New study shows WNBA still standard bearer in diversity hiring

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A new study says that WNBA continues to set the bar for racial and gender hiring practices among professional sports leagues.

In a report released Wednesday by the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport says for the second straight year the WNBA posted the highest combined grade in the history of the group's Racial and Gender Report Cards.

The league received a combined A-plus grade for race and gender, tying its mark from 2012.

In 10 reports the group has done on the WNBA since 2001, it has received at least A-grades for its overall race, gender and combined grades.

The 67 percent of women holding assistant coaching positions also is a WNBA record, surpassing the mark it set last year.