Report: MLS shows overall improvement in gender diversity

The Portland Timbers' Darlington Nagbe (6) goes down against the Seattle Sounders on April 5. Nagbe grew up in Lakewood and played at St. Edward and the University of Akron. (AP Photo/File)
The Portland Timbers’ Darlington Nagbe (6) goes down against the Seattle Sounders on April 5.  Nagbe grew up in Lakewood and played at St. Edward and the University of Akron. (AP Photo/File)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An annual report on Major League Soccer’s hiring practices show an improvement in gender diversity in the league office.

The report released Wednesday by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport gave MLS an overall gender grade of B, up from a C+ in 2014. That makes it the only other men’s professional league with a B in gender hiring besides the NBA.

The league earned its third straight B+ grade for overall racial hiring practices. MLS also received an A+ for diversity initiatives for the seventh consecutive season.

Report author Richard Lapchick says MLS’s improvements are encouraging in a time when diverse hiring in some other leagues has become stagnant.

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