76 posted on 10/14/2009 1:21:49 PM PDT by zerosix (native sunflower)
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To: Varda

My team stinks, but I am also getting tired of the NFL - its all about the spectacle - like professional wrestling combined with Las Vegas. I feel the Dan Snyder’s and Jerry Jones’ run the league, and parity among teams is declining fast. I’m also tired of the thugs like Ray Lewis. Throw in the NFL’s new-found political correctness, and it really is becoming too much. I think the NFL’s best days are behind it.

16 more Sundays of free-time per year sounds pretty nice also.


77 posted on 10/14/2009 1:21:59 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: GoCards

just think if whites stopped supporting the racists??????


78 posted on 10/14/2009 1:22:27 PM PDT by Freddd (CNN is not credible.)
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To: Never on my watch

Rush should buy the rights to the now-defunct Arena Football League and have a whole league to himself!


79 posted on 10/14/2009 1:23:16 PM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Refugee from the World of Doomed Olsens)
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To: roses of sharon; All

The Colts are already “dead” to me.

I actually watched a football game BECAUSE of rush. I have gone off the sport due to the BS of the past few years.

They drop Rush I will drop them. BTW has anyone noticed how ford does not advertise on monday night football but government motors and chysler do?


80 posted on 10/14/2009 1:24:23 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: JoSixChip

Obambi is already having an effect on NASCAR when GM and Chrysler scaled back their support for the sport.


81 posted on 10/14/2009 1:26:06 PM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is the 4th of July, democrats believe every day is April 15)
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To: KarlInOhio

I won’t support the NFL in any way ever again.

Including the superbowl.

Blacks want to be the owners......and 2/3 of the players are black...let the blacks support it...

Oh they can’t...they are only 13% of the population. Imagine if whites stopped supporting the NFL.


82 posted on 10/14/2009 1:26:32 PM PDT by Freddd (CNN is not credible.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Now that the NFL is about 80 % or more black. How long before they throw out all white owners ? You can’t possibly have white people owning players can we ? We are no longer living in the land of the Free Folks.


83 posted on 10/14/2009 1:29:14 PM PDT by dbrew2u
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To: longtermmemmory
This is Rush vs Hussein, it has ZERO to do with football.

The blacks in the NFL hate his politics because he does not coddle them.

84 posted on 10/14/2009 1:30:14 PM PDT by roses of sharon (THE ONION FOLDS in light of the Obama Peace Prize... "We officially cannot top that.")
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To: FrankR

All you said is true - but Rush knows he is a lightning rod, because he spent a lifetime cultivating that persona. I enjoy Rush and have for many years - my observation is the NFL is an “in crowd” who revel in their own specialness. When asked to define or defend their specialness, the in crowd becomes scared and frightened. Rush detractors frighten them, not Rush. The NFL owners are a very fragile and frightened group. You would be too if you were that leveraged and completely dependent on positive public relations based on your star players who last year were gangbangers. So Rush as owner becomes a bridge too far. This outcome was known going in. Personally, I believe Rush knew this but saw an opportunity to brand a new audience to himself and create endless personality wars for future programming. I am just not surprised by the ending.


85 posted on 10/14/2009 1:31:06 PM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

And so it ends.

A competent, self-made businessman is denied the opportunity to buy a business simply because others disliked his political orientation.

One of the most blatant cases of discrimination I’ve ever seen, if you ask me.


86 posted on 10/14/2009 1:31:09 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Hope....Change...Bullsh*t)
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To: Night Hides Not

No kidding. J Russel is horrible... Hes a High School QB playing in the NFL. Al Davis Always spending money on losers.


87 posted on 10/14/2009 1:31:09 PM PDT by crazydad
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

So this is just one more of many many reasons we stopped watching any NFL any thing years ago. If it’s NFL it does not exist as far as our attention or money is concerned.


88 posted on 10/14/2009 1:31:16 PM PDT by Pilated
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Limbaugh now has grounds to sue.

And he should.


89 posted on 10/14/2009 1:32:30 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: PGR88

My team just won the Super Bowl (fortunately my hockey team just won the Stanley Cup) and the on field product is good but I hate the intrusion of liberalism. If I wanted that I would tune in CNN. The NFL is becoming all about bigotry which IMO is why the thugs are ignored.


