NFL To Adopt A “Rooney Rule” To Help Women Get Jobs As Executives
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday at the NFL Women’s Summit that the league will institute a Rooney Rule for women seeking executive positions. Teams will have to interview at least one woman for all executive roles.
The Rooney Rule, named after Steelers owner Dan Rooney, who’s chairman of the league’s diversity committee, is an edict established in 2003 which requires NFL teams to interview at least one minority candidate for a head-coaching vacancy.
The rule has come under scrutiny for failing to result in an increased number of minority head coaches; of the league’s 32 teams, there are just six minority head coaches. Teams have been accused of interviewing minority candidates simply to comply with the rule while already knowing they were hiring a white candidate.
The league has already seen a slight increase in the women who have been hired as coaches this year…
The Bills hired the NFL’s first full-time assistant coach last month, Kathryn Smith, as special teams quality control coach.
That move came after Jen Welter coached the Cardinals’ inside linebackers during Arizona’s training camp last summer, while Sarah Thomas became the league’s first female official this past season.
We’re sure some neanderthal will find some dumbazz reasons that this rule shouldn’t be in place, but the fact is that women are more than capable of contributing to the NFL, and their thoughts and energy could most certainly help a team looking to win a Super Bowl championship.
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