The National Basketball Association (NBA) was on display this Christmas.  With multiple fantastic showcases, the NBA reminded us why they are one of the best sports organizations in the world.  The Christmas match-ups included the rematch of the 2016 NBA Championship, Pau Gasol taking on his former team, and the LA Lakers squaring off against the Minnesota Timberwolves. 

While the NBA continues to prosper on the court, the organization is also setting trends off the court.

Diversity has been increasing in the NBA front office for years. According to the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports, “people of color occupy 35.3 percent of professional positions within the NBA and 23.5 percent of senior administrative positions during the 2015 – 2016 season.”  These numbers are extremely progressive for the sports industry and leads all other American sports.

With a league consumed in over 114 countries, diversity will always be at the organizations core.  Robert Groves from Forbes magazine, said it best, “If the NFL, MLB, and NHL are as serious about economic growth as they are about maintaining ownership norms, they too will eventually diversify decision-making board members beyond the select few who view the world from the 20th Century lens.”

-Ray Hayes