Study: NFL reaches new milestone in gender hiring
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The National Football League has earned its highest overall grade for gender diversity hiring practices, with the study's author lauding new initiatives set forth by the NFL's top executives.
The annual report by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport gave the league its third consecutive A grade on racial hiring and its first C-plus for gender hiring practices on Thursday. The combined B score of 82.3 percent is an NFL all-time high.
In the league office, 28 women and people of color worked at or above the vice president level, an increase of 8 percent.
On the field, half of last season's playoff teams had either an African-American head coach or general manager.
Jacksonville's Shahid Khan also officially became the first majority owner of color in league history.