(Gillian Zucker, left, Becky Hammon, middle and Michele Roberts, far right.) Getty Images
Gillian Zucker is the new president of business operations for the L.A. Clippers professional basketball team in NBA, making her just the second female CEO or president in all of major U.S. pro sports. Jeanie Buss, president of the L.A. Lakers, is the only other woman leading an NBA franchise. In July 2014, Michele Roberts became the first woman to lead a major North American sports union when she was named head of the NBA players’ union. Recently in August 2014, Becky Hammon was hired as the league’s first-ever full-time female coach for the San Antonio Spurs taking on the assistant coaching duties for that franchise. The NBA is taking some huge steps in diversifying their league by hiring women into executive roles. The NFL on the other hand isn’t giving its professional players a chance to see women in executive roles. Perhaps it might be time for the NFL to switch things up and to take a page out of the NBA’s playbook in hiring some women of power. Having a woman making decisions and calling plays could lead to more changes than any marketing, branding or social responsibility executive ever will in a professional league as such.