Recent Articles

Diversity report shows NBA leading sports industry — Except in Minnesota, where it still lags far behind




The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) annually publishes the Racial and Gender Report Card (RGRC) reports on professional and college sport to measure racial and gender improvement, stagnation and regression in decision making, and other key positions. The MSR annually devotes more attention to RGRC author Richard Lapchick’s grades than does any other media in town. No speculation as to why the local pro teams and the state’s largest university diversity efforts don’t merit the same smell test analysis by mainstream media that it does here. TIDES last week continued its annual RGRC series with the 2012-13 NBA. The Major League Baseball RGRC was released earlier this year, and we briefly reported it.  A quick recap: The Minnesota Twins, as usual, failed in its diversity grade. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

NFL continues to score high in hiring diversity

Third in an occasional series

Historically, pro football has been slow to embrace racial diversity, especially at high-profile positions such as quarterback and coach. There was a nearly seven-decade gap between the hiring of Blacks as head coaches in the National Football League. It wasn’t until the 1960s that Blacks broke down the color barrier in playing quarterback, football’s central “thinking” position, but teams didn’t rush to undertake their deconstruction project in this regard. As a result, the NFL’s on-field diversity was slower to arrive than that of other pro leagues, but according to the 2012 Racial and Gender Report Card (RGRC), the league has scored its third consecutive high grade on racial hiring. To read more about this story, pick up a copy of the MSR newspaper:



Or become an MSR subscriber:


Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

Major League Baseball earns top grade for racial hiring practices

Twins’ diversity lags far behind league progress

Second in an occasional series

The 2012 Major League Baseball Racial and Gender Report Card (RGRC) released earlier this year gave the league an A for its racial hiring practices. “MLB has done an excellent job in continuing to increase the number of people of color in the League Office and for managers and coaches,” wrote RGRC Author Richard Lapchick, who is director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport. Almost 32 percent of the MLB Central Office staff were people of color, but only 9.4 percent of the 426 employees are Black. There also has been a nine-percent decrease in the total number of people of color as general managers and a three percent decrease in managers of color since 2010. Among top management (CEOs, presidents, general managers and vice presidents), there hasn’t been a person of color as a CEO or team president of an MLB club since 2003. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

WNBA sets the standard while Lynx falls behind on race







First in an occasional series


The WNBA recently scored its 10th top grade for race in the 2012 Racial and Gender Report Card (RGRC), which is published annually by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES). TIDES director and the report’s principal author Richard Lapchick and his staff uses data from the WNBA team media guides, and the league office provides personnel data to evaluate and determine final grades. The September 5 report said that the league set “the standard for racial and gender diversity among all professional leagues” as it scored an A for the sixth consecutive year. The Minnesota Lynx has had only two Black head coaches, five Black assistant coaches (2006 was the only year in team history when the entire coaching staff was Black) and one Black vice president in its 13-year history. However, the team has not hired any Blacks for other top management positions such as general manager, public relations director and community relations director; or professional administration positions such as marketing, promotions, publications and various other department heads that Lapchick annually grades. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,