Expanding the NFL’s Rooney Rule

 In the recent wave of employment, no minority head coaches were hired by a National Football League (NFL) team, instead, many of the positions were filled by current coordinator positions.  The NFL’s Rooney Rule, established in 2003, requires NFL teams to interview minority candidates for head coach and front office positions.  The Rule was implemented to boost the presence of minority coaches and managers in the NFL.  The Fritz Pollard Alliance recently proposed an expansion of the rule to cover both offensive and defensive coordinator positions as well as assistant head coaching positions.  Expanding the rule will improve effectiveness as it will allow more minority candidates who are hired in coordinator positions to be considered for head coaching positions in the future.  However, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the Rooney Rule will not be expanded, but rather the NFL will host a symposium “to help prepare candidates for interviews and to help expose them to future employers.”

Steve Wyche, ‘Rooney Rule’ will not be Extended to Coordinators, NFL.com (March 20, 2013, 3:11 P.M.), http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000152292/article/rooney-rule-will-not-be-extended-to-coordinators; see Steve Wyche, Fritz Pollard Alliance Rooney Rule Needs to be Expanded, NFL.com (Jan. 22, 2013), http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000129548/article/fritz-pollard-alliance-rooney-rule-needs-to-be-expanded; see also Mike Freeman, Minority Candidates Shut Out in Wave of Coaching Hires, CBSSports.com (Jan. 17, 2013), http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/mike-freeman/21570787/minority-candidates-shut-out-in-wave-of-coaching-hires.

(Development authored by Jennifer Riso)

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