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The Global Sport Institute examines critical issues that are impacting impact sport.

We do this through our own internal projects and by supporting researchers in various disciplines across ASU through our seed grant program.

Sex, Gender and Sexuality in Sport

The research theme of "Sex, Gender and Sexuality in Sport" extends into many subtopics including gender differences in injury prevention, transgender athlete participation, and the experience of being the only girl on an all-male team.

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Field Studies

Our GSI Field Studies examine the hiring patterns and career trajectories across various leadership positions in sport, broken down by race/ethnicity, gender, education and other factors. Past Field Studies include examinations of Major League Baseball managers, NFL head coaches, NCAA athletic directorsNCAA football coaches, and NCAA women's basketball coaches.

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GSI NFL Field Studies data featured in Washington Post series on Black coaches in the NFL

Oct 13, 2022 Washington Post reporters worked with GSI staff to gather data and perspective on the NFL's history with Black coaches.
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More than T-shirts and hashtags: Measuring social justice impacts in the NFL

Aug 30, 2022 At the Global Sport Institute at Arizona State University, we were curious about the actual impact the NFL was having in this “2.0” phase of athlete activism. We asked the NFL for, and received, internal reports on this activism.