“I think our problems in the NFL in this regard are minimal,” said Fangio. “We are a league of meritocracy, you earn what you get, you get what you earn.”
“I don’t see racism in the NFL at all. I don’t see discrimination in the NFL,” added Fangio. “… We are lucky. We all live together, united as one, for a common goal, and we all mix and mix tremendously. If the company reflects an NFL team, we would all be fantastic.”
Of the 32 NFL teams, only four have a non-white manager. Of the five off-season coaching vacancies, only one was occupied by a non-white person when Ron Rivera, who is Hispanic, was hired by Washington. Only two of the current directors-general are minorities.
On May 19, the NFL announced the implementation of improved diversity policies and an expansion of the Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview a minority coach each time a manager opens.
Now, clubs will be required to interview at least two minority candidates for coaching vacancies; at least one minority candidate for one of the three vacant positions of the coordinator; and at least one minority candidate for senior football operations or the position of general manager.
Candidates for minorities and women must also be included in the interview processes for senior front office positions as club president and senior managers in communications, finance, human resources, legal, football operations, sales, marketing, sponsorships, IT and security positions.