US Soccer teams face huge fines who do not shortlist non-white job applicants


Major League Soccer (MLS) teams have been handed a new diversity hiring policy which requires two or more non-white candidates to be in the ‘finalist pool’ – with potential fines topping $100,000 for clubs failing to comply.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber claimed the move is a continuation of efforts to “diversify the MLS ecosystem at every level”.

Ecosystem? No doubt this will soon expand into other sports as well. Golf should be ripe for the next sport. Will they get a “handicap?” Literally recall golfer Casey Martin?

The Supreme Court ruled decisively that Casey Martin, the disabled golfer who has been battling the PGA Tour over its walking rule for the last four years, has the legal right to ride in a golf cart during tournament play. The 7-to-2 decision rejected the Tour’s argument. (May 30, 2001)

Then we have this-

English Touring Opera sacks half its members citing ‘increased diversity’

The English Touring Opera (ETO) has cited “diversity” to justify not renewing the contracts of 13 musicians, nearly half its orchestra. Though employed on rolling freelance contracts, many of the players had been with ETO for 20 years or more.

Oscars new requirements for ‘Best Picture’ – includes cognitive disability, deaf

Not positive it worked out so swell for the Alec Baldwin and the movie folks making the film “Rust.”  Twenty-four year old Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was the armorer on the Santa Fe set of the movie.

But I digress:

MLS Diversity Hiring Policy for MLS Sporting Positions

Prior to hiring any position listed in Table 1 below, the Team Operator must do the following as promptly as possible:

  1. Notify the League Office of the open position through the League’s Diversity Policy Portal (DPP).
  2. Ensure the finalist pool includes two (2) or more candidates from underrepresented groups, whereby at least one (1) candidate must be either Black or African American.
  3. Provide the League Office with information related to all candidates in the finalist pool through the DPP. 
  4. Demonstrate an equal interview process with comparable interview experience for all candidates in the finalist pool through the DPP. 

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The new rules, which the MLS board announced are aimed at a ‘more robust consideration of non-white candidates for open positions’, apply to sporting roles at clubs in the most high-profile soccer competition in the US.

They order that one of the candidates must be Black or African American ‘as part of a renewed effort to prioritize opportunities for Black candidates’. The policy previously only required one ‘diverse candidate’ to be interviewed for an open position.

As part of ongoing efforts to establish and develop a deep pipeline for sporting staff from underrepresented groups, the updated policy will apply to MLS clubs, MLS’ youth academies – MLS NEXT – and soon to the entire MLS ecosystem, which includes MLS NEXT Pro.


Specific updates to the MLS diversity hiring policy include:

  • The addition of a definition of “underrepresented groups” to specify that this term includes Black or African American, Hispanic/Latino(a), American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders, Canadian Indigenous, Canadian First Nations, Women, and members of the LGBTQ+ community.
  • A new requirement to demonstrate an equal interview process and comparable interview experience for all candidates in the finalist pool for an open sporting position.
  • Clarification of public sanctions for teams that fail to abide by the policy, including up to $50,000 fines for first offenses, up to $100,000 fines for second offenses, and fines of more than $100,000 (pursuant to the Commissioner’s discretion) for third offenses and beyond. Previously, the Commissioner had sole discretion to impose sanctions as he saw fit.
  • A new commitment to review the policy annually and update it as needed.
  • The addition of a specific list of first-team sporting positions and academy sporting positions to which this policy applies.
  • The creation of a Diversity Policy Portal (DPP) in which clubs must submit all details of vacant sporting positions and include information related to all candidates in the final candidate pool.
  • The addition of specific guidelines for a process to request waivers to the policy, which will be granted only in extenuating circumstances.

Read more at MLS


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19 Responses to “US Soccer teams face huge fines who do not shortlist non-white job applicants”

  1. Baysider Says:

    Missed: “gender and race” are now all up for grabs. Just ask Elizabeth Warren.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Baysider Says:

    SOLUTION: since ‘gender’ is fluid, adjust to fit the stats required at the moment.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Baysider Says:

    This is just what public agencies have been doing for years in selecting project teams for design and construction jobs. At one point I had to identify potential minority candidates for all positions and collect and upload all their data – even though we knew upfront who we would select as finalists. You just throw in others. BTW, many of those finalist were minorities, but chosen for their skill and experience.

