NBA Gets a Good Diversity Report Card

June 12, 2010


To view the entire report card for the NBA on race and gender, Please click here


Highlights from the Report (released by the press representative for the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport):


· In the NBA, 82 percent of the players were people of color, remaining constant from last year’s totals. This ties the highest percentage of players of color since the 1994-95 season. The percentage of African-American players also remained constant from last year’s report at 77 percent. The percentage of Latinos and Asians remained constant, at three and one percent respectively. The percentage of international players stayed steady as well at 18 percent.

· Professional opportunities for people of color in the NBA League Offices – at 36 percent – increased from 35 percent for the 2008-09 season. This is the highest percentage in the NBA’s history and the highest in the history of any professional sport.

· Women held 44 percent of the professional positions in the NBA League Office. This increased by one percentage point from the previous Report Card and was higher than any other men’s professional league in any previous Report Card though still below the NBA’s high of 49 percent female professionals in the league office in 1995-96.

· There were 34 women in vice president positions in the NBA League Office during the 2009-10 NBA season, which is an increase of three.

· Michael Jordan, who owns the NBA Charlotte Bobcats, is men’s pro sports only African-American team majority owner. He succeeded Robert Johnson, previous owner of the Bobcats.

· There were one Asian and eight African-American head coaches at the beginning of the 2009-10 NBA season. The percentage of head coaches of color dropped from 40 percent in 2008-09 to 30 percent.

· 41 percent of assistant coaches in the NBA were coaches of color.

· While there were small decreases for people of color in key team positions, the NBA was still the best in men’s pro sport for team presidents, senior administrative and professional administrative positions

· At the beginning of the 2009-10 regular season, there were four (12 percent) African-American presidents in the NBA. While it was a decrease from last year’s total of five, it was still the best for any sport.

· The percentage of people of color holding NBA team senior administrative positions decreased by two percentage points from last season to less than 21 percent.

· The percentage of people of color holding team professional administrative positions dropped by two percentage points to 27 percent. The percentage of women holding these posts dropped from 40 percent to 39 percent.

· As of the end of the 2009-10 season, 56 percent of the NBA’s referees were white, 41 percent were African-American and three percent were Latino. Of the 60 referees, one was a woman.


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