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Fall football — or the fall of football?

todaySeptember 7, 2023

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In recent years, the NFL has come under scrutiny for discriminatory hiring practices — recently with former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores. While 70 percent of the league is comprised of Black and Brown players, only four of the league’s 32 head coaches are Black.

None of this is new. Back in 2003, thanks — in part — to some public pressure from a high-powered lawyer named Johnnie Cochran, the NFL adopted the “Rooney Rule” to remedy this problem. So why, after two decades, are they still staring down this racial disparity between players and coaches?

In this episode, we dive into the Rooney Rule, learn how it became the darling of corporate America, and consider whether having more Black coaches in the NFL would even change anything.

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