Silver stated that in the last round of hiring done by the league they almost made their gender quota. Almost.
While the commissioner of the NFL is frequently criticized by the sports media for not being progressive enough, the commissioner of the NBA, Adam Silver, enjoys a sterling reputation for standing on the woke side of social justice issues. His recent declaration about a gender quota for both coaches and referees is sure to only help his progressive credentials.
At an event Thursday hosted by The Economic Club of Washington, D.C., Silver touted his new "goal" for the league he helms: a 50-50 male to female hiring ratio for both coaches and referees.
Speaking about referees currently in the league, Silver lamented that the position has been "so male-dominated for so long." His new goal: that half of the new referees hired by the league will be women.
"It's an area, frankly, where I've acknowledged that I'm not sure how it was that it remained so male-dominated for so long," said Silver, in comments reported by the Associated Press. "Because it's an area of the game where physically, certainly, there's no benefit to being a man, as opposed to a woman, when it comes to refereeing."