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         Richard Lapchick, Dir of Northeastern University's Center
    for the Study of Sport in Society, writes a column in THE
    SPORTING NEWS on the results of the Center's eighth Racial Report
    Card.  He notes the "most notable conclusion" to be drawn from
    this year's report is, "The intensity of the attempts to change
    front-office and on-field hiring practices to include more people
    of color in pro sports clearly has been disrupted."  As in all
    previous years, no league received an A in the front-offices
    hiring practices category.  When all categories were combined,
    the NBA came out on top with an A-.  MLB earned a B, and the NFL
    got a B.  The NBPA and NFLPA had the best records of the six
    organizations examined.  Both got A's.  The MLBPA, which had the
    lowest grade in '95, a C-, did not submit a report in '96.
    Lapchick writes it is also noticeable that the percentage of
    minorities playing pro sports dropped in all three league (THE
    SPORTING NEWS, 9/9 issue).  Mike Dodd writes, "The news is better
    for women, who hold more jobs than ever in the three league
    offices, and are making progress in team management positions"
    (USA TODAY, 9/5).

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