Sunday, October 18, 2009

Boycott the NFL? Get a Grip, People

Some conservatives, justifiably outraged by the smear campaign against Rush Limbaugh, are blaming the National Football League, and saying they won't be watching pro football anymore. See this article for example.  Although even non-Limbaugh fans like myself were disgusted by the leftist tactic of generating false quotes designed to smear him as a racist, blaming the NFL and refusing to watch is a ridiculous overreaction.

The NFL is a big business with a history of problems with racial issues, particularly in its hiring practices, and already has its share of controversies on a regular basis. Like most large business operations, it has the spine of a jellyfish when it comes to dealing with something controversial that can be easily avoided. What possible reason would the NFL have for welcoming an incredibly polarizing political figure like Rush Limbaugh as an owner? Why would they want to do anything to incur the wrath of racial grievance mongers like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton? It's just not worth it.

Blaming the NFL for making an intelligent business decision is idiotic. There's minimal upside to having Limbaugh as an owner, and a massive downside. The ire of Limbaugh supporters and conservatives in general should be directed where it belongs -- at those responsible for the smear campaign.

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