SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will implement a “Rooney Rule” requiring that women be interviewed for executive positions with teams around the league.
Goodell made the announcement Thursday in his opening remarks at the first NFL Women’s Summit, part of Super Bowl 50.
Goodell says, “You can see that progress is being made.”
The Bills hired the NFL’s first full-time assistant coach last month, Kathryn Smith, as special teams quality control coach.
That move comes after Jen Welter coached the Cardinals’ inside linebackers during Arizona’s training camp last summer, while Sarah Thomas became the league’s first female official this past season.
“I think this should be the Al Davis rule,” former Oakland CEO Amy Trask, the NFL’s first female CEO, said on Twitter of the late Raiders owner. “Hope my reasoning is clear.”
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