If NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has his way, 50 percent of the new incoming NBA officials, including coaches, will be women. He does not see any reason why women shouldn’t be coaching men’s basketball.

How do the leagues stack up?

Major League Baseball (MLB) is the first league to have a gender diversity report done this year which shows that 28.6% and 26% of its team senior admins and team professional admins respectively are women

The numbers for the other leagues are from the 2018 reports by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida.

At the National Basketball Association (NBA), 31.6% of its team management and 37.2% of its team professional admins are women.

The percentages of women as team senior admins and team professional admins are 22.1% and 35% respectively at the National Football League (NFL) and 26.5% and 31.6% respectively at the Major League Soccer (MLS).  

At the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), 48.6% of team VPs and above and 58% of team managers to senior directors are women.

There is no report for the National Hockey League (NHL).

Silver wants to see more changes According to the Commissioner, the 2022 NBA Draft will likely be the first one since the 2005 NBA Draft to allow high school players to go straight into the league.