OT: Spurs Hire Becky Hammon as Assistant Coach, 1st (paid) female NBA coach
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08-09-2014, 05:40 AM
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I don't generally defend Bettman much, but he's not the one hiring coaches for teams. That's the GM and then the head coach for the assistant roles.
That said, there probably aren't very many women who are qualified to coach men's pro teams. Where do they get the experience, because it is different to just about any other route available to women. The scale just isn't there like you have with basketball, and that probably goes for the NFL and MLB as well.
First off I'm not simply referring to coaching and I am talking about all pro leagues.
Of course basketball would be first as it is a global sport in which women play professionally too. Women don't play much baseball and no league exists for them to compete.
Women have no football league. However ice hockey is played by women all over.
The NHL is the least diverse league in all major sports. That was my point and Bettman has yet to adopt a Rooney type rule to combat that. Its about all minorities having equal opportunity and not just females. The NBA will continue this trend thanks to Becky Hammond hiring but this is long overdue. As I mentioned before the NG hiring was more notable because less women follow baseball and the game isn't played by them much.
It would only be natural to think that the NHL would follow suit.
To me the NFL would be the least obvious.
To say its not Bettmans call is being nieve. Sure owners hire players, coaches, GMs, scouts and other employees but commissioners influence this greatly when expressing diversity in sports.
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