The National Basketball Association received an overall grade of “A” in the 2019 Racial and Gender Report Card, which was issued by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport.
According to The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) report card, the NBA earned an “A+” for racial hiring and a “B” for gender hiring, putting the league far above all other men’s professional sports leagues.
“I had no doubt the NBA would be the leader among pro sports on issues of diversity and inclusion,” said Len Elmore, a senior lecturer in the M.S. in Sports Management program at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies. “However, there is still a tremendous amount of ground to be covered.”
He believes academics can use the report card as inspiration to research why certain gaps in diversity continue to exist. The NBA League Office is a model, but that model hasn’t filtered down to the 30 teams. He suggested the league develop programs for team owners about how to find diverse pools of qualified candidates.