BYU study: NBA refs' calls influenced by race

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  • Machado South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 7, 2010 7:00 a.m.

    I have to laugh. Someone doesn't like the results of a scientific study so he, with absolutely NO data at his disposal, rejects it out of hand. Sometimes they blame the messenger, sometimes the method, sometimes the scope of the study; whatever it is, he finds a reason to minimize the message of the study in his own mind.

    Yet when they agree with the results, these same people will point to studies and statistics to support their own point of view. Whether it is global warming, the effects of same-sex marriage, or the impact of tax cuts, we all love to show how smart we are by quoting the studies that support our already-existing prejudices.

    This is the epitome of blindness and prejudice.

    You complainers do understand that this study was not about NBA officiating, don't you? This was a social analysis that used the NBA as the laboratory since it provided key control factors that would augment the accuracy of the results. If you think otherwise, you missed the whole point.

    Try thinking a bit about what the study is really trying to say and see if it applies to you.

  • carpediem Holladay, UT
    Dec. 6, 2010 9:55 p.m.

    It's about respect. Steve Nash is respected enough to be favored and can draw fouls at will just like a Chris Paul or D-Will can. If a rookie tried half the stuff Kobe does he wouldn't get away with it.

  • cowboy99 South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 6, 2010 7:23 p.m.

    I like Sloan and Bell's take to this subject. I think trying to be conscious of implicit biases is only going to make it worse. So who cares?

  • NorthLights Payson, Utah
    Dec. 6, 2010 5:57 p.m.

    Are we actually talking about racism here, or just human nature? If I watch a film about a group of orphans, the child that most tugs at my heart strings is the child that looks like my own children. I suppose this study serves as a good reminder that we all need to make a conscious effort to overcome that tendency so we can see the real value in every person and the beauty that comes from our diversity.

  • cactusflats American Fork, UT
    Dec. 6, 2010 5:47 p.m.

    No doubt this has contributed to Yao Ming and Eduardo Najera's constant foul trouble, considering the complete lack of Asian and Mexican referees.

  • Barack Obama Phoenix, AZ
    Dec. 6, 2010 4:58 p.m.

    Its studies like this that create the racially charged and hyper-sensitive atmosphere we find ourselves in when discussing race. Its pointless and accomplishes nothing.

    'Lets all look within ourselves and find the inner racist....' Bleh, I don't need it.

    With regard to NBA fouls, did the authors talk to Greg Ostertag? Dude was a master at accumulating fouls.

  • Jack-P West Valley, UT
    Dec. 6, 2010 2:36 p.m.

    These statistics are so insignificant and there are so many intangible elements that could not possibly be factored in. Interesting study, but not very newsworthy.