It seems to be OK to refuse business saying, “No Shirt, No Shoes.” Can we say the same about Pig Headed Values?

Would it be legal for the Rams’ owner(s) to refuse Rush Limbaugh’s offer to buy the team?  And, if they did refuse, could they sell it to someone else for even for less money?   Is it necessary to state a reason for refusing to do business with someone?

Does cash trump conscience in the NFL today as this writer says?

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/columnist/sharp/2009-10-11-rush-limbaugh-rams_N.htm

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6 Responses to It seems to be OK to refuse business saying, “No Shirt, No Shoes.” Can we say the same about Pig Headed Values?

  1. jeffaregularworkinglawyer says:

    Generally, you can refuse to do business with anyone, and don’t have to give a reason. You can’t refuse to do certain kinds of business for illegal reasons. I.e., I can’t refuse to serve you at my restaurant because you’re black. I can’t refuse to rent you an apartment in my large apartment building because you’re a woman. Proof of illegal motive is obviously a complicated issue. Ask your daughter.

    One of my favorite law school cases was about a New York landlord who refused to rent an apartment to a lawyer because he didn’t like lawyers. That’s perfectly OK, said the court.

    The NFL has a whole bunch of rules about how it decides who gets to buy a franchise. The Rams’ owner can’t sell it without the approval of the other owners. They can let her sell to Rush, I suppose, but a lot of black players have already said that they don’t want to play for him. Free agents can just say no, but what about players under contract, or draftees? The NFL will avoid this ugly situation at all costs. Mr. Limbaugh has about as much chance of buying the Rams as I do (although for me, the problem is more about coming up with $900 million than it is about having offended any of the players).

  2. laurabethnielsen says:

    jsut to add briefly to Jeff’s comment — republican is not a protected category under the law. there was a talk the other day at NU sociology where the guy was trying to explain why university professors are more left than the general public. A question came from the audience about whether “discrimination” could be a factor and I could not help interrupting with the same comment I made here — you can hire or not hire (or fire) anyone for any reason but not an illegal reason. Discrimination is illegal but only for the things we have determined need protecting: race, sex, age, disability, pregnancy, national origin, religion.

  3. vickywoeste says:

    the other NFL owners can and do exclude people from buying into their club, as Jeff points out. And now it appears that Rush’s co-buyers have dropped him from their group (like a hot potato). The Rams players were openly saying they would refuse to play for him if he were one of the owners, regardless of how silent. Naturally Rush then compared himself to the victims of Hitler. I’d post links but it’s late and I’m tired; this is everywhere, NYT, AP, MSNBC, Alternet, TPM.

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