NBA Scores Big on Diversity Hiring

June 17, 2011  |  

(Sun Sentinel) — The NBA received the highest grade ever issued on racial and gender hiring practices among men’s professional leagues, continuing a recent trend.  The league received an A+ for race and an A- on gender for a combined A in this year’s Racial and Gender Report Card from the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida.  While the NFL and Major League Baseball have shown significant improvement on racial and gender hiring in recent years, the NBA is the only men’s pro league to receive a combined A. TIDES has been studying diversity hiring in sports since 1987.  “I think it’s the leadership of [NBA Commissioner] David Stern,” said Dr. Richard Lapchick, director of TIDES. “One of the things he said to me, ‘My goal is we’ll be so good we’ll never notice when people of color are hired or fired.’ I think the NBA has pretty much gotten to that point in those keys positions of coach and general manager and leadership on individual teams. They’ve just done an impressive job.”

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