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SPORT IN SOCIETY CENTER RELEASES '97 RACIAL REPORT CARD

          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).  

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