Rush Limbaugh a Rumored Suitor for Minnesota Vikings: Why It's Great for the NFL

Josh McCainSenior Writer IMay 25, 2011

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 21:  Rush Limbaugh during the fourth round of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic held at The Classic Club in Palm Desert, California on Saturday, January 21, 2006  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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On the Monday broadcast of Rush Limbaugh's radio program, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty asked the talking head about a rumor that Limbaugh was planning to buy the Vikings and then move them to Los Angeles.

Limbaugh simply laughed off the question and moved on.

ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio and others are running with the laugh and since Limbaugh didn't deny the rumor, that it could be true.

Honestly, who knows, but I certainly do care.

Limbaugh is no doubt a polarizing figure and his borderline insensitive comments about Donovan McNabb several years ago have made him a pariah in the NFL.

In fact, Limbaugh was a minority buyer in Dave Checketts’ bid to buy the St. Louis Rams, but was removed when Commissioner Rodger Goodell pointed out Limbaugh's polarizing nature.

Me, personally, I'd like to see a polarizing figure step up and buy any NFL franchise because Al Davis isn't getting any younger.

Tell me you don't laugh every time you see highlights of then NFL Commissioner Pete Rozzel reluctantly handing over the Lombardi Trophy to Al Davis.

And it doesn't have to be Rush Limbaugh either; I'll take Mark Cuban or any owner who'd constantly make waves and piss off Goodell.

Especially if it means that one day when his team wins the Super Bowl we'd have to see Goodell reluctantly hand over the Lombardi Trophy in an awkward ceremony.

I'm sure Vikings' fans aren't too happy with this rumor, given that it consists of Limbaugh moving the team out of Minnesota (which I'm against, shoot I'm against moving any team, except for Jacksonville).

But I really do want to see another Al Davis owning a team, he's just too much fun. 

Well, unless you're a Raiders' fan I guess, but even they (through his nonsensical moves) seem to stick by him.

In all seriousness though, I think if Limbaugh has the capital and the ownership of the Vikings wants to sell to him the sale should go through.

Regardless of who the buyer is I've never agreed with the NFL's policy that 24 owners have to approve the sale.

It makes the NFL look even more like an "old boys club" and they'll only allow membership to those they deem worthy (but somehow they let Dan Snyder buy the Redskins?).

In this day in age NFL franchise are worth hundreds of millions of dollars (with the Redskins and Cowboys pushing the billion dollar mark) so few people will be able to get that kind of money together (even with a group of buyers). 

If Zygi Wilf wants to sell his team the NFL should let him sell it to the highest bidder, which there probably won't be to many.

After all the NFL has been touting the fact that it's given players like Michael Vick a second chance and Vick has made the most of it. 

Isn't it a bit hypocritical for the NFL not to give the same second chance to Limbaugh who's comments are nearly a decade old? 

After all, if a convicted felon can get a second chance in the NFL, shouldn't a loud mouth radio host?

If this rumor is true and Limbaugh buys the team, I hope he doesn't move them out of Minnesota.

And since the Vikings are one of the rumored landing spots for McNabb, how funny would it be if end up playing for Limbaugh?


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