6. Strong barriers to the business side of sports remain

Representation at team level, people of color

Breaking through the systemic barriers in place for people of color on the mostly white business side of pro sports is a herculean task.

Why it matters: When often short-lived pro careers are over, many athletes are not welcomed into the established power structure within the sport. Instead, they face the lingering financial and physical tolls of retirement with sometimes limited earning potential as they make the transition.

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