Does the NBA have to apologize for being too black? Does judo have to apologize for being too Asian? But, here we go, hockey has to apologize for a player base drawn from rural areas that have a lot of ice.
And the apology has to come with racial quotas and promises to “do better”.
The NHL for the first time has done an internal demographic study of its staff and all 32 teams, and the results show that hockey has a lot of work to do to increase diversity at all levels.
The report released Tuesday found that 83.6% of the NHL’s workforce is white and that men make up nearly 62% of the total, based on the 4,200 people who participated in a voluntary and anonymous survey (about 67% of all employees).
Are these numbers reflective of the player and fan base? I suspect that they are. So what’s the problem? Is there a reason for the NHL to be different than its fan base?
That nearly mirrors the situation on the ice, where more than 90% of players and nearly all coaches and officials are white.
Are black players being systemically kept out of hockey? Instead, there’s been an aggressive effort to recruit more minority hockey players. It isn’t working. Sadly, there’s no similar effort to recruit Japanese basketball players for the NBA.
One of the next steps is turning the data into a race and gender report card produced by the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, which has for years graded sports leagues on hiring practices.
Which amps up the quotas. Except that the real problem is the lack of interest. As they admit.
Davis said it is not as simple as recruiting people of color to work for the NHL, that it starts with improving how underrepresented communities see and feel about the sport itself.
Maybe minorities just aren’t interested in hockey? No, the NHL must make minorities care about hockey. Equality is about offering equal access. Equity demands that somehow the NHL must get minorities involved in any way possible.