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This paper argues that the NFL has notoriously favored hiring white coaches to lead their teams. Various statistics are noted in the paper, particularly that 65 per cent of the players are African-American. Additionally, the paper cites that African-American coaches have better performing teams. Next, the paper describes the role of coaches in the NFL. Then, the paper discusses the small amount of progress in diversity hiring, seeing a threatened anti-discrimination law suit in 2002, when the number of black head coaches stood at two. The paper also explores the dilemmas associated with hiring new coaches and the scrutiny team owners are under regarding this decision. It lists what is considered unlawful discrimination, and teams are required to follow this in their hiring and firing policies. The paper concludes by stating that since only 20% of the head coaching staff is represented by African-Americans there is still a long way to go in the NFL.
From the Paper:"The coaching question in the NFL is one of great importance and yet a vexing one at the same time. The NFL is a league that is dominated by black players; but there is only a hand full of black head coaches out of 32 teams. And in terms of racial diversity this seems like a gross imbalance. The NFL has been working to develop black coaches and have even implemented a minority coaching internship program (Nordlinger, 2003).
"The funny thing about the whole thing is that independent studies show African-American head coaches have far outperformed their white counterparts. This is all the more amazing if you consider that they are almost always set up for failure on the bottom teams in the league where the culture of losing is so bad that fans wear paper and plastic bags on their heads. Coaches are not only responsible for mastering the game plan but they also have to convince the community that their team won't be a source of shame. That's exactly what Marvin Lewis has done in Cincinnati, where a squad that was recently referred to the Bungles just won their division, or what Tony Dungy did in Tampa Bay, when in 1996 he turned the Buccaneers from a punch line into a contender ."
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- King, Peter, Mravic, Mark and O'Brien, Richard. (2000). "The NFL's Black Eye." Sports Illustrated. 92(5), p29.
- "NFL Improves Diversity Hiring Practices." (2009). 18 February 2010. <http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/09/25/sportsline/main5338610.shtml>
- Nordlinger, Jay. (2003). "Color in Coaching." National Review. 55(16), p25-26.
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