Study: NFL Draws Best Grade for Diversity Hiring

CBS News, September 13, 2012

The NFL received its highest grade for diversity hiring practices but still has work to do.

The annual report by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport on Thursday gave the league its third consecutive A grade on racial hiring and its first C-plus for gender hiring—it drew C’s the past three years. The combined B score of 82.3 percent is tops for the NFL.

Richard Lapchick, the main author, attributes the improvement to what he sees as a push from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and his key managers.

“I think that it’s definitely all the commissioner can really do in addition to encouraging inclusion on the teams,” Lapchick said. “He can’t influence their hiring or shape the specific direction of teams. But I think by bringing in diverse voices that is definitely his thinking in the league office.”

Last spring, the NFL launched the Women’s Interactive Network to help accelerate career advancement for women in the NFL. It joined the NFL Diversity Council (established in 2002) and six other programs aimed at fostering greater diversity.


At the team level, the percentage of people of color with senior administrator positions remained constant in 2011 at 16 percent. {snip}


On the field, half of last season’s playoff teams had either an African-American head coach or general manager.

The NFL is enjoying historic gains in racial diversity among its head coaches, with eight head coaches of color beginning the 2011 season—a league record. The number dipped to six to begin 2012, with Carolina’s Ron Rivera remaining the NFL’s only Latino head coach.

But those losses come as the number of African-American general managers increased from five in 2011 (16 percent) to six (19 percent) to begin 2012. {snip}


Lapchick pointed to a milestone that may have important implications: Shahid Khan, a Pakistani-born American businessman, became the league’s first majority owner of color.

“Clearly, on the one level, it’s something a lot of people have been waiting for,” Lapchick said. “All these things are incredibly symbolic for the game. And people of color that have aspirations to be included definitely look at that as being very important.”

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  • Dan

    They can push die-ver-satay all they want since they’re not using one dime of my money. Why Whites pay to watch this rubber ball chasing Negro nonsense is beyond me.

    • They’re also very musical, I understand.

    • crystal evans

      The NFL is the most popular sport in the US. I will say one thing about the NFL diversity program is that this policy forces them to consider talented assistant coaches who may be ready for a promotion to head coach. Without this policy, all the NFL does is recycle former head coaches from one team to another who have had losing records at their former teams.

      • The__Bobster

        Football is the one sport where the color of the players is not immediately obvious.

        • Ulick

          I notice that Patriots coach Bill Belichick trots out a way disproportionately NON-black offense in comarison to the other 31 NFL Teams.

          The Patriots O-Line has been ALL white for several years now…

          The Patriots also utilize an undersized white running back which is almost unheard of (Danny Woodhead).

          And where other teams have a nearly all black receiving/tight end crew, the Patriots have really shifted to non-black receivers/tight ends the past few years:  Wes Welker (white), Rob Gronkowski (white), Aaron Hernadez (Hispanic), Julian Edelman (white/Jewish).

          The thing is that year-in-year out the Patriots have one of the best offenses and Belichick is resepected as one of the league’s greatest minds.  I honestly think that Belichick saw that black players are getting more-and-more ghetto every year.  The Patriots brought in a couple black receivers over the years who simply were not intelligent enough to understand the Patriots offense (David Terrell, Chad Johnson) or who were hot-heads who killed the team environment (Randy Moss).  I’m conviced that Belichick decided to go in a more astute, business oriented direction.and that white players are more dependable and more likely to understand the Patriots complicated schemes. 

          The Patriots, like all teams, still have a disproportionately black team on the defense side of the ball where reacting rather than thinking is stressed, and where violent tendencies are a positive.

      • jedsrael

        Study: NFL Draws Best Grade for Diversity Hiring

        Study: NFL Draws Best Grade for Anti White Hiring

    • LaSantaHermandad

      Actually the ball is made of Pig Leather. Notice the absence of Muslims in Football? 
      Where are the  Japanese, Koreans, Viets, Chinese, Cambodians (no Hmong people in NBA either)?  I agree with you about Whites. Anyone of those Black players would be willing to punch out a White fan or sexually assault his wife or daughter. There are more injuries nowadays than there were when the game was predominantly White. Blacks thrive on brutality.As for the Asians, football doesn’t really appeal to them. They seem to prefer Baseball because they’re capable of paying attention for longer periods of time. Having enjoyed a long career in education, I can attest to that.There are some Pacific Islanders especially Samoans.

