Art Rooney II: New minority hiring measures “a key to our future”

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While stopping short of offering the carrot of improved draft stock, the NFL did make some changes during Tuesday’s meeting toward the goal of increasing opportunities for minority coaches and personnel employees.

In addition to removing team’s ability to block assistants from interviewing for coordinator jobs, the league adopted other new procedures and workplace reforms.

The rule also applies to the personnel side, preventing teams from blocking employees from interviewing for assistant General Manager jobs. The league will also require teams to submit their organizational reporting structure, so the league can determine which jobs are actually coordinator-level positions.

“We believe these new policies demonstrate the NFL Owners’ commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the NFL,” Steelers owner and chairman of the workplace diversity committee Art Rooney II said in a release. “The development of young coaches and young executives is a key to our future. These steps will assure coaching and football personnel are afforded a fair and equitable opportunity to advance throughout our football operations. We also have taken important steps to ensure that our front offices, which represent our clubs in so many different ways, come to reflect the true diversity of our fans and our country.”

The league also announced improvements to the Rooney Rule, which will include requirements to interview at least two external minority candidates for head coaching jobs, at least one minority candidate for any of the three coordinator positions, and at least one external minority candidate for the senior football operations or G.M. jobs.

The league’s also expanding the Rooney Rule to more executive positions, saying teams must include “minorities and/or female applicants for front office positions including club presidents and senior executives in communications, finance, human resources, legal, football operations, sales, marketing, sponsorship, information technology, and security positions.

There will also be an expansion of  minority coaching fellowships, with each team creating a full-time position which will range from a year to two years to provide training for former players, minorities, and female coaches.

12 responses to “Art Rooney II: New minority hiring measures “a key to our future”

  1. Decades of dominance by America’s favorite sport, but for SOME REASON (your own woke insanity), you think your future hinges on racist and degrading policies to promote “diversity”. It ain’t broke. Don’t “fix” it.

  2. charger383 says:
    May 19, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    Rooney should give his team to a minority or shut up

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    Rooney supported Hillary so he is fine with the social justice warriors.

  3. My only question. Is when will this policy apply to players? There hasn’t been a White CB in the NFL since 2002

  4. azbearsfan35 says:
    May 19, 2020 at 4:20 pm
    My only question. Is when will this policy apply to players? There hasn’t been a White CB in the NFL since 2002

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    Players are not subject to unfair hiring processes. Every one competes on the same playing field with equal opportunity. Don’t forget to grab your tiki torch on the way out the door.

  5. It will take a new generation of owners for this to really happen. The current ones grew up with prejudices that lessen with each generation. Once they get passed the boomers it will be better.

  6. BuckyBadger says:
    May 19, 2020 at 5:49 pm
    It will take a new generation of owners for this to really happen. The current ones grew up with prejudices that lessen with each generation. Once they get passed the boomers it will be better.
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    Maybe take a look around the NFL at who’s had black HC’s and GM’s before sticking your foot in your mouth! Guess who it was? A lot of those boomers that you claim are the most racist!

    You do know Tomlin is Rooney’s HC? Didn’t think so! Doing a little research before commenting takes away from one looking like an ass so often, try it once in a while.

  7. We were told in an earlier article that the real problem is that many former players would have to take a pay cut to become an entry level coach and are refusing to do so. The problem at the core is not the hiring per se. It is pay. So if you want to address this, then increase the pay for all coaches to the point that athletes won’t have to lower themselves in working up the ladder.

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