One more time the WNBA was noted for its work off the court. America’s Professional Basketball Competition was enhanced for him Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports (TIDES), which awarded an A + rating to the WNBA in the 2020 annual report of its study on the diversity of gender and races in labor contracts.
The WNBA stands as leading reference in the field of professional sports in North America, located at the top of this list since its initial season. In 2020 she earned an A + for both gender and race. “The WNBA sets the standard for inclusive and powerful representation throughout its organization in terms of players, coaches, staff and administration.” indicates the report. Usually the NBA finished behind him with an A-, the MLB and MLS received a B and the NHL a B-.
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In five categories of different positions the WNBA received an A + for gender, while in other two it was left with an A and an A-. The only category in which it remains relegated is General Managers, with a D + for the presence of just three women in 12 franchises: Tamika Catchings in Indiana Fever, Cheryl Reeve in Minnesota Lynx and Alisha Valavanis in Seattle Storm.
Among the head coaches there is more female representation, with five in 12 positions available. On the racial front, the league received an A- or an even better grade for each position.
The league’s overall score improved, from 94.8 to 97.4, mainly due to a greater space for women: 60.9% of the positions in the offices of the league are currently held by women. Of the 69 positions in positions such as vice president or hierarchically superior, 35 are currently for women, 50.7% that had never been achieved in this type of study.
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Regarding race, there was a decrease in the number of female players of color: from 82.7% in the 2019 season to 79.6% in the 2020 season. But off the track, where obstacles are often found for people of color, the evolution was remarkable: from 42.3% to 54.2% in terms of assistant coaches, while among the head coaches they are 25% of the league: James Wade, Derek Fisher and Vickie Johnson.
“At the WNBA, we are encouraged to have had many record highs in race and gender reporting this year.”said the WNBA commissioner, Cathy Engelbert. “Having said that, we remain committed to continuing to be one of the most inclusive and progressive leagues, and we will remain vigilant in our focus on developing league and team cultures that promote diverse recruiting at all levels. “.
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