MIAMI (Reuters) – The Nationwide Soccer League must do higher in terms of minority hiring, Commissioner Roger Goodell stated on Wednesday in his Tremendous Bowl state of the league deal with, however he stood by way of the league’s efforts to fortify participant protection.
Jan 29, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell right through a press convention sooner than Tremendous Bowl LIV at Hilton Downtown. Necessary Credit score: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports activities
Even supposing 70% of NFL avid gamers are African American during the last 3 years, simplest two of 19 head training jobs have long past to black applicants.
Throughout the newest hiring cycle to fill 5 head training vacancies, just one went to a minority when Ron Rivera was once employed by way of the Washington Redskins.
“Obviously we aren’t the place we need to be in this degree,” conceded Goodell. “We wish to trade, do one thing other.
“There’s no explanation why to be expecting we’re going to have a special end result subsequent 12 months with out the ones more or less adjustments and we’ve already begun enticing in the ones adjustments. It’s transparent we’re all dedicated to doing that and we need to make the ones adjustments.”
Goodell, on the other hand, refused to concede any floor over grievance that the league isn’t doing sufficient to fortify participant protection, downplaying statistics that display concussions are up this previous season.
The talk over participant protection has larger with the NFL having a look at the potential of including a 17th common season sport to the time table, which might be incorporated within the subsequent Collective Bargaining Settlement negotiations.
“Protection has been at the leading edge and our primary precedence of our avid gamers,” stated Goodell. “During the last 10-to-15 years we’ve remodeled 50 rule adjustments to make our sport more secure.
“Concussions are up however they’re up simplest somewhat, statistically insignificant from an overly low final 12 months.”
Goodell additionally showed that the NFL will go back to Mexico for video games within the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Ultimate November the Kansas Town Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers performed in Mexico Town in entrance on 76,252 fanatics.
The commissioner additionally stated the NFL would proceed to play video games in London, however stated there was once no timeline for a franchise there.
Goodell additionally stated the league plans to honor 18-time NBA All-Celebrity Kobe Bryant right through Sunday’s Tremendous Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas Town Chiefs because the wearing global mourns the demise of Los Angeles Lakers famous person in a helicopter crash on Sunday.