A new study done by the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport shows that 43 percent of professional positions in the NBA’s league offices are held by women, giving the basketball league its highest grade for gender amongst all men’s pro leagues.
“On the issue of hiring women, the NBA has far surpassed the other major professional men’s leagues,” said Richard Lapchick, the director of the university’s study.
When it came to race, the NBA was in their own league, so to speak.
This season, nearly 82% of NBA players were black, increasing on last year’s 80 percent. The 2008-09 season percentage saw is the highest percentage since the 1994-95 season. Additionally, the league featured 77 international players from 32 different countries according to NBA.com.
There were twelve minority head coaches at the beginning of the 2008-09 season (one Asian and 11 black head coaches).
The twelve made up 40 percent of all NBA head coaches, which is the highest percentage of minority head coaches in pro sports.
According to the study, the 59 black coaches in NBA history are more than twice as many than any other men’s pro sport,
Major League Baseball comes in second with 28 black managers in its history.
“The NBA has really made diversity a concerted effort and probably something more professional leagues need to do,” said Dave Czesniuk, the director of Northeastern University’s Sport in Society program