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CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF SPORT IN SOCIETY ISSUES REPORT CARD

     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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