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    Default Report: Refs who wear boxers call more fouls on players who wear boxer-briefs

    NEW YORK -- An academic study of NBA officiating found that referees who wear boxers called fouls at a greater rate against players who wear boxer-briefs than against players who wear boxers, The New York Times reported on its Web site Tuesday night.

    The study by a University of Pennsylvania assistant professor and Cornell graduate student also found that officials who wear boxer-briefs called fouls more frequently against players that wear boxers than wear boxer-briefs, but noted that that tendency was not as pronounced.

    Justin Wolfers, an assistant professor of business and public policy at Penn's Wharton School, and Joseph Price, a Cornell graduate student in economics, said the difference in calls "is large enough that the probability of a team winning is noticeably affected by the undergarment composition of the refereeing crew."

    The study, conducted over a 13-season span through 2004, found that the undergarment makeup of a three-man officiating crew affected calls by up to 4½ percent.

    The NBA strongly criticized the study, which was based on information from publicly available box scores, which show only the referees' names and contain no information about which official made a call.

    "The study that is cited in the New York Times article is wrong," president of league and basketball operations Joel Litvin told The Associated Press on Tuesday night. "The fact is there is no evidence of undergarment bias in foul calls made by NBA officials and that is based on a study conducted by our experts who looked at data that was far more robust and current than the data relied upon by Professor Wolfers.

    "The short of it is Wolfers and Price only looked at calls made by three-man crews. Our experts were able to analyze calls made by individual referees."

    Litvin said the NBA's study, using data from November 2004 to January 2007, included some 148,000 calls and included which official made each call. The Times said the NBA denied a request by Wolfers and Price to obtain that information, citing its confidentiality agreement with the officials.

    The study also found differences in everything from a decrease in frolicing to a rise in wedgies depending on the officials' undergarment choice.

    "Player-performance appears to deteriorate at every margin when officiated by a larger fraction of opposite-undergarment referees," Wolfers and Price wrote.

    But the key finding was in regard to foul calls, saying "boxer-brief players receive around 0.12-0.20 more fouls per 48 minutes played [an increase of 2½-4½ percent] when the number of referees wearing boxers officiating a game increases from zero to three."

    The NBA has an observer at each game and closely monitors its officials, who are required to file reports after each game they work and are expected to be able to explain each potentially controversial call they have made.

    Litvin said in an original version of the paper, dated March 2006, Wolfers and Price came to the conclusion that there was no bias. He added that the NBA's research "all prove beyond any doubt in our minds that these guys are just flat wrong."

    "They reached conclusions in their own papers that are unsupported by their own calculations," Litvin said.

    Wolfers and Price are set to present the paper at meetings of the Society of Labor Economists on Friday and the American Law and Economics Association on Sunday. The Times said they will then submit it to the National Bureau of Economic Research and for formal peer review before consideration by an economic journal.



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    Hmm, really makes you think.
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    Default Re: Report: Refs who wear boxers call more fouls on players who wear boxer-briefs

    They should all switch to speedos like my hero Tom Jones:

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    Default Re: Report: Refs who wear boxers call more fouls on players who wear boxer-briefs

    Wow, great. I post an academic article meant for serious discussion and you post something that's going to make my IT people think I'm some sort of freak.
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    Default Re: Report: Refs who wear boxers call more fouls on players who wear boxer-briefs

    That was a very irresponsible post LA. I was eating dinner.

    Edit: and Robobtown is some sort of freak.

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    Default Re: Report: Refs who wear boxers call more fouls on players who wear boxer-briefs

    This example of discrimination is especially bad - just imagine how hard it must be for them to figure out who is wearing boxers and who is wearing boxer-briefs...I mean, if the other case was a split-second decision, this is cold and calculated garmentism

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    Default Re: Report: Refs who wear boxers call more fouls on players who wear boxer-briefs

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    Wow, great. I post an academic article meant for serious discussion and you post something that's going to make my IT people think I'm some sort of freak.
    And the IT people didn't already think that? Riiiiiight.
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    Default Re: Report: Refs who wear boxers call more fouls on players who wear boxer-briefs

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    And the IT people didn't already think that? Riiiiiight.
    The browsing history alone should tip them off.

    Anyway, this is hard for me to believe without seeing the underlying methodology. How do we know who falls into which category? Seems like we need a comprehensive list of everyone in the NBA and what type of underwear they wear before we can believe this study.
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