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Power Take: Results will determine sincerity of NFL’s gender mandate

The NFL’s Rooney Rule has been so effective, the league probably doesn’t need it for minority coaches anymore.

Proposed by Steelers owner Dan Rooney, the NFL in 2003 required all teams to interview at least one minority for every head coach or GM vacancy.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Thursday the league will make teams interview at least one female for all executive positions.

The cynic in me sees this as a public-relations ploy: the NFL desperately wants to soften its image as a barbarous, concussion-inducing, domestic-abusing, gambling-addled enterprise.

But if the result is discovering women such as former Raiders CEO Amy Trask, 49ers VP of legal and government affairs Hannah Gordon and Chargers CFO Jeanne Bonk, I’m all for it.

Cronyism and nepotism still rule much of the NFL. It’s miraculous how often a head coach just so happens to find the best possible assistant for his staff right there in his own family tree.

The NFL last year hired its first female official. The Bills recently made Kathryn Smith the league’s first female full-time coach.

Baby steps. Now let’s see some long strides.


Power Takes are opinion blasts from Bucky, Sully & members of The News’ sports staff -- three will appear in Wednesday’s and Friday’s sports sections.

Today’s Power Takes

Tim Graham’s Power Take: Results will determine sincerity of NFL’s gender mandate

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