NBA Ref Racial Bias Redux

A few years ago, Wharton economist and Freakonomics contributor Justin Wolfers, along with co-author Joseph Price, published a paper alleging implicit bias among NBA referees. The paper kicked up a strong controversy, prompting fierce denials from the NBA. With this month's publication of the paper in The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Henry Abbott revisits both the paper's conclusions and the NBA's response.

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Would Cleveland Be Better Off With LeBron James or a New DaimlerChrysler Plant?

LeBron economics.

Can LeBron James Learn From Karl Malone?

Will he choose salary or a championship?

Asymmetric Penalties for the Double Technical

A strategy for the Lakers.

Are the Lakers a Sure Thing?

For the 20-year period ending in 2007, the Los Angeles Lakers' NBA championship record did a surprisingly good job of reflecting the stock market.

Good News for N.B.A. Fans

Tim Donaghy's 2007 arrest for betting on N.B.A. games, including games that he refereed, shocked basketball fans. Despite his astounding betting success rate (70 to 80 percent), Donaghy claimed that he never fixed N.B.A. games but rather used insider information, a claim that the N.B.A., the F.B.I., and the U.S. Attorney's office were unable to disprove.

Another Way to Look at Free-Throw Percentage

In a recent blog post, we linked to a New York Times article by John Branch showing that the percentage of made basketball free throws has remained steady for 50 years. A reader named Ashley Smart (aptonym?) replied with an amplification/caveat that is well worth sharing: I, like many of your other Freakonomics readers, was […]

Ballet Dancers Have a Leg Up on Basketball Players

Over the past half-century, ballet dancers who perform Sleeping Beauty at London’s Royal Opera House have been raising their legs higher and higher. (More here.) So why, over the same time period, have professional basketball players not improved their free-throw shooting?

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John Dunn/The New York Times Courtney Paris Oklahoma’s loss in the N.C.A.A. tournament raises interesting questions of both economics and law. The Sooners’s star player, Courtney Paris, promised before the tournament to pay back her scholarship if the Sooners didn’t win the championship. As an economist, I can’t wait to find out whether Paris will […]