Much ado today over the New York Times article about a study that found racial bias in basketball refereeing.
An academic study of the National Basketball Association, whose playoffs continue tonight, suggests that a racial bias found in other parts of American society has existed on the basketball court as well.
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.
Black refs are said to have done the same in reverse. Now, before getting too outraged (one way or the other,) don't we need to know the race of the player fouled? I mean, if a black player fouls another black player and a white referee calls it, is that really racist? And the same goes for a black referee calling a white-on-white foul, which, of course, in today's NBA is almost statistically impossible.
I think this might be another number that proves little.