Latest Diversity in sports News

Pipeline: Cascade of white owners has slowed NFL change

Dec. 03, 2021 21:50 PM EST

Over the past 100 years, around 110 people have owned controlling portions of NFL teams. Of that select group, all but two have been white. This basic head count might offer the simplest explanation for how, even with rules in place for nearly two decades that are...

Study: WNBA again earns A-plus grades in diversity hiring

Dec. 01, 2021 18:07 PM EST

A diversity report has awarded the WNBA high grades again when it comes to racial- and gender-hiring practices. The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida Wednesday issued an A-plus to the WNBA for the league’s overall,...

Holcomb still chasing dream of becoming NFL head coach

Nov. 26, 2021 11:04 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — As an African American growing up in Queens, New York, Al Holcomb spent his fall Sundays watching Tom Landry and the Dallas Cowboys on television, and dreaming of one day becoming an NFL head coach. The 51-year-old Holcomb has spent more than a...

Study: MLS ends 4-year fall in gender hiring with 2021 gains

Nov. 10, 2021 14:28 PM EST

A diversity report for racial and gender hiring in Major League Soccer saw a “substantial” increase in its scores for hiring women at the team and league level after four years of declines. Wednesday’s report card from The Institute for...

"Earnin' It" an NFL podcast focusing on women in the league

Nov. 09, 2021 02:36 AM EST

The most rewarding path to success in pro sports is by earning it. For decades, that road in the NFL for women has been filled with obstacles. It's begun to open up in recent years, and the stories need to be told. Which leads to Sam Rapoport and...

NFL enhances Rooney Rule to help interviewing process

Oct. 28, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

The NFL has instituted some policy changes to the Rooney Rule designed to further enhance diversity, equity and inclusion in hiring practices. The rule has been expanded to require teams to interview at least two external minority candidates for general manager/executive...

Second NCAA gender equity report shows spending disparities

Oct. 26, 2021 22:48 PM EDT

The NCAA spends more on average on male athletes than female ones, particularly when it comes to the “mere handful of championships” viewed as revenue sources, according to a new report. The law firm hired by the NCAA to investigate equity issues released its 153-page...

NBA struggles during 1950s, begins its rise later in decade

Oct. 20, 2021 10:13 AM EDT

A career in the NBA seemed such an uncertainty as the 1950s arrived that Bob Cousy considered driving school a better option than playing for a team he didn’t even know how to find on a map. “Basketball was at the bottom of the totem pole,” said Cousy, one of the...

Lapchick family felt backlash due to Knicks coach's views

Oct. 19, 2021 13:06 PM EDT

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Richard E. Lapchick shares some of the backlash his family felt that was directed at his father, former Knicks coach Joe Lapchick, for signing the first Black player to an NBA contract in 1950. The experience led him to his work today; Richard directs the Institute for...

South Carolina awards Staley 7-year, $22.4 million contract

Oct. 15, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — It certainly was a big day for Dawn Staley. South Carolina's national championship coach thought it was just as important for women's basketball and gender equity. Staley and the school announced a new, seven-year contract that will pay her $2.9...