Diversity Report Shows NBA’s Advancement in the World
According to diversity reports, the NBA is once again “significantly ahead” of other professional sports in terms of racial and gender hirings.
Today it was reported that the league received an ‘A’ in racial and a ‘B’ in gender hiring practices for the 2016-17 season. Overall, the NBA drew an’A-‘ grade, continuing its string of success since the start of the 21st century.
“They have been significantly ahead of the other leagues from the time we started it in the 1980s,” said Richard Lapchick, the chair of University of Central Florida’s sports business management program. “Other leagues have closed the gap and improved a little bit but the NBA has continued to improve as well to stay the industry leader.”
There are separate report cards issued to the WNBA, NFL, MLB, and a variety of college sports.
The NBA most definitely set the pace this past season, with people of colour making up 30% of the league’s head coaches, as well as 45% of the assistants. The NBA is also the first sport to have three owners of colour.
“There are obviously areas in there that need improvement,” Lapchick said. “This is the second year in a row that we’ve talked to about the lack of women in senior leadership positions at the team level.”
Although of course there is a need for improvements as time goes on, the NBA continues to be atop the sporting world.