Tag: Sports

Gay Ex-Player's Path to MLB's First Inclusion Ambassador

Pro sports is one of many industries that struggle in the D&I space, most having little or no structured diversity programs in place. Of all the pro sports, Major League Baseball is a little ahead of the curve, routinely scoring a B/B+ overall in The Institute for Diversity and Ethics…

Jason Collins Retires

By Chris Hoenig Jason Collins, who broke ground as the first openly gay player on the active roster of one of the “Big Four” pro sports leagues, is retiring. In a column on Sports Illustrated’s website, Collins said he is walking away proud of his accomplishments as an openly gay…

Another NBA Owner to Sell Team After Racist Emails Surface

By Chris Hoenig Atlanta Hawks majority owner Bruce Levenson is selling his controlling stake in the team after admitting to sending a racist email. In the email, sent in August 2012, Levenson asked questions and shared his observations about the fan experience at Philips Arena, where the Hawks play their…

NBA Champion Spurs Hire First Full-Time Female Coach

By Albert Lin Becky Hammon and Gregg Popovich The San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association announced the hiring of Becky Hammon as an assistant coach. Hammon will be the league’s first full-time female coach. Lisa Boyer spent the 20012002 season as a Cleveland Cavaliers assistant, but she served…

Washington Redskins Name Change Gains Momentum

By Chris Hoenig There’s a disagreement in Washington, D.C., that’s making headlines across the country, and it has nothing to do with the budget or the deficit. Instead, it’s a battle between the owner of D.C.’s pro football team, the Washington Redskins, and millions of Americans who think it’s time…

WA High School Drops Redskins Name; Will Pro Teams Follow

This article is part of a DiversityInc series: “What the #$@! is Wrong With Sports” CLICK HERE for more of this special series. By Manuel McDonnell Smith and Chris Hoenig In Port Townsend, Wash., the end of June marked not only the closing of the books for the 201213 school…

SLIDESHOW: Sports Cards of Trouble

While professional sports leagues and their star athletes have records that are envied by many, their scorecards when it comes to dealing with diversity and inclusion leave a lot to be desired. DiversityInc takes a closer look at some of the problem policies, athletes and issues with diversity in pro…