Jim Rooney, Pittsburgh Steelers & N. Jeremi Duru, Fritz Pollard Alliance and American Universit‪y‬

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Publication Date

June 2020

Conference / Event Title

Champions of Change: The RISE Podcast


Jim Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelers and N. Jeremi Duru, a professor of sports law at American University and Counsel to the Fritz Pollard Alliance, discuss the NFL’s Rooney Rule, which is designed to create more coaching and executive leadership opportunities for minorities. We discuss the rule's evolution and effectiveness addressing larger issues of bias and systemic racism, and explore what more can be done to increase inclusive leadership across the league and beyond. Plus, with the nation focused on addressing racism following the murder of George Floyd, we assess how leagues and teams have responded to calls for more action and engagement in tackling these critical issues.