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N. Jeremi Duru

2008

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The Fritz Pollard Alliance, The Rooney Rule, And The Quest To "Level The Playing Field" In The National Football League, In Reversing Field: Examining Commercialization, Labor, Gender And Race In 21st Century Sports Law, N. Jeremi Duru Dec 2007

The Fritz Pollard Alliance, The Rooney Rule, And The Quest To "Level The Playing Field" In The National Football League, In Reversing Field: Examining Commercialization, Labor, Gender And Race In 21st Century Sports Law, N. Jeremi Duru

N. Jeremi Duru

The National Football League (the "NFL" or the "League"), like the National Basketball Association (the "NBA") and Major League Baseball ("MLB"), has a long history of racial exclusion.' And like these other long standing American professional sports leagues, desegregation among players preceded desegregation among coaches. As slowly increasing numbers of minorities assumed NBA head coaching positions and MLB managing positions toward the end of the twentieth century, however, minority NFL coaches were less likely to receive head coaching opportunities than their basketball and baseball counterparts. Indeed, as of 2002, only two of the NFL's thirty-two head coaches were minorities, and …


Exploring Jethroe’S Injustice: The Impact Of An Ex-Ballplayer’S Legal Quest For A Pension On The Movement For Restorative Racial Justice, N. Jeremi Duru Dec 2007

Exploring Jethroe’S Injustice: The Impact Of An Ex-Ballplayer’S Legal Quest For A Pension On The Movement For Restorative Racial Justice, N. Jeremi Duru

N. Jeremi Duru

Introduction: In 1950, at the end of a triumphant season with the Boston Braves, outfielder Sam Jethroe earned Major League Baseball's National League Rookie of the Year award.' Forty years later, Jethroe found himself destitute with no home and without his Rookie of the Year trophy, which he sold in desperation for money. A variety of factors conspired to pull Jethroe into poverty, and one such factor was racially motivated employment discrimination. As an African-American, Jethroe was barred from playing Major League Baseball (MLB) for the majority of what would otherwise have been his most productive playing years. Limited, as …