      • Dan

         Once any sport becomes predominantly Black I quit watching it. I will not allow my money to be forwarded to people that want to eradicate my ethnic kin.

    • Charles

      You speak out of honesty my freind. We will overcome.

  • The__Bobster

    Dicky is an ethno-masochist.

    Lapchick’s life passion was sparked in Germany at the age of 14 while touring the Nazi internment camps of Dachau. Coincidentally, he was in Europe during the 1960 Summer Olympic Games and discovered the tremendous impact sport has to cross all lines, color, creed and religion. Thus, his dream to use sport as a vehicle for social change was born. It reinforced his early experiences witnessing public hostility toward his father when, as the Coach of the New York Knicks, he signed Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton, the NBA’s first African-American player in 1950.[2]

    • jedsrael

      The Ford Foundation Mainstreams Ethno Masochism Through Institutionalized Anti White Diversity Privilege



      Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

      Ford Foundation Fellowship awards are offered at the Predoctoral, Dissertation and Postdoctoral levels. Fellowships are awarded in a national competition. Awards are made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

    • LaSantaHermandad

       “he signed Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton, the NBA’s first African-American player in 1950”
      And it’s been all downhill from then on.

  • Hirschibold

    Sports are for white America what computer programmers call a “back door.” If some white man sits around all weekend, structuring his free time and his energy around worshiping multimillionaire black cocaine addicts who beat their wives and torture pitbulls, and then his daughter comes home with someone who looks like the men he worships, then he has no one to blame but himself.

    I can’t believe I’m quoting Bill Maher, but I remember in one of his standup specials he talked about how  after an NBA game a white guy will stand up in the stands and shout “We won!”

    “No,” Bill said, “you didn’t win. Five black guys who would hate you, and don’t care about you, just won.”

    That’s it in a nutshell. Life is too short to spend it watching grown men play children’s game for millions of dollars.


    • crystal evans

      Football is hardly a children’s game. Sure there are kids leagues but if a kid has the talent to be a serious player, he would more than likely be too big for his age.In fact, kids do not become physically ready to play the game until around age 14 or so. Most take the game seriously in high school and then spend the minimum time in college until it is time to go to the pros.

      • Hirschibold

        I am aware that the game can be incredibly complex, and that defenses can be as intricate is anything by von Clausewitz taught at West Point. My ultimate point is that sports are designed to make you healthier, and to encourage cohesion among peers.

        What we have and what I like to call the “American sports industrial complex” is the exact opposite phenomenon. We do not worship the team, we worship individual feats of athleticism which come at the expense of the team, like dunking and showing off, and since these are spectator sports, we are on the couch eating Doritos rather than having fun outside and getting some much-needed exercise.

        Pat Buchanan suggested a moratorium on immigration, at least until unemployment gets down below 6%. I would suggest a moratorium on spectator sports until less than two thirds of our population is overweight.

        Don’t get me wrong. I watched Vitali Klitschko fight last weekend, and I even went to the Color Line arena in Germany when I was stationed there in the Army. But when is the last time that you heard anyone in America talking about Klitschko as a hero? He’s never even been on the canvas, and his only loss was in a corrupt Don King engineered fiasco, when he was ahead on the cards. He has one of the highest knockout ratios in the history of the sport, and would decimate a prime Muhammad Ali. Type your comment here.

        • Dan

          Hirschbold, You nailed it. The Klitschko brothers are two of the most talented and dominant heavyweights of all time. Both have PHD’s and one of them (Vitaly) is actively involved in Ukrainian politics. Neither brother has ever been arrested and both speak several languages. But American TV often won’t show their fights because they don’t behave like some dimwitted Black savage. HBO and other networks tried to say it was because their fighting style is boring but the Klitschko’s have two of the highest KO ratios in boxing history. I actively seek out sporting events that feature talented Whites and refuse to send my money anywhere else.

          • Up to my neck in CA

            Boring = too White, You can’t have White dominating over blacks in any sport ever! I hate when they mention Tigger Woods when he is lke in 29 place…WHO CARES!!

    • Defiant White

      I hear you and I’m guilty as charged.  But I think there are other things at work – at least in my brain.  

      For example, I can tolerate watching teams that are coached and quarterbacked by whites.  But I can’t watch black coaches and/or black quarterbacks.  I can’t watch blacks like Michael Vick and could never watch Michael Irving.  Their off-field antics follow them on the field like a bad smell.

