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MLS Gets Better Grade For Diversity
Associated Press, September 25th, 2008 12:30PM

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Its teams may not be able to buy a win in Concacaf Champions League play, but at least Major League Soccer is earning higher grades for its gender diversity employment practices.

v A report card issued Wednesday by the Miami-based University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport gave MLS a C+ for hiring more women in its corporate offices, a big improvement on last year's D+. Good job!

Study author Richard Lapchick cited "a remarkable rebound in gender hiring," as well as the league's efforts to improve diversity and high numbers of racial minorities in executive positions, in awarding it an overall B+. The report used data from the 2007 season, updating through August 13 its owners, head coaches, team presidents and general managers.

The number of international players jumped from 21 percent in 2006 to 31 percent in 2007. There were 201 white players in 2007, one more than the previous year, but the number of black players increased from 57 to 74.

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