As I was posting yesterday about NBA officiating, I was thinking, “Wouldn’t it be great to read a dissertation by some really smart dude at MIT breaking down how bad officiating is in the league?”
And then, I sort of got my wish. The NYT reports today, “Study of N.B.A. Sees Racial Bias in Calling Fouls“:
A coming paper by a University of Pennsylvania professor and a Cornell University graduate student says that, during the 13 seasons from 1991 through 2004, white referees called fouls at a greater rate against black players than against white players.
And Big Brother’s response?
N.B.A. Commissioner David Stern said in a telephone interview that the league saw a draft copy of the paper last year, and was moved to do its own study this March using its own database of foul calls…
“We think our cut at the data is more powerful, more robust, and demonstrates that there is no bias,” Mr. Stern said.
So let’s get this straight. One U Penn professor and one Cornell graduate student do a study that covers 13 SEASONS of officiating in the NBA, and Big Brother Stern does one for ONE MAYBE TWO MONTHS and that study is “more powerful” and “more robust”?
Big Brother, dude, your numbers just don’t add up.
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