Equal Opportunity, On & Off the Playing Field

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Publication Date

February 2011


The National Football League (NFL) hired its first black Head Coach in 1921. It was more than 60 years later that it hired its second. Today, after the implementation of ‘The Rooney Rule,’a quarter of all Head Coaches are African American. We look at the challenge of diversifying the NFL’s coaching staff, and find out why a hiring rule they devised is influencing personnel decisions in and out of the world of sport.

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WAMU 88.5 American University Radio's The Kojo Nnamdi Show