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Rooney Rule's Effect on Team Diversity Within the NFL

Although there is a great diversity among players, following the 2008 annual diversity study performed by the University of Central Florida's Diversity Institute, the NFL received a B+ for racial diversity. Having faced criticism in the past for not considering minority candidates for coaching jobs, the NFL initiated the "Rooney Rule." The rule, implemented in 2002, requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate per head coaching vacancy. Entering into the 2008 season, the NFL had six African American coaches and five African American general managers, identical to the 2007 season. Four new head coaches were hired for the 2008 season, all of whom were white. However, following continuous requests from various organizations, the NFL has extended the "Rooney Rule" to senior operations positions effective June 2009. Although the NFL is taking certain measure to improve its diversity standing, its initiatives are still questioned by many parties.

1.Rate the effectiveness of the Rooney Rule in improving diversity within the NFL.
2.What impact, if any, do you think the new extension of the Rooney Rule will have on diversity within the NFL?
3.What should the NFL do to improve its diversity on all company levels?

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Although there is a great diversity among players, following the 2008 annual diversity study performed by the University of Central Florida's Diversity Institute, the NFL received a B+ for racial diversity. Having faced criticism in the past for not considering minority candidates for coaching jobs, the NFL initiated the "Rooney Rule." The rule, implemented in 2002, requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate per head coaching vacancy. Entering into the 2008 season, the NFL had six African American coaches and five African American general managers, identical to the 2007 season. Four new head coaches were hired for the 2008 season, all of whom were white. However, following continuous requests from various organizations, the NFL has extended the "Rooney Rule" to senior operations positions effective June 2009. Although the NFL is ...

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