Could the Rooney Rule Work Outside the NFL?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers Dan Rooney waves to the fans. (Jared Wickerham/Getty)

The NFL has in place a regulation called the Rooney Rule, which demands that every team must interview a minority candidate if a coaching or general manger's position is open. Many would like to see that rule in place in other venues. Robert Johnson, founder of BET, proposed on The Takeaway that if corporate America installed the Rooney Rule, it would "change the number of African Americans employed in higher echelons of corporate America."

Dan Rooney is U.S. ambassador to Ireland and chairman emeritus of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is also credited with spearheading the Rooney Rule in the NFL.

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