SBJ/April 4-10, 2011/Opinion
‘Forty’ list lacks diversity
How you see it
Published April 4, 2011, Page 46
As one example, although a small number of African-Americans have appeared on your list over the years, I noticed the complete absence of African-Americans on this year’s list. And other groups appear to be underrepresented, as well.
This prestigious awards program should be inclusive, not exclusive, and I question why it does not reflect the full spectrum of diverse talent in our industry. I make this statement while also embracing an appreciation for the credentials of your 2011 honorees, some of whom I know and respect on both personal and professional levels.
Eckhart Tolle once stated that “Awareness is the greatest agent of change.” Always an optimist, it is my hope that your awareness of these omissions will lead to substantive change in the way SportsBusiness Journal — and, in an ideal world, the sports community as a whole — conducts business going forward.
New York City
Williams is a former executive with the NFL, NBA and Jacksonville Jaguars. He is the CEO of a New York City law firm and a Los Angeles media company.