The National Football League is evaluating a policy that requires teams to interview minorities for top jobs and wants to make it easier for Black people to become owners after criticism that the organization doesn’t do enough for people of color.
Of the nine head coach vacancies at the end of the regular season, only two were filled by minorities -- the Dolphins hired Mike McDaniel and Lovie Smith was
While the NFL has been bedeviled by questions about race for years, the bombshell lawsuit
“We won’t tolerate discrimination,” he said. “If there are policies that we need to modify, we’re going to do that.”
Goodell was pressed on why more Black people aren’t being hired for top jobs if they are being interviewed in record numbers. He said everything is on the table as the league evaluates its hiring processes, including the Rooney Rule.
On the team-ownership front, Goodell said he has talked with
“We have met with Byron a couple of times,” Goodell said, nothing that Allen isn’t the only Black individual who is interested in buying an NFL team. Goodell said the league wants to make it easier to enable Black ownership. The NFL requires the principal franchise owner to have a stake of at least 30%, which in many cases requires financing.
“We have worked hard to make sure we have as many candidates possible and put them in a position to succeed,” he said.
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