So it turns out that one of the other investors in Dave Checketts‘ potential St. Louis Rams ownership group is George Soros, the left-leaning billionaire who once vowed to use all his wealth to help defeat George W. Bush in the 2004 Presidental election. Soros and Rush Limbaugh, on the same team? What extraordinary bedfellows NFL capitalism begets. Montagues and Capulets, living together … utter chaos!
If nothing else, it just goes to show what formidable financial interests are at stake here, and why it’s no surprise that Limbaugh was left behind at the nearest bus stop once the heat was on. Whether the criticism of Limbaugh was fair or not, billionaires tend not to want a spare albatross as a necklace when trying to buy big, expensive things. Kind of ironic that the unchecked capitalism that Rush so openly worships is what ultimately did him in.
Meanwhile, Limbaugh took to the airwaves today to say that, when Checketts first approached him about being an investor, Checketts assured him that he (Limbaugh) had been “cleared by the highest levels of the NFL.” Wow, somebody’s lying.
From BLOOMBERG NEWS:
Limbaugh’s group is led by former Madison Square Garden President and current St. Louis Blues and Real Salt Lake majority owner Dave Checketts, who brings a wealth of sports industry contacts, know-how and credibility. Checketts also brings big-time backers like George Soros, who financed the duo’s failed attempt to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2003.
Checketts’s ownership of hockey’s Blues is backed by, among others, TowerBrook Capital Partners, which was formerly known as Soros Private Equity Partners before it was spun off from Soros Asset Management Group in 2005.
Now that Limbaugh is toast, we may see his supporters pick up pieces of the wreckage and start hitting Checketts with it. For example, what will right-wing pundits say about Soros, who, in his book “The Age of Fallibility,” compared the Bush administration to the Nazis? As PRO FOOTBALL TALK asked earlier today, is that as incendiary as anything Limbaugh is supposed to have said?
Meanwhile, Checketts confirmed this morning that Limbaugh was indeed out, and Rush responded via his radio show in typical, low-key fashion. From AP:
On his syndicated show Thursday, Limbaugh said he was approached by St. Louis Blues chairman Dave Checketts earlier this year about participating in a Rams bid. He also said Checketts assured him his involvement as a minority investor had been vetted by the NFL.
“I said to him at this meeting, ‘Are you aware of the firestorm?’ He said ‘We wouldn’t have approached you if we hadn’t taken care of that,’” Limbaugh said.
Limbaugh added that Checketts had told him his involvement had been cleared at the “highest levels of the NFL.”
Other Limbaugh quotes today:
“To make med the poster boy of racism was designed to intimidate the owners, who are really in charge of this league,” Limbaugh said. “The end result of all of this, folks, is that i have lost nothing. very little little. On the other hand, our country has lost a great deal. … I am the mirror. I am the man who showed us what America is becoming.”
Limbaugh said that the real reason he was dumped was because of “the blind hatred of the sportswriting community.”
“These people who enabled this event for their own personal and business reasons, who told all those lies, they’re going to be just as unhappy as they were before this happened.”