NFL receives overall B grade in latest diversity report card

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A new diversity report gives the NFL a high grade for its racial hiring practices and a C+ for its gender hiring efforts in 2016.

In its report released Wednesday, The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport gave the league its seventh consecutive A on racial hiring practices and a combined grade of B for hiring minorities and women. The second straight C+ indicates that the NFL still has a long way to go in improving hiring opportunities for women, but it’s a dramatic improvement from two years ago, when the numbers were abysmal.

Doctor Richard Lapchick, the director of the institute, is the primary author of the report card that independently evaluates the NFL’s racial and gender hiring practices at both league and team levels.

Reports are also issued on the NBA, WNBA, MLB, MLS and college sports.

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