However, it is a reflection of the lack of diversity that still exists in the management department of NFL, regardless of the root or motive. This lack of diversity also extends as high as the owner’s box, where no African American has ever held the title of principal owner of an NFL team.

These facts support the notion once presented by New York Times columnist William Rhoden in his best-selling book, The $40 Million Slave. Rhoden stated that the next step toward the goal of full social and racial equality in the U.S. is to establish diversity in the administration and ownership of not only our sports industry, but in every other facet of our society. And until that goal becomes a reality, we will never truly be a society of equals. How to pull this feat off is a great challenge. But for starters, maybe it’s time to expand the Rooney Rule into the ownership box.

Perry Green is sports editor for the Afro American

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