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GSM Live: Legal Action & NFL Owners: The Path to Equity?
The Global Sport Institute just released its newest findings on the diversity in NFL head coaching positions since the inception of the Rooney Rule 18 years ago in Field Study: NFL Head Coach Hiring and Pathways in the Rooney Rule Era. After years of yo-yoed progress, the disparity of White coaches and coaches of color remains large, so then what is the next option in the path for greater equity in head coach hiring? 

The Rooney Rule began with the threat of litigation by Johnnie Cochran and Cyrus Mehri, elevating the conversation to target the NFL's League office. In the time since, the activity on the part of the league has been extensive, but it is clear, the league can't hire head coaches. Where the failure sits is on the franchises and owners, who are the decision makers. So then, can we refocus the effort for change to be on the individual franchises rather than the league?

On the next GSM Live presented by Global Sport Institute and Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, experts discuss the feasibility, desirability, and viability of legal action against National Football League franchises for discrimination in the hiring of head coaches.

N. Jeremi Duru | Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law

Carl E. Douglas | President at Douglas Hicks Law Firm

Melissa S. Woods | Partner at Cohen, Weiss & Simon, LLP

Kenneth Shropshire | CEO of the Global Sport Institute and adidas Distinguished Professor of Global Sport at Arizona State University

GSM Live will be held 3/2/2021 at 5:30p (Arizona) / 7:30p (Eastern)

Mar 2, 2021 05:30 PM in Arizona

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