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Speaking of NFL hiring, a few questions that those who study networks and
employment might wish to speak to:

First, does it seem that there is a bias in the NFL toward hiring white head
coaches? Does hiring through vacancy chains, and the "lag" it entails,
explain that by itself, or is there a more direct bias perpetrated (either
consciously or unconsciously) by network-driven hiring?

Is there a principle linking network hiring and race (or gender)
discrimination here that might apply to other industries and occupations?
Is one of the reasons that employers prefer network hiring the opportunity
it affords them for such discrimination?

Blyden Potts




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reading the current sports sections, it strikes me that anyone looking for
a term paper or a thesis could well study vacancy chains among pro
football coaches, with a possible extension to college football.

In general, sports can now be seen as organizational analysis, with
well-published performance indicators, inter-org linkages, etc.

Off to watch Ind-NE
 Barry

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