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Share of African Americans in pro sports in North America in 2020, by sport

Professional sports leagues in North America have traditionally been home to athletes from many backgrounds and ethnicities. In 2020, almost three-quarters of the players in the National Basketball Association (NBA) were African American. In comparison, just under 17 percent of NBA athletes were white and 2.2 percent were Hispanic.

Share of African American players in selected professional sports leagues in North America in 2019/20, by sport

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Source

Release date

July 2020

Region

North America

Survey time period

2019

Supplementary notes

Data other than that of the NBA comes from other reports.

*Data from 2018.

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