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The NFL: Can Diversity Really Be Valued in the World’s Greatest Meritocracy?

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dc.contributor.author Wilder, Jacob
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-20T14:45:30Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-20T14:45:30Z
dc.date.issued 2018-12
dc.identifier.uri http://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/xmlui/handle/mtsu/5756
dc.description.abstract This study examines the mission and values of the NFL in relation to their diversity initiatives to answer the research question: Does the NFL and its primary stakeholders, being owners, coaches, players, and fans, value “embracing” and “celebrating diverse opinions and perspectives,” manage diversity for the sake of profit, or abide by minimal affirmative action standards, and does that make the NFL and its stakeholders a monocultural, transitional, or multicultural organization? After grouping the NFL’s key participants into five stakeholder groups, the researcher compared the NFL’s stakeholder groups to frameworks developed by Packinthan Chelladurai and found that while the league had made progress in diversifying certain stakeholder groups, other stakeholder groups are still lacking in diversity. The researcher suggests that the NFL needs to take intentional, planned steps to diversify the league so that the league can continue to thrive in future generations. en_US
dc.publisher University Honors College, Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject diversity en_US
dc.subject meritocracy en_US
dc.subject athletic stereotype confirmation en_US
dc.subject NFL en_US
dc.subject football en_US
dc.subject racial stereotyping en_US
dc.subject diversity initiatives en_US
dc.subject cultural structure en_US
dc.title The NFL: Can Diversity Really Be Valued in the World’s Greatest Meritocracy? en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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