Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 at 4:02 pm  |  15 responses

Study: Venue Influences College Refs

Indiana and Ball State professors measured college officials’ “fairness” by examining the number and timing of fouls called during games. By studying 365 major conference games — regular season, neutral-court conference tournament games, and neutral-court NCAA tournament games — they found this:

• The probability of a foul being called on the visiting team was 7 percent higher than on the home team.

• When the home team is leading, the probability of the next foul being called on them is about 6.3 percentage points higher than when the home team is trailing.

• The larger the foul differential between two teams, the greater the likelihood that the next call will be made against the team with fewer fouls. For example, when a home team has three or more fouls than the visiting team, the probability that the next foul call is made against the visiting team is more than 60 percent. When the foul differential is as high as five, then that probability rises to 69 percent. The researchers also observed this trend when they looked at neutral-court games.

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  • tommyboi

    well duh….

  • tavoris

    exactly tommyboy…why convene a study to determine something that’s common knowledge?

  • Michael Scorn

    Maybe the venue influences the way the players play and the refs are getting it right.

  • Michael Scorn

    How do they plan to fix this? Make sure the refs go back and forth with the fouls? No foul can be called on the same team twice in a row? The refs have to consider the score before they decide if there is a foul on the play? Why don’t we just schedule the fouls for them so they know what time and on who to call the fouls on?

  • luv2ball

    In another study, scientist found that popular guys in high school have sex more than non-popular guys.

  • doyouwantmore

    In ANOTHER study, scientists found that scientists receive funding for studies 75% more often when the study has no useful bearing and the conclusion of the study is already common knowledge.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    I like this link better, because it points out that Ed Hightower is the worst ref ever:

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones
  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Just poted that link. It has a picture of Ed Hightower on one of those Moon of Endor bicycle things from Return of the Jedi. Don’t miss it.

  • http://www.sixers.com 360vue

    i think any sportsfan in the world could have deduced instantly what it took this ‘study’ days and dollars to do. even a psychologist who didnt even watch sport could have told them this. anyway, ‘college refs’ sounds so exclsuive? it happens in almost every sport, stuff gets called when elsewhere it wouldnt have been given, and vice versa.

  • Michael Scorn

    Didn’t science prove that NBA refs were racist about 3 years ago?

  • http://www.sixers.com 360vue

    lol doyouwantmore…
    some analysts and scientists must be so bored. i heard the other day it was proven that a snail can travel across upturned razorblades without cutting itself.. genuinely, they have too much time on their hands its almost tragic to think they get paid to do such cr@p

  • dma

    that’s the point of this ‘study’ it’s common knowledge that people that play at home get an advantage. what’s wrong is that people are ok and accept it.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Mind you it didn’t go into that particular scenario where the home team is up but 25 with about 5 mins to go and then all of a sudden…the refs just dont make ANY calls…’your up by 25 how about we just not worry abut the last 5 mins here..?’

  • Cizzo

    So what does this really means?????????????