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Has the NFL's Rooney Rule Efforts “Leveled the Field” for African American Head Coach Candidates?

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  • Janice Fanning Madden

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    (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA)

  • Matthew Ruther

    (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA)

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    Madden provides evidence that African American head coaches in the National Football League (NFL) significantly outperformed whites between 1990 and 2002. She concludes that this evidence is consistent with African Americans being required to be better to be hired as head coaches. In 2002, the NFL promulgated the Rooney Rule requiring that NFL teams make various affirmative efforts when hiring coaches. This article finds that the performance advantage of African American head coaches has been eliminated since the Rooney Rule but finds no similar time trends in racial differentials in performance for other NFL coaching positions.

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    Article provided by in its journal Journal of Sports Economics.

    Volume (Year): 12 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 2 (April)
    Pages: 127-142

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    Handle: RePEc:sae:jospec:v:12:y:2011:i:2:p:127-142

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    Keywords: defensive coordinator; discrimination; football; head coaches; NFL; offensive coordinator; Rooney Rule;

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    1. Brian Volz, 2009. "Race and the Likelihood of Managing in Major League Baseball," Working papers, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics 2009-17, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics.

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