Diversity in sports

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2008, file photo, Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy watches from the sideline as his team plays the Cleveland Browns during the third quarter of an NFL football game in Cleveland. Dungy is the first African-American head coach to win a Super Bowl and has been a strong advocate of more diversity in coaching hires. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)
May 19, 2020 - 11:08 am
The NFL is amending the Rooney Rule to require more interviews of minority candidates for head coaching and coordinator positions, two people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. Reacting to a lack of diversity progress in hirings for those jobs, the league will require teams to...
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April 01, 2020 - 3:09 pm
A diversity report for graduation rates among potential NCAA Tournament teams found a larger gap between white and black men’s players from the previous year, while male players continue to lag behind their female counterparts overall. The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at...
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Chicago Cubs minor league hitting coach Rachel Folden hits infield ground balls at the Cubs spring trainng facility in Mesa, Ariz., Feb. 5, 2020. Folden figured something out early on during her first spring training with the Chicago Cubs — long before the coronavirus pandemic wiped out team activities. None of the players care all that much that one of their coaches is a woman. (John Antonoff/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
March 29, 2020 - 11:17 am
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Rachel Folden figured something out early on during her first spring training with the Chicago Cubs — long before the coronavirus pandemic wiped out team activities. None of the players care all that much that one of their coaches is a woman. As for the girls she encounters, they...
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February 26, 2020 - 2:13 pm
Former women's volleyball coaches say they were punished for raising concerns about unequal treatment of female athletes and coaches at two South Carolina universities. The allegations are outlined in federal lawsuits filed this month in U.S. District Court. In one case, former Charleston Southern...
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FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2019, file photo, San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh watches during the first half of the team's NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara, Calif. The Kansas City Chiefs have perhaps the most dynamic offense in the NFL and the 49ers feature one of the stingiest defenses in the league. The men in charge of the units got interviews for head coaching positions but were passed over. (AP Photo/John Hefti, File)
January 30, 2020 - 2:42 am
MIAMI (AP) — It's common for coordinators in the Super Bowl to have a head coaching position with a new team waiting for them after the game. Not this year. The Kansas City Chiefs have perhaps the most dynamic offense in the NFL and the San Francisco 49ers feature one of the stingiest defenses in...
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FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2018 file photo, Allison and Bertrum Jean pose as they hold a portrait of their late son Botham Shem Jean at their home in Castries, St. Lucia. A public service announcement honoring the life of Jean, who was killed in his living room by Amber Guyger, a white Dallas police officer who said she mistook his apartment as her own, will air during the Super Bowl next month to highlight the impact of police violence, the family's lawyer said. (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News via AP, File)
January 24, 2020 - 1:15 am
DALLAS (AP) — A public service announcement honoring the life of a black man killed in his living room by a white Dallas police officer who said she mistook his apartment as her own debuted as part of an NFL initiative aiming to promote social justice and racial equality. The two-minute video...
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File-This Dec. 22, 2012, file photo shows Pittsburgh Steelers chairman emeritus Dan Rooney attending the unveiling of a marker commemorating the 40th anniversary of the "Immaculate Reception" at the sight of the catch on the Northside of Pittsburgh. In 2003, the NFL had three minority head coaches: future Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Dungy, Herman Edwards and Marvin Lewis. In the 12 previous seasons, there had been six. Total. Considering that the majority of the players in the league 16 years ago were minorities, that imbalance was enormous. And disturbing. And, frankly, it was unfair. Paul Tagliabue, then the NFL commissioner, put together a committee that established the "Rooney Rule," which requires all teams with coaching and front office vacancies to interview minority candidates. The rule, long overdue, was named for Rooney, then president of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the overseer of that committee. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
December 07, 2019 - 11:10 am
In 2003, the NFL had three minority head coaches: future Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Dungy, Herman Edwards and Marvin Lewis. In the 12 previous seasons, there had been six. Total. Considering that the majority of the players in the league 16 years ago were minorities, that imbalance was...
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FILE - In this May 6, 2015, file photo , LPGA commissioner Mike Whan speaks during a press conference at The Players Championship golf tournament in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Whan pulled the LPGA Tour out of a deep hole when he took over as commissioner nine years ago, and he’s not finished yet. Whan has signed what the LPGA described only as a long-term contract extension that keeps him in charge as women’s golf tries to expand its exposure through a new television contract being negotiated. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
November 26, 2019 - 1:44 pm
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Not even Commissioner Mike Whan is clear on the length of the contract extension the LPGA Tour gave him. That’s the least of his concerns. Whan says his contract has been structured in such a way that his departure — either leaving or getting fired — is not tied to whatever...
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Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores meets with reporters following a 27-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, late Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
October 30, 2019 - 2:17 pm
The NFL received its lowest overall score in racial and gender hiring practices in 15 years, according a new diversity report. The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport released its annual racial and gender report card Wednesday, giving the NFL a B for racial hiring practices and a C-plus for...
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October 23, 2019 - 1:58 pm
MADRID (AP) — Players in the Spanish women's soccer league have decided to go on strike after failing to reach a deal with clubs over working hours and minimum wages, the latest fight by female athletes worldwide for greater equality with men. Around 200 players met in Madrid late Tuesday and voted...
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