Are NBA referees racist?

Follow       bakadesuyo on Twitter

The NBA provides an intriguing place to assess discrimination: referees and players are involved in repeated interactions in a high-pressure setting, with referees making split-second decisions that might allow implicit racial biases to become evident. We find that more personal fouls are awarded against players when they are officiated by an opposite-race officiating crew than when they are officiated by an own-race refereeing crew. These biases are sufficiently large so that they affect the outcome of an appreciable number of games. Our results do not distinguish whether the bias stems from the actions of white or black referees.

Source: “Racial Discrimination Among NBA Referees” from Quarterly Journal of Economics

Follow me on Twitter here or get updates via email here.

Related Posts:

Is it often a surprise who turns out to be an NBA superstar?

Does when you were born affect whether you’ll be a great athlete?

Things you didn’t know about sports

Posted In:
Post Details