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NFL, MLS share several common owners; now they face similar race discrimination claims

  • August 06, 2022

As the NFL continues to fight explosive claims of racial discrimination against Black coaches, a similar legal battle recently launched on another big front in American sports – pro soccer teams, including some that are owned by the same people in charge of the NFL.

Ricky Hill, a Black former pro soccer coach and former English pro soccer player, recently sued Major League Soccer, the United Soccer Leagues and various clubs, including Atlanta United FC and Charlotte FC, both of which share common ownership with NFL teams in Atlanta and Charlotte. Hill’s lawsuit accuses them of racial discrimination, saying the clubs hired white or other non-Black candidates who were “objectively less qualified” than Hill after he applied for the same jobs.

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