NBA Players association led by a woman for the first time
The National Basketball Players Association saw a historic change this year when it ended up selecting a woman, Michele Roberts, to lead it as its new executive director. The D.C. lawyer is now the first woman to lead an American union that is full of male sportsmen and athletes.
The change is a very welcome one and is not new for NBA – it has made some historic choices of decision before. In the year 1997, Dee Kantner and Violet Palmer were signed as referees for the NBA, making them its first female referees and also the first women to secure the position at any of the men’s sports in America. Similarly, in 2001, Stephanie Ready was a historic change too – she was the first ever woman to serve as a coach to a men’s basket ball team. Natalie Nakase is the first woman to be an assistant coach in the NBA proper.
This commitment of NBA in gender hiring practices cannot be just called good; when compared to the no match competition it has in the sports industry, it should be name a triumph and a victory. Interestingly, this change is possible because women are interested in basketball too, says a report. Many females now in the basket ball game were previously playing football, but chose to change their games because there were no opportunities for them in the other games. Palmer, as a teen, played Little League in boys’ teams, but changed her game for a college scholarship. Also, Lieberman only knew tackle football as a kid, but switched to basketball when football was no longer for girls. Sarah Thomas, the woman vying to be the first female ref in NFL, first opened way to her sports career through her college basketball.