Report Card: Tagliabue's legacy includes new model for racial hiring

There was never doubt Tagliabue wanted to increase opportunities for African-Americans in league and team leadership roles.

Updated: August 17, 2006, 12:09 PM ET
By Richard Lapchick | Special to ESPN.com

There are many tributes pouring in as Paul Tagliabue steps down as NFL commissioner. He leaves a sport that is thriving beyond most forecasters' imagination. The economic vitality of the league is beyond compare and seemingly secure with labor peace, loyal fans and fabulously wealthy TV contracts.

Today the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport released the 2005 NFL Racial and Gender Report Card. It measures the NFL's hiring practices by race and gender. ...

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