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Johnson scores another victory for progress

By winning Charlotte's new franchise, Robert Johnson scored another victory for progress in pro sports.

Updated: April 16, 2003, 3:32 PM ET
By Marc J. Spears | Special to ESPN.com

Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball many years ago. Numerous African-Americans have coached, although the NFL and college football should be ashamed of its hiring practices. And there have been African-American front-office personnel for years.

But this past December, professional sports entered a new era when Robert Johnson, the billionaire founder of Black Entertainment Television, was awarded the NBA's new Charlotte franchise and became the first black majority owner of ...

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