Saturday, September 26, 2009

Yes, Yes we can have diversity and not go crazy


Still not good enough:
A new study found that the NFL has improved its hiring practices to increase diversity.

The league received an overall B grade in the report released Thursday by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida. It earned an A- for racial hiring practices and a C on gender hiring practices. Those are the highest grades the NFL has received from the institute over the years.

"We are making progress, but we are certainly not content," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. "We know we can do better and we are committed to improving."

The study analyzed data provided by the league on the racial breakdown of players and coaches and the racial and gender breakdown of team and NFL management and other officials.

The institute had not issued the league a grade on gender since it received a D+ in 2004 because the NFL had not provided the data. The league started providing data again this year.

Any hiring system needs to be fair, transparent, and open to all. That the NFL still needs to be watched and monitored is a sad enough fact of life; that there are people who would decry such a system is a tragedy. You cannot change things for the better without making the playing field level. Think of the coaches we would not have right now if someone hadn't decided to do something to fix the broken system.

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