The Rooney Rule isn’t working; diversity in coach/executive hirings must improve
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell poses with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after a news conference for the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, in Miami. | David J. Phillip

MIAMI (AP) — Stopping short of saying the Rooney Rule is not working, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell noted Wednesday the league needs change to its minority hiring policy.

Though the league requires teams to interview minority candidates, only two African-Americans have been hired for 19 open head coaching spots over the past three years. The league has only two minority general managers among the 32 teams.

“Clearly we are not where we want to be on this level,” Goodell said at his annual Super Bowl news conference. “We have a lot of work that has gone into not only the Rooney Rule but our policy overall. It’s clear we need change and do something different.


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Barry Wilner
Barry Wilner

AP pro football writer.

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