NFL's Double Standard: Dump Rush but Court Sleazy Pop Singer's Ownership Bid

<p>&quot;How can the NFL overlook the a sleazy pop diva's questionable background while holding Limbaugh accountable for comments he's never made,&quot; wondered Brian Maloney in <a href="http://radioequalizer.blogspot.com/2009/10/pop-stars-nfl-bid-underscores... target="_blank">a Radio Equalizer blog post</a> yesterday.</p><p>While the NFL is presenting itself as merely gun-shy of the controversy Rush Limbaugh would bring to the ownership table, it hardly seems worried about the controversy that a saucy pop star's ownership bid would bring.</p><p>Maloney explains, pointing out a double standard between the NFL commissioner scrabbling to denounce Limbaugh while practically encouraging a bid from pop artist Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, an avid Obama supporter:</p><!--break--><blockquote><p>According to the AP late Tuesday evening, Fergie (real name: Stacy Ann Ferguson) <a href="http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/football/other_nfl/view/20091013fergi... been pre-approved at a meeting of team owners before even placing a bid</a>:</p><blockquote>MIAMI — Fergie may soon be on the Miami Dolphins’ bandwagon as a limited partner.<br /><br />NFL owners meeting in Boston this week approved the Black Eyed Peas singer as a part owner, but the team has yet to complete an agreement with her, Dolphins chief executive officer Mike Dee said in an e-mail Tuesday.<br /><br />Fergie and the Black Eyed Peas already have a marketing partnership with the Dolphins. She wears a pink Dolphins jersey in a campaign this month for breast cancer awareness.<br /><br />[...]<br /><br />Fergie, whose real name is Stacy Ann Ferguson, is a Grammy-winning singer and also an actress. Ross has said his celebrity partnerships stir excitement and reflect the vibrancy of South Florida, and he envisions the Dolphins as a glamour team.</blockquote>Hey, why shouldn't Fergie pass the NFL's political litmus test? <a href="http://showhype.com/story/obama_fergie_rocks_and_rolls_in_the_white_hous... an outspoken Obama supporter</a> who appeared at his nomination acceptance speech in Denver last year, she's got the credentials they're looking for (<a href="http://www.ihatethemedia.com/fergie-performance-horrifies-parents-at-whi... if parents are horrified</a>). She also <a href="http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2009/04/at_the_white_house_easter_egg.ht... with the man</a> whose oratory skills <a href="http://www.nme.com/news/fergie/39387">she finds &quot;amazing&quot;</a> <a href="http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/thegaggle/archive/2009/04/13/fergie-e-a-s... the White House earlier this year</a>. <br /></blockquote>

Ken Shepherd
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