The Rush

Rush Limbaugh has made his living by been a spokes person for the GOP. His conservative radio show is loved by Republicans and disliked by Democrats and sometimes by Minorities. It’s not new news that controversy sells, and pushing every topic to the brink brings 2 parties sometimes 3 to the table. The party that likes the message, the party that dislikes his message and the party that just wants to listen in and hear the chaos. With this type of approach, Rush has made millions and now he is at a point where he wonders how to invest all that money, enter in the NFL.

The NFL is like the stock market but 20 times better. The owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers Purchased the team in the 1930’s for less than $10,000, and now the team is worth over 850 Million Dollars. Same thing with the Dallas Cowboys, the team was purchased for about 300 Million Dollars and is now worth over a billion. If you are a good owner in the NFL, you can triple your money by having good management, and even bad owners in the NFL still see a lot profits, due to revenue sharing. To you non football fans, it means all the moneys the league makes outside of ticket sales and jersey sales is shared by all teams.

The problem now is, Rush is facing a little bit of a backlash from black players in the NFL. Don’t quote me on this, but black players; make about 60 to 70 percent of the players in the NFL. Now his words might be coming back to bite him. The fact that he has pushed the envelope on a lot of race issues has sometimes made him look like a racist. I don’t need to put his words on display, a simply google search on Rush will get you all the information on him. At least 7 black players have come out and said, “I will not play for a team owned by Rush”. And I am sure more want to talk, but might be taking a silent approach. The NFL Players executive director DeMaurice Smith, also has voiced his opinion, and his opinion is one a lot of players listen to, since he is the one who helps the players get paid. So now Rush finds himself between a rock and a hard place. Should he scale back on what has made him a multi millionaire to possibly help him double his money, while alienating his fan base? Or should Rush simply forget his NFL dreams and do what he does best? Well only Rush can answer does questions. But one thing is clear to me; he will have to do something, because he can’t eat his cake and have it too.

But before I finish this, let me add my extra 2 cents. If Rush and his group do purchase this team, I think finding black players to play for him won’t be as hard as some think. He might have to start out by over paying for players. But first things first, white, black or any other skin color out there, the only color that matters is green. When you play in a league where your life expectancy is 3 to 5 years, then you goal is pretty simply, make as much money as you can, and as fast as you can. Black men have worked for many racist white meni. All you have to do is talk to the black men in their 60’s and 70’s and they can tell you stories all day. The days of using colored bathrooms, and colored water fountain and sitting in the back of the bus. Not to say Rush owning a team, will take black men back to those days, but my point is, when it comes to taking care of yourself and your family, whether your boss is a bigot is the last thing on your mind. We are not talking about $10 per hour; we are talking about millions of dollars. And professional sports are  the only venue, where you can go to college for 4 years or less and instantly become rich. So simply put, as long as Rush doesn’t go into the locker rooms and starts making black jokes, then finding black players to play for him shouldn’t be a problem.

Since this was written, Rush has been dropped from the Group trying to purchase the team. I don’t know if I should feel bad for him or not. I am not in the sympathy game when it comes to someone who makes millions a year, but in the same regard, I am sure he will use the situation to fuel his show for the future and possibly even make more, so how can you sympathize for Rush. Do I think he was black balled? Well I am undecided on that subject, but this much is true, as long as Rush keeps up the fight on his show then his entrance into the fraternity that is the NFL will not be happening anytime soon or ever.


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