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MLB'S EQUAL OPPORTUNITY REPORT SHOWS WORK STILL TO BE DONE

     The Equal Opportunity Committee of MLB issued an update on
baseball's opportunity efforts over the past year.  The last EOC
report was in June '94.  Among the findings: MLB has seen a
decrease in the percentage of women in central offices and front
office positions.  Central offices include the Commissioner,
A.L., N.L. offices, the Players Relations Committee and MLB
Properties.  In '93-94, 111 women were employed in the central
offices making up 56% of the workforce.  In '95-96, women made up
54% with 76 employees.  But the percentage of women as executives
and department heads increased from 10% to 21% on the central
office level, but remained at 13% in the club's front offices.
The percentage of African-American employees in the central
offices increased slightly, but remained at 9% in club front
offices, the same level since '89.  The greatest increase was in
the number of female owners/investors in teams, which grew from
31 in '94 to 43 in '95-96.  On the whole, hiring numbers showed
no dramatic gain in any one category (MLB).
     REACTION:  Minority hiring changed little "despite promises
from owners to improve ethnic diversity" (DETROIT NEWS, 5/10).
ESPN's Bob Ley:  "If progress is measured by numbers, then Major
League Baseball is not making progress" ("SportsCenter," ESPN,
5/9).
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