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GRADES ARE OUT: NBA GETS HIGH MARKS FOR MINORITY HIRING
Published September 13, 1995
The NBA received an A- for minority hiring, with the NFL and MLB both getting B's, according to the "Racial Report Card" put out by Northeastern Univ.'s Center for the Study for Sport in Society. The report found a record number of minorities playing in the three sports leagues: 82% in the NBA, 68% in the NFL, and 38% in MLB. However, the three sports took a step back in the hiring of minority head coaches, from 14 to 12 overall. The study also found no African-Americans heading a team's medical staff (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 9/13). In the "crucial category" of top level management, Center Dir Richard Lapchick said the leagues "have seemed to reached a plateau, as the NBA topped out at 15%, while the NFL and MLB had minorities in only 5% and 6% of top positions respectively (USA TODAY, 9/13). Among player unions, the NBPA and NFLPA received high marks, while baseball's union received a C- (USA TODAY, 9/13). The study assigns grades based on percentages, with A's given to those filling at least 24% of jobs with minorities, B's for 12% or more, and a C for those filling 6% (USA TODAY, 9/13).