According to an annual report by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, which was released on Wednesday, the NFL received a seventh consecutive A grade for its racial hiring practices, but received a C grade for gender hires. While the report won’t affect NFL odds, it shows that the league still has a long way to go when it comes to its gender hiring practices.
The grades the NFL received from TIDES this year are the same they received a year ago, which means the league hasn’t made an y significant changes in its gender hiring practices in a year. However, the overall B grade of 83.6 percent was lower than the 84.1 percent the league received last year.
In the study, the NFL was given a 91.1 percent score for its racial hires, but it was a 2 point drop from last year, when the league had a score of 93.1, which was its highest ever. As for the gender hires, the NFL actually improved from a score of 75 percent to 76 percent this year.
According to a statement from Dr. Richard Lapchick, the author of the study, the gender practices was important this year because of the fallout from the Ray Rice incident last year. The incident put the NFL under scrutiny for the mistreatment of women by employees, and for domestic violence.
Lapchick said that while the NFL still has a lot of room for improvement, the organization’s gender grade over the past two years, which has increased by six percentage points, shows that the league is making improvements in terms of gender hires.
There are currently 35 women who are vice presidents or higher in the NFL’s league office, which is up from the 31 the league had last year, and the 21 it had in 2014.
While the gender hires improved, the diversity did not. According to the report, the NFL’s diversity score dropped from 28 percent last year, to 26.9 percent this year.