Wednesday, June 09, 2010

NBA Gets an A+ For Diversity From An Institute That Gets An F for Diversity of Its Top Management

The chart above is based on data from the "The 2010 Racial and Gender Report Card: National Basketball Association," released today by the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports.  The overall grade this year for the NBA was an A for "Race" (same as last year), with a grade of A+ for the sub-category "NBA Players." 

According to a news article titled "NBA gets an 'A' for diversity" from ESPN, "The NBA still leads the way in sports diversity."

Compared to the overall population, whites, Hispanics and Asians are significantly underrepresented in the NBA by margins that aren't even close, e.g. whites are 75% of the population but only 18% of the NBA players, and the same huge disparities exist for Hispanics and Asians.  For all three groups, their numbers in the NBA would have to increase between 4-5 times for their representation in the NBA to be proportional to the general population. On the other hand, blacks are overrepresented by more than a factor of six compared to their share of the general population.  

Q: Just wondering, if this outcome gets a score of A+ for diversity, what would a score of F would look like?? 

In case you're wondering who's in charge of the Institute of Diversity and Ethics at UCF, it's run by two white guys who are listed as the organization's top administrators (see photo below).  What grade do they give their own organization, especially for the category of "Top Management" (one of the categories they use for the NBA)?  Would that be an F for being 100% white male?


At 6/09/2010 5:07 PM, Blogger misterjosh said...

I think this is a perfect example of the uselessness of trying to "score" diversity.

The government has decided to let the market govern the diversity of the NBA. Why shouldn't the market determine the diversity of every other profession?

At 6/09/2010 6:38 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

a 36 page report on diversity in the NBA? People actually got paid to produce this?

This has got to be one of the silliest things I've ever seen.

I wonder how Florida taxpayers feel about this use of their money.

At 6/09/2010 7:09 PM, Anonymous Proose said...

It's truly amazing that an organization which is so disproportionately one race is considered "diverse."

Even Berkeley which has a majority of Asians isn't "diverse" because it's only 3% black and some select Asian groups are underrepresented.

Redefining words is straight out of 1984.

At 6/09/2010 7:56 PM, Anonymous gettingrational said...

Obviously all of us need diveristy training until we "get it". That means most of us will repeat the course until all common sense has been removed and replaced with pitiful dogma. Maybe the authors meant the uniforms were diverse? OK, I know, repeat the course until the correct answer is given.

At 6/10/2010 8:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sure that the sponsoring body appreciates your highlighting of their hypocrisy...


At 6/10/2010 8:20 AM, Blogger Bruce Hall said...

" means a loyal willingness to say that black is white when Party discipline demands this. But it means also the ability to believe that black is white, and more, to know that black is white, and to forget that one has ever believed the contrary."
George Orwell - "1984"

At 6/10/2010 10:35 AM, Anonymous Diz said...

I wonder if the feminists think the NBA is diverse?

Or the AARP...


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