NFL News’ Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) August 21, 2018 The NFL needs to do more than just fill their schedule with a handful of big-name franchises to help their budding talent find a new home, according to a new study from the nonprofit group NFL Players Association.
The league has already done a little good in this regard, but the study found that the league needs to take a closer look at the programs that are providing the most opportunities to students of all skill levels and fields.
“We know that it is important for the NFL to expand its reach into science fiction, fantasy, and other genres,” NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said in a statement.
“Our research suggests that the NFL should do a little more to expand and diversify its science fiction programming to reflect the breadth of its fans and the breadth and quality of its programs.”
Smith said the NFL also needs to be more creative when it comes to its casting, casting directors, and executives.
“We can’t get enough of our players, especially our young ones,” Smith said.
“It is so important to create a more diverse and inclusive environment for young people.”
The NFLPA is hosting a panel on July 31 on NFL science fiction movies and TV shows to discuss how the league can help its budding talent, which have been underrepresented at the NFL for years.
The panelists will include NFL executives, former players, and scientists and researchers.
NFL News contributed to this report.