Report card gives NFL B+ for racial diver

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  1. Rise

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    Report card gives NFL B+ for racial diversity

    ORLANDO, Fla. -- The NFL's rule that at least one minority candidate be interviewed for each head coaching vacancy is the reason there are now a record seven black head coaches, six more than 16 years ago, the author of several sports diversity studies said Thursday.

    The University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport credited the league's "Rooney Rule," adopted in late 2002, for the improvement.

    "It's been really fast-tracked in a big-time way," study author Richard Lapchick said. "I've always felt the commissioner [Paul Tagliabue] had high on his priority list to improve the record for diversity, but until then he just didn't have the leverage."

    The number of black general managers also increased from two in 2003 to a record five at the beginning of this season after the Houston Texans hired Rick Smith. Others at the position, not always called general manager but with equivalent duties, are the Baltimore Ravens' Ozzie Newsome, Arizona Cardinals vice president Rod Graves, Martin Mayhew with the Detroit Lions and James Harris, vice president of player personnel with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    There were never more than four minority head coaches throughout the 1990s.

    Current black head coaches are: Romeo Crennel at Cleveland, Lovie Smith at Chicago, Marvin Lewis at Cincinnati, Herman Edwards at Kansas City, Tony Dungy at Indianapolis, Dennis Green at Arizona and Art Shell, recently rehired by Oakland.

    Those changes helped the NFL earn an overall B+ from a B last year in Lapchick's report card on race.

    "Having talented people from diverse backgrounds has been and will continue to be a priority for our league," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said.

    However, the report noted that the NFL -- and other pro men's sports, with the exception of basketball -- continued to lag in hiring women. The report card did not specifically issue a grade for gender because researchers were missing information from the NFL head office, Lapchick said, but it likely wouldn't have improved much over last year's D+.

    The NFL did have a female president/CEO -- Amy Trask of the Raiders -- which is a rarity across pro sports, Lapchick said.

    The NFL did not immediately comment on the report.

    Lapchick reports on diversity in all the major professional sports and the NCAA.

    Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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  2. Ta Waki Mumba

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    What incentive does a team have to interview one of the handful of qualified blacks when they can just parade some talking monkey in front of the press, who has no chance of actually getting the job?
    If anything this policy (like all affirmative action)DISCREDITS black coaches. It would be much better for minorities to be actively and blantantly discriminated against since as least those who 'make it' are there not becuase of the color of their skin but because are that damn good.

    So overall I give the NFL a B+ in BS
     
  3. backrow

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    lol, i agree Ta Waki... i give your post an A
     
  4. cslewis1

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    Hey Rise, Gotta love it when diversity means no more whites. I remember about ten years ago, I was thinking about going to law school. One of the stupidbooks that rate teh schools, gave Howard accolades for being diverse, but was down on BYU for it's lack ofdiversity. Anyway, it was funny one of the schools that turned me down, my scores were much better than their averages, and I am a veteran, supposedly that counts for something, right? I wish I would have reapplied as a black. I absolutely guarantee I would have got in. And that pisses me off. All these rich black kids get preference over regular white folks. Makes me sick.
     
  5. IceSpeed2

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    UCF is a well known academically successful institution. When they say something, it must be true. Their diversity policies are brilliant.[​IMG]
     
  6. Don Wassall

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    The "study" is nothing but the latestideologically motivatedproductfrom the Caste System's very own Minister of Propaganda, Richard Lapchick. Lapchick is an extreme leftist whose every utterance is breathlessly printed verbatim by the corporate media as unquestioned authority. Lapchick is to the sports branch of the system as the ADL, AIPAC, NOW and the NAACP are to its political/racial branch. J. B. Cash wrote about Lapchick last year:


    http://www.castefootball.us/viewarticle.asp?sportID=14&t eamID=0&ID=22695
     
  7. Ta Waki Mumba

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    Thanks for pointing that out Don. I guess it's a lot harder to crack jokes about this report once you realise that it comes from a true believer.
     

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