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October 31, 2019

In its 2019 Racial and Gender Report Card, the NFL received an overall score of 79.3% - its lowest mark in 15 years.

It also received C+ and B marks in its gender and racial hiring practices, respectively. 

As the CEO of Global Sport Institute at Arizona State University, Kenneth Shropshire has seen the likes of African-Americans Randall Cunningham and Michael Vick become quarterbacks in the NFL. He also noted the creation of The Rooney Rule, which requires NFL teams to interview minorities for head coaching and senior football operations jobs.

But despite the decline in many of its metrics in the report card this year, Shropshire remains confident that over time, the league will continue to improve in this area across the board.

“We can be optimistic that a better day will come and that there won’t be a lack of decisions to bring in people of color,” Shropshire said. 

While the NFL is still struggling to display holistic diversity in the workplace, it is making progress with its gender hires. For 2019, the league earned a 76% for its gender score – a 2% bump year-over-year. It also saw gender diversity rise in the league office, up +1.8% year-over-year, and in team vice president positions, up 2.5% from last year. 

October 30, 2019

College athletes may soon be able to sign shoe deals and be paid for the use of their likeness.

The NCAA Board of Governors unanimously voted Tuesday to set a process in motion to allow student-athletes to earn income similar to how Olympic athletes are supported by endorsement deals.

The move comes as the states of Illinois and New York consider a proposed law similar to one signed by California’s governor last month. That law allows student-athletes to legally hire agents and sign endorsement deals while playing college sports.

To make sense of what this means, The Show spoke with Ken Shropshire, a professor and CEO of the Global Sport Institute at Arizona State University.

October 4, 2019

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the "Fair Pay to Play Act" on LeBron James's TV show, "The Shop." Professor Kenneth Shropshire, CEO of the Global Sport Institute at Arizona State University, discusses some of the misconceptions about the bill, and what Newsom's decision to sign it on an athlete's platform says about player empowerment.