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Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 at 11:28 am  |  21 responses

Study: 2010 NBA Racial and Gender Report Card

According to Richard Lapchick, the study’s author, the NBA continues to lead the way on diversity issues in sport. The study found that 36 percent of the professional positions at the NBA League Office are held by people of color and women hold 44 percent of the professional positions. Both are higher than any other men’s professional league.

Below are some of the highlights reported by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport:

· In the NBA, 82 percent of the players were people of color, remaining constant from last year’s totals. This ties the highest percentage of players of color since the ‘94-95 season. The percentage of African-American players also remained constant from last year’s report at 77 percent. The percentage of Latinos and Asians remained constant, at three and one percent, respectively. The percentage of international players stayed steady as well at 18 percent.

· Professional opportunities for people of color in the NBA League Offices – at 36 percent – increased from 35 percent for the ‘08-09 season. This is the highest percentage in the NBA’s history and the highest in the history of any professional sport.

· Women held 44 percent of the professional positions in the NBA League Office. This increased by one percentage point from the previous Report Card and was higher than any other men’s professional league in any previous Report Card though still below the NBA’s high of 49 percent female professionals in the league office in ‘95-96.

· There were 34 women in vice president positions in the NBA League Office during the ‘09-10 NBA season, which is an increase of three.

· Michael Jordan, who owns the NBA Charlotte Bobcats, is men’s pro sports only African-American team majority owner. He succeeded Robert Johnson, previous owner of the Bobcats.

· There were one Asian and eight African-American head coaches at the beginning of the ‘09-10 NBA season. The percentage of head coaches of color dropped from 40 percent in ‘08-09 to 30 percent.

· 41 percent of assistant coaches in the NBA were coaches of color.

· As of the end of the ‘09-10 season, 56 percent of the NBA’s referees were white, 41 percent were African-American and three percent were Latino. Of the 60 referees, one was a woman.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    Still not a single woman playing in the league. Such bullsh*t.

  • nicko

    @Ryan Jones
    hey man check out the WNBA. It’s essentially the NBA, just with prettier guys.

  • memyselfand9

    there’s at least one playing for the lakers.

  • andre anglais

    hahahhahahaha at all of the above.
    But seriously, say what you want about Stern, his Association seems to be pretty diverse. Now will some one buy out mr. sterling? (please? for like, so many reasons?)

  • 23-DOOM-45

    I heard David Geffen is talking about buyings the Clips

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    But still only one Mexican player in the whole damn league…racists. LOL maybe if more of us actually grew to be six feet or more!

  • http://www.yougotdunkedon.com LilKDub503

    @Enigmatic-Yeah, it’s always funny for me to standup and tower over a grown Mexican man on the bus.

  • Jeronimo

    “People of color”, as opposed to “people of transparent skin”?

  • JD

    Swear its less people of Colour than that

  • http://www.stuffwhitepeoplelike.com Tarzan Cooper

    Who was the asian head coach??? And why are black people called african-american? Only a few were actually born in africa. Why are white people just white? I want to be called european-american, even though I wasnt born in europe. such bs. All this labeling is designed to divide us. But really, who was the asian head coach?!?

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @Tarzan – Erik Spoelstra is Filipino. And I agree, why are black people labeled “African-American” when most never been to Africa? I’d be offended by that term, makes it sounds like the establishment thinks they’re second-tier citizens.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Umm, maybe because black people did come from Africa? Wtf, how is that offensive at all. Just as white people are white–white Americans. And if someone was called European-American, it’d be stupid for them to get offended It’s like Mexican-American. Or any other American. Most black people I know prefer African-American to the word black… It’s like Chinese-American, or Asian-American. You don’t say “yellow” (because, if you need to know, that’s actually a slur depending on how you use it).

  • http://www.stuffwhitepeoplelike.com Tarzan Cooper

    i thought it might have been spoels, he looks like something. filipino huh? teddy, im not offended, just weird that its like that. and most black people you know prefer african-american? where the f do you live?

  • C2

    Teddy if you say that all black people should be called African-American then you should agree that all white people should be called European-American, since we’re all from Europe

  • Groves@UWA

    Why does this ‘report card’ matter? we shouldnt be grading ourselves on how many people of ‘color’ or how many females are in the NBA staff… it shouldnt be that segregated like that.. all that matters is that 100% of the staff are professionals and 100% work together to make the league great…. Everyone should be in the same consideration when going for a job and therefore we should be priding ourselves on hiring a non white person as if it is some massive achievement, it should just be part of business in trying to get the best people in each job

  • Billy Sunday

    the reason why black people are called african-american is because white people don’t allow different ethnicities to be called just american. i.e. asian-america, chinese-american, japanese-american. you can call this the “hyphenated” americans. but this labeling can all go back to the slavery years and it still affects the way our society is. by dividing the minorities, it keeps white people on top and everyone else below

  • rich

    nd here i was thinking white people were on top becuase they had a 400 year headstart on modern society while they had Africans building their cities.

  • D.

    “Why does this ‘report card’ matter?”
    When a business comes under this kind of scrutiny and consistently has no people of colour working in in executive positions despite the very high number of people of colour in working class positions within the company, and a majority of people of colour in the cities it has offices and factories in, it can sometimes be concluded that the business is not giving equal consideration to all applicants for a job.
    The ‘report card’ might help gauge that kind of prejudice. There are plenty of companies who wouldn’t rate even remotely this well, and several have faced class actions over such racial discrimination.

  • http://www.facebook.com 9Steele9

    i guessss erik spolestra is asian..

  • BostonBaller

    Richard Lapchick knows his stuff. Son of an original Celtics baller, did great things in Boston (Northeastern University) and has gone through more adversity & hate than most of us modern day “Black/African Americans” have. I have had the pleasure of meeting him and his body of work speaks for its self.

  • nicko

    Hey guys enough of this race stuff. Let’s just all agree on one thing…that women should stay in the kitchen.

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