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A penalty for all-black coaching staffs

If there’s one place where you might think racism wouldn’t be likely to hold you back, it’s college basketball. Yet, in a study of NCAA Division I assistant coaches who were later hired as head coaches, sociologists found that black assistant coaches who had worked under black head coaches ended up at lower-ranked teams compared to where white assistant coaches or black assistant coaches who had worked under a white head coach ended up, even after controlling for other aspects of assistant coaches’ careers. This placement disadvantage for black coaches who had worked under other black coaches was associated with “a predicted annual pay gap of $341,867.”

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