I think it’s both just and hilarious that NFL owners think that Rush Limbaugh is too much of an asshole to share their elite club with, say, Dan Snyder. Not everyone agrees. Carol Slezak:

“I happen to believe that pro sports are a bottom-line business. If Limbaugh wanted to buy the company you worked for, you’d be hard-pressed to stop him. The NFL might be more high-profile than most industries, but the same basic rules should apply. You might not like Limbaugh — does anyone like Limbaugh? — but that’s not the point. A lot of people don’t like Vick, either, but he’s back in the league.”

Here’s the kicker:

“Limbaugh might be a joke, but there’s no NFL rule forbidding clowns from owning a team.”

Argh. Not exactly true: “Prospective owners must be approved by 24 of the league’s 32 teams.” This does not prohibit clowns from being team owners, naturally. But it does cause problems for people who say things like “the NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons.”

Anyone who’s followed the No Fun League should be fully aware that it’s a rich, powerful media company that’s obsessive to a fault about public relations, so the idea that a bottom-line business would be wary of Rush is neither surprising, unnatural, or bad for the bottom line.