On October 11, ESPN published the memo the head of the NFL Players Union (DeMaurice Smith) to his executive committee. After saying that he knows the ownership bid is in its early stages, Smith says, "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." That's a very clear message--even considering the bid would be an insult to the players of the game.
Today, Colts owner Jim Irsay told ProFootballTalk that he couldn't imagine voting for a Limbaugh bid, and went even further saying it's a topic he wouldn't want to even broach with the African-American people he knows: "I don't think I would even go to the point of talking to Tony Dungy, Jim Caldwell, Dwight Freeney, talking to those men and seeing what their positions are. I'm very sensitive to know there are scars out there."
Also today, in the New York Times Fifth Down blog, Judy Battista quotes commissioner Roger Goodell as not wanting the sort of controversy machine that Limbaugh is. (Which is hardly surprising, as the NFL doesn't like dudes with markers in their socks, because that's controversial.) Goodell made it clear though, that he doesn't consider Limbaugh just a brash goofball: Goodell referenced Limbaugh's Donovan McNabb bullshit: “It’s a polarizing comment that we don’t think reflect accurately on the N.F.L. or our players. I obviously do not believe those comments are positive and they are divisive. That’s a negative thing for us, obviously.”
So that's players, owners and the commissioner, all pretty dead set against Limbaugh joining their group. That's the end of that for Rush. Sorry, you racist druggie fat-ass, the NFL doesn't want you. Try NASCAR? (awww, SNAP!)
(links found via Media Matters)