Major League Soccer Scores Top Marks for Diversity

This is the first time minorities make up a greater percentage of the MLS than white athletes. 

Posted: 11/09/2012 02:03 PM EST
Major League Soccer Scores Top Marks for Racial and Gender Diversity

Major League Soccer has earned top marks for its diversity as it continues to steadily improve its racial and gender hiring efforts. A study conducted by the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) awarded MLS a B+/A- for its racial hiring practices and a B grade for gender hiring practices, which rose from a C+.

In addition, it received a stellar A+ for racial diversity among its players and office employees. Diversity among general managers and head coaches still needs improvement as they received a B- and C+, respectively. 

With minorities comprising 51 percent of its league, it's also the first time minorities make up a greater percentage of the MLS than white athletes.


Despite its high marks for the previous categories, the league received a failing grade for senior administration and within its top executives it received a C+. Still, MLS received an A+ for its diversity initiatives and an overall grade of B+, which rose from last year's B. 


TIDES' annual Racial and Gender Report Cards look into the racial and gender compositions within professional and college sports. MLS' report card indicates a continued growth in progress and is the fifth consecutive year that the league set a record in racial diversity among players. 


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