The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES), part of the DeVos Sport Business Management Graduate Program in the College of Business Administration, has released a report examining the hiring practices in the National Football League. Based on statistics from the 2008 season, the NFL achieved an A- on racial hiring practices and a C on gender hiring practices, for a combined score of B. The NFL has improved its hiring practices and these are the best grades given in the history of the NFL Racial and Gender Report Card.

The study includes an analysis of racial breakdowns of the players, managers and coaches. In addition, the report includes a racial and gender breakdown of the top team management, senior administration, professional administration, physicians, head trainers and broadcasters. Dr. Richard Lapchick, the primary author of the study, is the director of the institute and chair of the DeVos Sport Business Management Graduate Program. The study was co-authored by Chris Kamke and Derek McMechan.

The 39-page report can be viewed on the TIDES Web site.