NFL’s 2021 Opportunity to Diversify Team Ownership

NFL’s 2021 Opportunity to Diversify Team Ownership

By Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr.

As we approach the 55th NFL Super Bowl Sunday in Tampa, Florida amidst the continued national spread of COVID-19, I believe that the time has come for the close-knit group of team owners in the National Football League (NFL) to take the necessary steps to open the door to African American business leaders who hope to join that exclusive club of owners.

Given the large number of outstanding African American players today on NFL teams and the growing racial and ethnic diversity of NFL fans and supporters in all the cities where NFL teams are located, the ownership of NFL teams should begin to become as diverse as its fan and support base. Today, nearly 70 percent of NFL players are African American but there are no African American NFL owners. I see this as an


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