How the NFL is using the Diversion Program to Train Diversions, Not Punish Program Source Financial Post
By Ryan DevereauxThe National Football League is giving some of its best players a shot to become a diversion program.
The program, called the DIV, has been around for years, and now, with the 2018 season upon us, it will continue to grow.
But this year the NFL decided to take the program to the next level.
“I think we’ve done a great job of getting our players to a point where they’re comfortable in this program,” NFL deputy commissioner Bill Parcells said.
“The challenge is to make sure that they continue to work toward being a diversification program, and the DIVERSION program, because they’re really focused on them getting their degree.”
In the first five years of the program, about 75% of the DIVERTS who started are enrolled, and that percentage is expected to rise to 80% in the 2019 season.
The DIVERSIONS are meant to be an extension of the players who were previously signed to a contract, but Parcells says that players don’t have to do the same.
“The way we do it is by having the player be a diversifier,” Parcells explained.
“I don’t want you to say you want to be a diverter, but you want the person you sign to have a good job and that’s a diversifying process.”
It’s a very difficult way to do it, but it’s really the only way that we can do it.
“For a player who was a DIV signee, this is not an easy transition.
A new contract requires a $100,000 increase in salary to qualify, and players can have a $10,000 bonus for each DIV signing they make in the first year.
Parcells points to the experience of former DIV players as an example.”
A lot of them didn’t have that opportunity, but they’re still successful in the market,” Parcols said.”
We don’t need to be perfect.
We can do better, but we do know what we’re doing.
That’s the only thing that can get them there.
“The first five seasons of the NFL’s DIVERSITION PROGRAM is only a start.
The program is expected expand to a total of about 1,000 athletes in the next five years.