Monday, May 07, 2007

Referee Bias in the NBA?

"NEW YORK — An academic study of NBA officiating found that white referees called fouls at a greater rate against black players than against white players, The New York Times reported on its Web site Tuesday.

The study by a University of Pennsylvania assistant professor and Cornell graduate student also found that black officials called fouls more frequently against white players than black, but noted that that tendency was not as pronounced.

The NBA's study, using data from November 2004 to January 2007, was based on information that included which official made each call. The NBA denied a request by Wolfers and Price to obtain that information, citing confidentiality with officials."

Comments: I'd have to agree with Sir Charles Barkley on this one, who noted that their are more black players in the NBA than any other race, and usually more black players on the court than any other race during a game. To make this sort of study is foolish, but sometimes people just need ways to kill time..


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