    So, picking on the MLS. And the NBA?

    Liked by 2 people

    • bunkerville Says:

      Sadly it wastes everyone’s time… but it is the first step. Next mandatory hiring as the film industry now requires if one wants to get an Oscar.


      • peter3nj Says:

        At some point the racist rich whitey gold Oscar will be replaced by the Mugombolo a statuette crafted in rich highly polished Afrocentric ebony wood. The statuette festooned with closely cropped nappy hair will also feature breasts and a penis. Should a white actor appearing in a Hollywood film deserve some recognition he/she/it will have a glue backed gold star licked (by a fellow white) and stuck on the forehead.

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  4. nrringlee Says:

    OK, so who is going to really lead the way? I nominate a blind drag queen to be goalie. Let’s see how that works out.

    Liked by 5 people

    • peter3nj Says:

      Keeping her/its wheel chair well maintained the goalie should prove to be an asset on any soccer team.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Mustang Says:

        I owe you an apology, Peter. Knowing you as I do, I thought you wrote something about getting her _its in a wheelchair. I’m saying hail mary’s as I type this.

        Liked by 2 people

      • peter3nj Says:

        Given the girth of a pecan tan woman remanded to the confines of a wheelchair, playing goalie or not, there’s always the distinct possibility of some fleshy matter squirting out into the netherworld of spokes and handbrakes. How about a good act of contrition while you’re at it.😇

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  5. Mustang Says:

    For any normal person of my particular persuasion, being selected for a sports team position for no other reason than skin color would be highly insulting. And I’ve wondered why token blacks don’t feel insulted. I don’t know the answer. I can only surmise that those who do swallow the racialist pill do so because they have internalized the white oppression myth because they feel “white society” owes them, and because dey grampas was blacks too. Sheet. Who didn’t admire Pele? A black football player. The best footballer in the world. No one cared about his skin color. No one even noticed. Which is how a color-blind society should be. So, minorities don’t really want a color-blind society. They want a society that favors them on account of their skin color, even if they have despicable characters. Should work out good.

    Liked by 4 people

    • bunkerville Says:

      Its all about money supposedly…. thank Kapernick for all this nonsense. The best and the brightest not so much anymore.

      Liked by 3 people

    • peter3nj Says:

      Speaking of Pele, kinda, there is n exclusively soccer store in Hackensack, Birkenmeirs, owned and run by an ex-NY Cosmos player and teammate of Pele. This gentleman,Andranik “Esky” Eskandaria, played on the pre-Jimmy Carter/Ayatolla Iranian national team that won three Asian Cup championships n the 70’s and made the quarterfinals in the 76 Olympics held in Montreal. He has some pretty nifty and amusing anecdotal stories about playing alongside Pele on the Cosmos. As a high school soccer official the highlight of my soccer experience was taking my 7 1/2 year old grandson Nathaniel there to buy shin-guards and goalie gloves. He listened intently to Eskie’s story about playing professional soccer along with some sound advice.
      Our world gone forever never to return.

      Liked by 2 people

  6. skudrunner Says:

    Makes me wonder if this rule is going to apply to the NFL and NBA.
    Until you posted this I forgot there was a MLS in the US. Guess they do need to do more to promote the game.

    Liked by 2 people

  7. markone1blog Says:

    Regarding the Oscars having a requirement for “Best Picture” involving cognitive disability or deafness, that is really nothing new. They have been tone deaf to Christian sensibilities for years. And everyone knows that liberalism (that permeates all movies) is a mental disease.

    Liked by 2 people

  8. markone1blog Says:

    Soccer is that sport that involves the pink-haired yahoo who would not honor our flag doesn’t it? Didn’t that fast food chain that produces almost-footlong sandwiches (calling them footlong) temporarily employ her as a spokesperson? How is either the chain or that pink-haired numb nuck doing now?

    Liked by 1 person

  9. markone1blog Says:

    So, I take it that people still play this sport. Does anyone watch it?

    Liked by 2 people

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