Ultimately, I would argue purchasing an NFL team isn’t like buying 500 Bugatti Veyrons. The other owners in the NFL take a vote on whom they let join their 32-member club. In that vote, the owners will make a judgment whether Limbaugh and his partner are the best ownership bid. NFL owners have a right to consider a potential owner’s public conduct, in addition to the strength of his financial bid.
Several years ago, ESPN hired Limbaugh to be an analyst on its pre-game show, and he made an incredibly stupid remark about Donovan McNabb. The remark wasn’t the most offensive thing I’ve ever heard, but it was so far off the mark that it revealed that Limbaugh relishes in stoking racial discontent. Granting Limbaugh an ownership stake would be an affirmation of his behavior.
One final side note, after watching the excellent documentary “The Band that Wouldn’t Die” about the marching band of the Baltimore Colts that kept going even after Jim Irsay, the self-destructive owner, moved the team to Indianapolis, I think an owner’s commitment to a local community should be an overriding consideration in any bid. Additionally, the film reiterated that NFL franchises aren’t simply a purely private commodity.
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