In one of its most controversial - but not surprising - moves, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has announced new diversity and inclusion mandates, beginning with this fall's 2022 season. At the league's annual owners meeting, Goodell proclaimed that going forward, all 32 teams will be required to employ a "female or a member of an ethnic or racial minority" as an offensive assistant coach.

The mandate also specifies that to be considered for one of the new positions, candidates must have at least three years of coaching experience at the professional or collegiate level.

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Goodell announced that for complying with the new rules, each team will receive up to $200,000 in reimbursement money, an amount that increases to $205,000 in 2023.

According to the new hiring mandate, "the female or ethnic or racial minority coach must work closely with the head coach and the offensive staff, with the goal of increasing minority participation in the pool of offensive coaches that eventually produces the most sought-after candidates for head-coaching positions."

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The commissioner also highlighted the NFL's recent minority hiring and inclusion efforts. A league-record 15 minorities are among the NFL's defensive coordinators for 2022.. Overall, minority coaches now make up 39% of coaches and there are currently a league-record 12 women on coaching staffs.

In addition, there are seven Black general managers in the NFL.

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