      But for the most part, most blacks just go out and play and this is one of the few places where I don’t mind blacks . . . in certain positions.  Using the analogy of horse racing, the whites are the jockeys and the negroes the horses. 

      I don’t think it makes me any less a WN to confess to watching football.  The blacks seem to be under white control.  On the other hand . . . basketball, track and field . . . even baseball . . . those have too many blacks and I don’t watch.  I couldn’t watch Olympic track and field, for example . . . but had no problem watching swimming.

      So, i think we whites have a complicated relationship with black athletes . . . just like plantation owners used to have complicated relationships with their slaves.  Personally,  I would welcome segregation in both college and professional football.   High school too.

      BTW . . . whites who are fanatical fans are a little questionable as people . . . in my opinion. Some people choose to live vicariously through others and that’s always sad to see.

  • jedsrael

    Against “Diversity”

    “Diversity” Is Discrimination

    “Diversity” Does Little or No Good

    “Diversity” Does Actual Harm

    “Diversity” Violates the American Creed

  • shmo123

    “Clearly, on the one level, it’s something a lot of people have been
    waiting for,” Lapchick said. “All these things are incredibly symbolic
    for the game.”

    Who? And for what reason? Who could possibly give a rat’s a**? Are these people completely brainwashed or what?

  • Now if the NFL could only fix that pesky problem of White QB’s and Coaches winning EVERY Super Bowl except Super Bowl XXII.

    • Oil Can Harry

      No. of Super Bowls won by a black head coach: 1

      No. of Super Bowls won by a team led by a black quarterback: 1

      No. of black-owned teams the last 100 years: 0

  • Just wanted to say that the NFL is a great way to make easy money if you have even the faintest grasp of statistics and hedging.   The NFL=Free Money in my pocket!

  • Defiant White

    Lapchick?  Perfect example of a demonic white liberal who makes it his life’s work to achieve “social justice.”    The guy has a fetish for de-whitening sports.  Supposedly it began in the early 60s when he toured Nazi concentration camps and then saw how sports “brought people together”   at the Olympics.  If I remember, his daddy was a basketball coach and hired some of the first blacks . . . so this demonic anti-white hatred is in the bloodline of this family.

    Except that the whole thing is a joke because while he whines about management equality, the PLAYERS are not “diverse.”    His own organization lists the percentage of blacks at 69% and that is despite whites being 67% of the population overall, while blacks are only 12.8%  Mexicans and asians barely move needle in the NFL.

    So why isn’t the unbalance of blacks earning the NFL an F?  Clearly there must be racism at work against white players?  How else can one explain such a disparity? 

    What say you Lapchick?


  • This is a little bit odd time of the year for the dork in Orlando with a fax machine to show his face.  Usually, we only ever hear from him in early January and mid March every year.  Sports fans can figure out why.

    What force in this universe would become a man who visits a “Nazi concentration camp” as a young man to dedicate his life to pushing out press releases celebrating how white a sport isn’t?

    • Puggg

      Issuing reports more than twice a year gets his name in the media more often and helps with his fundraising.

  • Shawn_thefemale

    All I can think of is some black comedian who used to do a bit about a football player.
     He had to put on his hemmet and shoba mapads. He had wear the hemmet because “‘a mind is a turrible thang….”  

    I guess you had to be there.

  • GB101

    Lapchick’s bean counting is risible.  The NBA gets an A+ for diversity in the PLAYERS category!  Really.  82% black and that is DIVERSE.  He is not measuring diversity.  He is measuring blackness, hispanic-ness and female-ness.  The more of each the better.  Using the word diversity is an utter absurdity.

  • Dr. Möbias

    “The NFL received its highest grade for diversity hiring practices”

    Yea, I noticed there were a few white guys this year.

  • LaSantaHermandad

    You reminded me of an interview with one of the Carpenter brothers who were owners of the Phillies some years ago. The organization was accused of being racist due to the apparent lack of Black players at a time when the Phillies were doing miserably and the PRess was trying to push the idea the an infusion of Blacks would vastly improve team performance. Well you know, after all they ARE the Scientists, Surgeons, Lawyers , Judges and other great intellects in all the TV series and the movies!
    Anyway Carpenter stated that the charge of racism was totally without merit. He said ” We will hire anyone regardless of ability”. He obviously intended to say “race”. He didn’t correct himself.