SBJ/December 10 - 16, 2001/Opinion

Pay tribute to blacks as sports execs, too

I want to thank you for your excellent coverage of the business of sports. I really enjoy your special features, such as the one on the top female sports executives, for example.

As a 39-year-old African-American man who headed Oakland's bid for the 2005 Super Bowl, I would really like to read an annual special report on the top African-American sports executives.

I know the immediate reaction is that "We would have to do a special on each group." My counter is that it's confusing that we seem to want to pay special tribute to blacks as athletes, but not as sports executives.

It seems that we pay special tribute to whites as sports executives, only we don't say that, because we don't have to. So many sports executives are white that one can get away with another designation, like "Under 40" or female, and still hit the top white sports executives.

See my point?

Zenophon Abraham
Oakland

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