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SPORT IN SOCIETY CENTER RELEASES '97 RACIAL REPORT CARD
Published February 25, 1998
Northeastern Univ.'s Center for the Study of Sport in Society released its '97 Racial Report Card today, its ninth edition. The report analyzes the racial composition of players, coaches and front office employees in the NBA, NFL and MLB, and for the first time, includes comparative data for the NCAA and its schools. Among the major findings: College sport has the worst record for racial and gender hiring practices when compared to the NBA, NFL and MLB; the NBA has the best record while MLB has the worst in pro sports when it comes to hiring people of color and women in management; and gains are greater for women than for people of color, but the "glass ceiling" severely limits opportunities for people of color and women in top management positions with teams and in college athletic departments (Sport in Society). Report author Richard Lapchick: "Despite well intentioned efforts for diversity by league offices, white males still control most of our teams, front offices and athletic departments" (USA TODAY, 2/25). LEAGUE LEVEL: Lapchick said in '97, the percentage of minority group members and women increased from 21% to 23% in the NBA league office, from 18% to 20% in the NFL league office, and from 22% to 28% in MLB's league office. The only failing grade went to MLB, where top management, including ownership, received an "F" by Lapchick's definition. Lapchick's study shows that minorities make up 5% of top management positions in MLB teams' front offices. But MLB Dir of PR Rich Levin said that MLB didn't have complete information ready for the study. Levin said that 8% of MLB's senior execs were minority group members. Levin: "And the front office was 19 percent. We think those numbers are pretty good" (N.Y. TIMES, 2/25).