Latest Diversity in sports News

Study: Women, minorities make small gains in FBS leadership

Jan. 6, 2021 3:59 PM EST

A diversity study finds increasing numbers of women and people of color in leadership positions at the Football Bowl Subdivision level of college athletics for 2020, though not enough to overcome a significant “underrepresentation." Wednesday’s report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Madison Square Garden  in New York sits  empty after NCAA college basketball games in the men's Big East Conference tournament were cancelled due to concerns about the coronavirus. With the virus raging in March, several conferences called off their postseason basketball tournaments, and the NCAA canceled the billion-dollar bonanza known as March Madness, proceeds from which trickle down in some form to almost every Division I school in America. 
(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

COVID, legislation, lawsuits signal change in college sports

Dec. 23, 2020 12:45 PM EST

The coronavirus was only one factor in a chain of events that consumed college sports in 2020, and is poised to do more of the same in 2021 and beyond. The virus, combined with the harsh spotlight that shined on racial inequality in the United States, further exposed the exploitative side of a system that relies...

Study: Graduation gap widens between white, Black athletes

Dec. 22, 2020 2:08 PM EST

The graduation gap between white and Black and football players on bowl-bound teams is increasing. The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport found that among the 56 teams playing in bowl games in this pandemic-affected season, white athletes graduate at a rate 16.3% higher than their Black teammates. A...

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2019, file photo, Gwen Berry of the United States waves as she is introduced at the start of the women's hammer throw final during athletics competition at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. In the summer of 2019, U.S Olympic and Paralympic Committee CEO Sarah Hirshland reprimanded Berry and fencer Race Imboden for violating Rule 50, which prohibits inside-the-lines protests at the games, after Berry raised her fist and Imboden kneeled on the medals stand at the Pan-Am Games in Peru. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

Listening to athletes, USOPC won't punish Olympic protests

Dec. 10, 2020 3:11 PM EST

The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee heeded calls from American athletes by announcing Thursday that it won’t sanction them for raising their fists or kneeling on the medals stand at next year’s Tokyo Games and beyond. The decision is a response to a set of recommendations from a USOPC athlete...

Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores gestures during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Study: NFL league office ahead of teams in diversity hiring

Dec. 9, 2020 2:31 PM EST

A diversity report in the NFL assigned high grades for the league office but lagging scores at team levels for racial and gender hiring. Wednesday’s report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at Central Florida assigned an overall B-minus grade for the league, with a B-plus...