The NFL received a B- grade for its overall hiring practices in 2020 from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport.
Racial hiring scores rose from a B to a B+ this year, but the league’s gender score decreased from a C+ in 2019 to a C.
The regular season began with four head coaches of color for the second straight year, down from a high of eight in 2018:
- Anthony Lynn — Los Angeles Chargers
- Brian Flores — Miami Dolphins
- Mike Tomlin — Pittsburgh Steelers
- Ron Rivera — Washington Football Team
Despite low diversity among head coaches, the league increased racial hiring efforts in six other categories. Jason Wright became the NFL’s first-ever Black team president in August, joining the Washington Football Team.
Only three women held team CEO or president roles at the start of the season, according to the report.
NFL teams are now required to interview at least one female candidate and one candidate of color for head coach, GM and senior front office vacancies.