Horowitz Blasts NFL’s Rooney Rule on VOA

Dr. Carl Horowitz, director of NLPC’s Organized Labor Accountability Project, offers his views on the NFL’s Rooney Rule in this report today by the Voice of America reporter Tala Hadavi:

The United States is known for being the land of equal opportunity. But that does not mean Americans don’t sometimes have to fight to get that opportunity. Here’s the story about one man who has made his mark helping to fight that battle.

Cyrus Mehri is one of the most influential – and perhaps feared – civil rights lawyers in America. In 2001, he settled one of the largest civil rights cases in the history of the United States – against The Coca-Cola Company for 192.5 Million dollars. Discrimination is a topic close to this Iranian American’s heart.

“I grew up in a family that when they came to the United States, they loved this country but they also saw …

Time for NFL to Jettison Rooney Rule

Mike Tomlin photoThe departure of Jeff Fisher as head coach of the Tennessee Titans leaves the team management with the daunting task of finding an adequate replacement while avoiding a conflict with affirmative action’s gift to pro football known as the “Rooney Rule.”

Finalized in 2003 and named after Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney, who headed the NFL committee leading to its creation, this bylaw stipulates that any team with a head coaching vacancy must interview at least one minority candidate in good faith or face commissioner sanctions.

Defenders say it doesn’t force a team to hire anyone. Formally, that’s true. But it’s a dishonest claim all the same. And the rule itself is unnecessary.

Nobody in his right mind would suggest that blacks can’t run an NFL team – Mike Tomlin, Lovie Smith, Tony Dungy and Mike Singletary (among others) serve notice to the fact they can. And since roughly two-thirds of …

Sharpton Should Shut Up About Rush Limbaugh NFL Owner Bid

Sharpton coverI am not sure why Rush Limbaugh would want to own an NFL team. It is surely more fun to criticize the establishment on a daily basis than to become part of it. Leaving that aside, the last person in the world who should have a say in the matter is Al Sharpton. (The next to last is his mentor Jesse Jackson.)

Sharpton has written a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell saying the NFL should reject Limbaugh’s bid. Yesterday the New York Times actually referred to Sharpton’s group, the National Action Network, as “a civil rights organization,” demonstrating the legitimacy that Sharpton has somehow come to enjoy in recent years. Let’s see if Goodell will further elevate Sharpton’s stature by responding in a serious way.

As we documented in Special Report earlier this year, Sharpton is unapologetic about the Tawana Brawley hoax. He is a racial agitator and divider, …