The League

THE QUESTION

What Rooney Rule?

Has the mandate requiring NFL teams to talk to minorities before hiring, become a joke?

Posted by Emil Steiner on December 18, 2009 10:00 AM
FROM THE PANEL

Not a perfect world

The Rooney Rule is good for the same reason we have the seat belt law: It's habit-forming.

Posted by Roman Oben, on December 20, 2009 11:01 AM

Why pick second best?

Diversity isn't celebrated in the NFL. Wins are, and each team should pursue that opportunity to win as it sees fit.

Posted by Josh Zerkle, on December 18, 2009 1:32 PM

Diversity, a progress at work

For diversity initiatives to really succeed in the NFL and NCAA, a system must be in place to make sure underrepresented groups are not disproportionately excluded.

Posted by Derede McAlpin, on December 18, 2009 11:48 AM

Synder cop-out?

Sadly, far too often team owners pick their man, add a token interview of a minority candidate to comply and never deviate from their first choice.

Posted by Leonard Shapiro, on December 18, 2009 10:58 AM

Trickle down equality

There is no doubt, in my mind, that many NFL teams treat the Rooney Rule as a formality but it still has value.

Posted by Adam Hoff, on December 18, 2009 10:49 AM

Think of Tomlin

Did the Redskins make a mockery of the Rooney Rule? Absolutely. Does that mean it should be abolished? Absolutely not.

Posted by Robert Littal, on December 18, 2009 10:44 AM

Worth keeping

Until some ideal time, the NFL needs it. As it trickles down to the NCAA, so much the better.

Posted by Dave Goldberg, on December 18, 2009 10:42 AM

You can't force equality

The Rooney Rule represents a great idea in terms of creating equality, but it does little in actuality.

Posted by H. Gore, on December 18, 2009 10:29 AM

Value in debate

Diversifying front offices is going to remain a slow, frustrating process, but at least the NFL has a process in place.

Posted by Michael Oriard, on December 18, 2009 10:07 AM

FEATURED COMMENTS

SammyB1: Since NFL equality is preached and NFL plsyers are 70% black, what is being done by the NFL to introduce more white players?...

theintrepidone: SammyB1 wrote: Since NFL equality is preached and NFL plsyers are 70% black, what is being done by the NFL to introduce more white players?...

tigger0705: The rooney rule itself is a joke. If I'm trying to fill a position, and I find someone who's a perfect fit, I should be able to hire him. ...

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