nep-spo New Economics Papers
on Sports and Economics
Issue of 2017‒03‒05
two papers chosen by
João Carlos Correia Leitão
Universidade da Beira Interior

  1. Physical constitution matters for athletic performance and salary of NBA players By Bakkenbüll, Linn-Brit
  2. Is there A Positive Association between Increasing Salary Discrimination in the NBA and Unshrinking Racial Income Gap of White and Black Citizens ? By Hisahiro Naito; Yu Takagi

  1. By: Bakkenbüll, Linn-Brit
    Abstract: Basketball is one of the most practised sports in the world, especially in America. America has the most famous professional basketball league, the National Basketball Association (NBA). This study examines whether there is a relationship between the physical constitution of professional basketball players and their athletic performance in the 2015/16 NBA season. Regression results show that the relative wingspan influences the athletic performance in a significantly positive way whereas the vertical jumping ability influences it in a significantly negative way. Furthermore, age follows an inverted U-shape with a maximum at 28 years. Moreover, this study analyses the impact of on-court performance measurements and personal characteristics on salary for NBA players. Taller players have a higher salary in the 2015/16 NBA season.
    JEL: J24 J31 J49 J71 M12 Z22
    Date: 2017
  2. By: Hisahiro Naito; Yu Takagi
    Abstract: From the late 2000s, racial salary discrimination against black players emerged in the National Basketball Association (NBA) league. At the same time in the United States, the income gap between white and black citizens, which had been decreasing in the previous 20 years, stalled in the mid-2000s and started to increase again from the late 2000s. In this study, we examine whether increasing racial salary discrimination against black players in the NBA is positively associated with the non-shrinking income gap between white and black citizens. Using census data, we calculate the median income ratio of white and black males in each metropolitan area where at least one NBA team is located. Then, we examine whether the white premium of the salary of an NBA player is correlated with the median income ratio between white and black citizens of the metropolitan area where the player's team is located. We find that the white premium becomes higher in a metropolitan area where the median income gap of the citizen becomes smaller. Thus, increasing salary gap against black players in the NBA in the late 2000s and 2010s is not positively associated with non-shrinking income gap between white and black citizens
    Date: 2017–02

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