90 posted on 10/14/2009 1:32:58 PM PDT by Varda
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To: KarlInOhio
Being an owner of an NFL franchise is very profitable. Those who have knowingly slandered and libeled Rush might be vulnerable to tens or hundreds of millions of dollars of damages.

I hope Rush sues - I said that to someone earlier today before this latest news even came out. Limbaugh cannot let this slide as it sets a very bad precedent.

There is a preponderance of evidence that could be used in a trial, most of which has been made very publicly.


91 posted on 10/14/2009 1:33:39 PM PDT by khnyny (Too much power in too few hands is always a bad idea.)
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To: Never on my watch

I think Rush should shift his focus and buy NBC now.


92 posted on 10/14/2009 1:34:37 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: a fool in paradise
The NFL thinks that people like Keith Olberman and Hunter S. Thompson are GOOD for the sport but that someone with a background in profession sports franchises like Rush Limbaugh has no business investing his money in a team. All because of a false smear being spread by DNC Brownshirts.

Hunter is currently dead and theoretically paying for his sins, but Adolf H. Olbermann is still a member in good standing of the Rahm-controlled media and is inflicted upon NBC football viewers weekly.

BTW, thanks ESPN for letting us know that "DeMaurice" is black - we'd never have been able to guess.

93 posted on 10/14/2009 1:36:20 PM PDT by PermaRag (the stock market will stop bleeding when those who manipulate it START bleeding)
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To: dbrew2u

The NFL is beyond stupid.

They let IN Jessie “the liar” Jackson and Al “Brawly” Sharpton and now the NFL will have answer to the race baiters.


94 posted on 10/14/2009 1:36:35 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: dbrew2u

The NFL is beyond stupid.

They let IN Jessie “the liar” Jackson and Al “Brawly” Sharpton and now the NFL will have answer to the race baiters.


95 posted on 10/14/2009 1:36:36 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: RandallFlagg

I’ve rooted for the Eagles all my life. I would have ditched them and become a Rams fan the instant the sale happened.

BTW, got my first ecig yesterday (a DSE901). Having some battery issues, but when it works, it’s awesome.


96 posted on 10/14/2009 1:36:46 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

What complete nonsense.


97 posted on 10/14/2009 1:38:27 PM PDT by roses of sharon (THE ONION FOLDS in light of the Obama Peace Prize... "We officially cannot top that.")
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

One of those who made a comment said: “The NFL can’t afford to polarize any fans or potential fans.”

That’s exactly what they will be doing by buying into the lies told about Rush Limbaugh. It would be an entirely different matter if the accusations made against Rush were true. But, anyone who has listened to Rush knows he is not racist.

Even the comments about McNabb were mischaracterized for political reasons. The problem isn’t Rush’s hatred. He isn’t a hater. The problem is the lack of backbone in those who will not stand up to political correctness and to those who use it to foment hatred with lies. The refusal to do so only spreads ignorance and discord which plays into the hands of those attempting to take away freedom from all of us.

This has so sickened and disgusted me, and my family, that it is cementing our already diminishing interest in the NFL as it is today. They are destroying the enjoyment of the game.

Rush has 20 million listeners. I can’t imagine that we, in my family, are the only ones who feel that way.


98 posted on 10/14/2009 1:38:54 PM PDT by LucyJo
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To: JaguarXKE

I hope he sues too.

I also think Rush may be ahead of the game not participating because St. Louis is not faring all that well economically nor are the Rams faring all that well competitively.


99 posted on 10/14/2009 1:40:59 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, just wait till it is free! "~ PJ O'Rourke)
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To: equalitybeforethelaw
So Rush as owner becomes a bridge too far. This outcome was known going in. Personally, I believe Rush knew this but saw an opportunity to brand a new audience to himself and create endless personality wars for future programming. I am just not surprised by the ending.

Now if I were a complete and total cynic, I would agree with you and say something like this: "Well, Rush had to do something to get the mojo back from Glenn Beck, who had eclipsed Rush a month or two ago. Beck was all the talk in the State-Run Media. Now the chatter is back on Rush."

But I'm not quite that cynical just yet. I do think Rush is sincere in his love for the sport. I've listened to him for twenty years and he's not changed a whit in his passion for it. So I think he was really interested in being an owner.

But I agree with you that he had to have an inkling that this is how it might work out.

100 posted on 10/14/2009 1:41:06 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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