NBA Diversity Study Finds Job Gains By Minorities, Women

A diversity report found the NBA posting nearly across-the-board gains in hiring of minorities and women
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A diversity report found the NBA posting nearly across-the-board gains in hiring of minorities and women after a small, one-year dip in its overall grade. Wednesday’s report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida gave the NBA an overall A grade, with an A-plus for racial hiring and a B-plus for gender hiring.

The report annually examines hiring for positions with franchises and in league leadership, with this study using data from the 2021-22 season.

A year earlier, the league saw its overall grade dip to a B-plus despite its status as the leader among men’s professional leagues evaluated by TIDES. It was the first time the NBA had failed to register at least an A-minus since 2006, though institute director and lead report author Richard Lapchick noted then that the decrease had been due largely to a methodology change to include team ownership.

“I think it’s significant that they got back to that kind of (level),” Lapchick said in an interview with The Associated Press. “They were still in the lead, but this is a show of marked improvement over the course of the past 12 months. I think clearly this is really good news for the NBA.” Read more.

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