just the odds
The current collective bargaining agreement reached in 1993 runs through the 2007 season.
Under the agreement, the 2007 season would operate without a salary cap, Upshaw warning Tagliabue that if the salary cap were to disappear they would not agree to one again.
Tagliabue also said he was troubled at the lack of minority hirings, particularly among head coaches.
Under the “Rooney rule” established in 2003, teams are required to interview a least one minority candidate for all coaching and front office positions.
But of the 10 teams filling coaching vacancies this year, Herman Edwards has been the only minority hiring — taking over at the Kansas City Chiefs after Dick Vermeil announced his retirement.
There are only six black head coaches among the league’s 32 teams.
“We need to continue to be aggressive on the issue of hiring,” said Tagliabue. “I thought we were getting beyond stereotypes, where they were getting accepted as coaches, not just African American coaches.
“I thought this would carry over in a positive way to the hiring process. It didn’t.
“We’re going to redouble our efforts. Everyone understands the need to be aggressive to continue to blitz this issue and not go into a prevent defense.”
Someone is going to have to help me with this one. Let’s go past the NFL vs PLayer’s Union issue with money (since we know that this is what this is really about) and look at the minority hiring issue.
In the article he says “only” 6 of the 32 coaches in the NFL are black. Black people make up roughly 13% of the US according to the US census. That means to be properly represented, there should be 4 black coaches…. that is if we’re treating new hires as “best person for the job” and then they just happen to line up with the national averages. And while “only” 6 coaches are black, this is actually a 50% greater number than would naturally occur… that is to say 4.
If you want to be serious about minority hiring, there should be 4 Hispanic head coaches and 1 Asian head coach.