Setting The Standard

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: June 9, 2010

ORLANDO — The NBA continues to set the standard for the industry as the leader on issues related to race and gender hiring practices.

As the 2010 Racial and Gender Report Card shows, the National Basketball Association had the best grade among the men’s leagues for race and gender as it has for two decades.

The NBA had an A for race, and an A‐ for gender for a combined A.

Based on the total points used in the weighted scales, the NBA earned its highest grade ever for gender at 89.1 (up from its previous high of 89 points).

The NBA grade for race was 93.8 which, while down from the 2009 Report when it was 94.9, was still higher than any other sport in the history of the Racial and Gender Report Card.

The NBA again received men’s pro sports only A for a combined grade for race and gender with a record combined point total of 91.5. In last year’s report, the NBA had an A+ for race, a B+/A‐ for gender and a combined A.

Richard Lapchick, the Director of The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) and primary author of the report, noted that “As he has since becoming the NBA Commissioner in 1984, David Stern has taken the lead on diversity issues in sport.”

“In the NBA League Office 36 percent of the professional positions are held by people of color while women held 44 percent of the professional positions. Both are higher than any other men’s professional league in any previous Report Card. David Stern continues to set the standard.”

Using data from the 2009-10 season, TIDES conducted an analysis of racial breakdowns of the players and coaches.

In addition, the Report includes a racial and gender breakdown of management in the NBA League Office and, at the team level, top management, senior administration, professional administration, physicians, head trainers, broadcasters, and referees.

The previous Report examined data from the 2008-09 season. The listing of owners, head coaches, team presidents and general managers of color for the 2010 Report Card is updated through May 15, 2010.

NOTE: For more information on the entire report, log on to www.tidesport.org.