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Falling Off the Glass Cliff, Part One

Why this matters

If opportunities to promote to leadership in sports aren't as plentiful for coaches of color and second chances are just as rare, is it worth it to take on a team during a downturn and risk falling off the 'glass cliff'?

Guest host and producer Karen Given tells the story of Fitz Hill, former head football coach at San Jose State University, and the phenomenon of the 'glass cliff' in sports. Starting from his personal experience, Fitz Hill along with George Cunningham of Texas A&M uncover the pattern of bias that hinders many coaches of color from gaining leadership positions, or even second chances.

The 'glass cliff' refers to the tendency of organizations to place women or other marginalized individuals into leadership positions at periods of downturn or crisis, putting them at a higher risk of failure.

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