Stats show NBA officiating is biased against small markets like Indiana Pacers

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If you rework the data, small markets get the most incorrect calls against them total.

So we went ahead and pulled the data into a spreadsheet and reworked it to look at total incorrect calls against the teams in the last two-minute report, and here are the 5 bottom teams.

  1. Dallas Mavericks – 27 incorrect calls against
  2. Sacramento Kings – 23 incorrect calls against
  3. Denver Nuggets – 22 incorrect calls against
  4. Indiana Pacers – 20 incorrect calls against
  5. Cleveland Cavaliers -18 incorrect calls against

Notice a pattern among the teams present in the list? Would most of them operate as small-market NBA teams? Notice the lack of LA teams? New York teams?

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It’s important that the NBA take a long hard look at officiating and the so-called superstar treatment, because it may not only be that. Larger markets are getting more calls to go their way in addition to many of the other advantages that are already present such as collecting superstar free agents and the broken all-star voting.

Until the NBA addresses the inequities between small and large markets in terms of competitive advantage, these types of disparities will continue to emerge and compound as small market teams struggle to keep pace with the larger ones.

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