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06-15-2009, 08:34 PM

NFL expands Rooney Rule to top execs
Monday, June 15, 2009
The Associated Press

The NFL has broadened its "Rooney Rule" by requiring teams to interview at least one minority candidate when seeking to fill its senior football operations positions.

Commissioner Roger Goodell informed the NFL's 32 member teams by memo today of the new requirement, which received strong endorsement after being recommended at league meetings last month. The change is expected to provide minorities more opportunities to fill each franchise's one senior football post, which varies in title from team to team.

The new requirement, however, will not apply to teams where the position is held by the owner or a member of the owner's family. It also won't apply in cases where there is a pre-existing contractual deal in place -- and filed with the NFL -- to promote a current staff member once the position opens.

Currently, there are five minorities filling top executive positions in the NFL: Rod Graves (Arizona), Martin Mayhew (Detroit), Ozzie Newsome (Baltimore), Jerry Reese (New York Giants) and Rick Smith (Houston). The NFL's senior football executive, Ray Anderson, NFL executive vice president of football operations, is black.

The new rule builds on the requirement that applies to head-coaching vacancies that was established seven years ago by an NFL committee led by Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney.

In his memo, Goodell also strongly urged -- but did not mandate -- teams to consider a diverse slate of candidates for other job openings in their football departments.

"The more thorough the search, the more likely clubs are to find the right candidates, and to be able to groom future leaders from within their organizations," Goodell said.

06-16-2009, 08:33 PM
It's funny how many people on other boards flipped out over this.

Some people are so blinded by some type of racism or Steeler hatred, they think it's a bad idea.

Hey, I don't care what color the guy's skin is as long as he does a good job.

Problem is, there are a lot of retread GM's out there. That's because people know their names and they maybe made a good draft pick or two...or signed a high priced free agent...yet their team went nowhere.

This is a way for someone to get their foot in the door. All you gotta do is interview them.

However, there does need to be a few amendments to the rule (and the same ones need to be made to the coaching one).

1. Interim General Managers and Coaches should be able to just be hired, without the interview process. They are already there, the only difference is the word "interim" in front of the GM/Coach title.

2. When it's obvious who you are going to hire for the GM/Head Coach position and cannot get a minority candidate to interview (such as in the Lions-Mooch hiring fiasco), then the team shouldn't be punished as long as they can get someone they called for an interview to vouch that they wouldn't interview.

06-17-2009, 09:33 PM
i hate all this kind of stuff. i think the easiest thing is just to hire the best candidate. none of this we will look at you because you are a minority crap. in my eyes thats just keeping the same problem that its trying to fix. but oh well if it helps them sleep better at night let em lol