The National Football League achieved its fourth consecutive A for racial hiring practices and a C for gender hiring practices in the 2013 NFL Racial and Gender Report Card, released by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida (UCF). This gave the NFL a combined B grade.
The NFL’s score for race remained at 90 percent for the second year in a row. The NFL received a score of 71 for gender hiring practices, a decrease from 74.5 percent in 2012. The overall grade for the NFL decreased from 82.3 percent in 2012 to 80 percent in 2013.
Using data from the 2012 season, the Institute conducted an analysis of the demographics of players, managers and coaches. In addition the Report includes a racial and gender breakdown of top team management, senior administration, professional administration, physicians, head trainers and broadcasters. Coaches, general managers, presidents and owners were updated as of August 26th, 2013.
- In the League Office, as a result of both hiring and promotions, the total number of women and people of color at or above the vice president level has continued to increase including an 11 percent gain from 2012 to 2013. The number of women at or above the VP level increased by 18 percent, from 17 in 2012 to 20 in 2013 while the number of ethnically diverse employees at or above the VP level increased by eight percent, from 13 in 2012 to 14 in 2013.
- League Office initiatives included the creation of a women’s interactive network, partnership with leading diversity advocacy organizations such as the Fritz Pollard Alliance and Women In Sports and Events, diversity training across the league office, establishment of diversity accountabilities for all senior leaders, enhancement of diversity recruitment resources, and the creation talent management programs. The San Francisco 49ers hired Gideon Yu as the first president of color in the history of the NFL.
- The Jacksonville Jaguars became the first NFL franchise to have a majority owner of color. Shahid Khan, a Pakistani-born American businessman, finalized his stake in ownership on January 4, 2012.
- The total number of people of color serving as vice presidents on NFL teams has risen from 13 in 2011 to 19 in 2012. The number of female vice presidents increased from 23 in 2011 to 37 in 2012.
- Claudia Lezcano Del Campo, Miami Dolphins, and Kendyl Moss, Atlanta Falcons, were the only women of color who served as vice presidents in 2012.
- There were six African-American general managers in both 2012 and 2013. This marks seven consecutive years with at least five general managers that are people of color. Ozzie Newsome became the second African-American general manager to win a Super Bowl when the Baltimore Ravens won in 2013.
- Nine out of the last 14 Super Bowl teams have had either an African-American head coach or general manager. The coaches were Tony Dungy (Colts), Lovie Smith (Bears), Mike Tomlin (Steelers, twice) and Jim Caldwell (Colts). The GMs were Jerry Reese (Giants, twice), Rod Graves (Cardinals) and Ozzie Newsome (Ravens).
- After having an all-time record of eight people of color as head coaches in the NFL for 2011, the number decreased to four going into the 2013. Ron Rivera of the Carolina Panthers serves as the NFL’s only Latino head coach. This caused significant concern among NFL officials.
- The percentage of people of color who held senior administrator positions on NFL teams in 2012 remained the same at 15 percent when compared to 2011 numbers. The percentage of the total senior administrator positions on NFL teams held by women held constant at 20 percent since the last report card.
- People of color holding professional positions on teams increased by seven percent to 19 percent. The percentage of women in professional administrative positions decreased one percentage point to 29 percent in 2012.
- The percentage of African-American players decreased to 66.3 percent in 2012 from 66.6 percent during the 2011 season. The percentage of whites in 2012 decreased to 30.1 percent from 31 percent in 2011. Latinos, Asian, “other” and international players were 0.7 percent, 1.1 percent, 1.8 percent and 1.4 percent, respectively.
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