BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The NFL has created a position to address the lack of women in coaching and scouting roles at the team level.
Opportunities for women and minorities have been a focus for the NFL in the past year. The NFL named former women’s football pro tackle player Sam Rapoport as director of football development.
Her role will be to identify women who are knowledgeable about the game and train them, and to create a space for those women in the social networks that often lead to jobs in football.
“My role is to create programming to show them that the pipeline is open to them,” Rapoport said Tuesday, “and create that pipeline for females to enter into positions that were traditionally held by men.”
According to the NFL, 52.6 million women viewed the Super Bowl this past February. Currently, 30 percent of the NFL’s front-office employees are women, but football operations jobs are a different story.
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