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Roger Goodell: Minority hiring remains "big effort" for NFL

Goodell believes it is important for the NFL to do better with hiring minority head coachesGETTY IMAGES

The lack of minority head coaches in the NFL is front and center once again, and Commissioner Roger Goodell stressed that improving that lack of representation remains a “huge priority” for the league. Noting the NFL over the past few years has put more of an impetus on minority hiring, Goodell said the league tries to “make sure that we’re giving our clubs the right processes, the right information, the right ability to make sure that they’re providing a diverse slate of candidates to become their head coach.” He added, “Head coach is clearly one of the most visible positions. It’s a leadership position, and I think it’s important for us to do a lot better there and that’s a big effort for us. … We’ve spent more time talking about diversity in our league over the last several years than any other subject. But the clubs are the ones that make the determination of when they fire an individual, when they hire an individual, how they do that. But we have processes and policies to make sure that’s a diverse slate so that we can make improvement in this area” (“NFL Total Access,” NFL Network, 1/17). 

RUNAWAY SUCCESS: In N.Y., Kurt Streeter writes the NFL "does not care about your concerns." It "does not care if you think the most recent purge of Black head coaches is proof the league’s vow to end racism is a sham," or if "you think the league is too 'woke' or caught up in virtue signaling." It "does not care if you've had enough of the debilitating injuries and the beloved players shellshocked by the game's inherent brutality." It "weathers all storms." It has an "ever-tightening grip on America and its culture." NFL games accounted for 48 of the top 50 most-watched broadcasts in the '21 regular season, and 91 of the top 100. Why should the league "worry about what we think, what we worry about or even protest, when more cash and better ratings continue to rain down?" One reason fans remain engrossed is the game's "unrivaled ability to bring people together." The nation's most popular sport "remains all-powerful in how it unifies, even during the pandemic, and when the divisions in American life seem to grow wider with each passing day" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/18).

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