NBA still leader in racial/gender hiring
by USA TODAY Sports, USA TODAY
The NBA continued to be the leader in professional sports leagues in racial and gender hiring, according to the 2013 NBA Racial and Gender Report Card that was released Tuesday.
The NBA received an A+ for racial hiring practices, a B+ for gender hiring practices with scores of 96.5 percent and 85 percent, respectively. The overall grade was an A with 90.7 points.
While the NBA is the still best for all three categories among the men’s professional sports, it did slip significantly in gender hiring practices as the NBA went from an A- with 89 points in 2012 to a B+ with 85 points in 2013.
“There’s no question that the NBA has been for almost 20 years now the leader among men’s sports when it comes to racial and gender hiring practices,” said Richard Lapchick, the primary author of the report, conducted by the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport.
The reports said that in the NBA league office, 35.7 percent of all professional employees are people of color and 41.1 percent are women. The League Office also had 44 women serving as vice presidents in the 2012-2013 season.
“I think he’s charted a course from the time he took over,” said the 67-year-old Lapchick. “I’m old enough where I was around at the point and a lot of people were criticizing the NBA for being quote, unquote too black. They were referring to the players at the time. But David Stern was right from the start someone who said we’re going to put the best players on the court and the best people in the front offices. And I think the result is what the NBA is today in terms of racial and gender hiring practices.
“It will be interesting to see if under (Stern’s future replacement) Adam Silver that leadership level continues. I fully expect it will.”
Here are some highlights of the report:
• African-Americans comprised 76.3 percent of all NBA players. Eighty-one percent of players were players of color.
• African-American head coaches represented 43.3 percent of all NBA head coaches, the second highest percentage in NBA … [For more on NBA best among sports leagues in racial/gender hiring, click here.]