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“NFL Scores Its First ‘A’ on Diversity Report Card, Yet Still Remains at the Back of the Class,” The Business Suit, Defense Research Institute

May 2011
S. Philip Unwin

The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport Institute (“the Institute”) issues annual grades for diversity hiring for the NFL, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, Major League Soccer and college sports. Grades are not issued for the National Hockey League or the Professional Golfer’s Association.  Both leagues are overwhelmingly Caucasian..) On September 29, 2010, the Institute issued its 2010 Racial and Gender Report Card (“RGRC”) for the National Football League (“NFL” or the “League”), giving the League an A for its racial hiring practices and a C for its gender hiring practices, resulting in an overall grade of B. The A was the NFL’s highest grade ever received from the Institute for its hiring practices.

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