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An Examination of NBA MVP Voting Behavior


  • B. Jay Coleman

    (University of North Florida)

  • J. Michael DuMond

    (ERS Group, Inc)

  • Allen K. Lynch

    (Mercer University,


The selection process of the most valuable player (MVP) in the National Basketball Association (NBA) was recently questioned as to whether African American players were treated unfairly based on their race. Using NBA voting data from the 1995-2005 seasons, two empirical models are developed to examine the role that a player's race plays in the determination of this award. The estimates imply that after controlling for player, team, and market characteristics, there is no statistically significant effect of race on the likelihood that a player will appear on an MVP ballot or on the number of votes he will receive.

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  • B. Jay Coleman & J. Michael DuMond & Allen K. Lynch, 2008. "An Examination of NBA MVP Voting Behavior," Journal of Sports Economics, , vol. 9(6), pages 606-627, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:jospec:v:9:y:2008:i:6:p:606-627

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    discrimination; basketball; Tobit; probit;


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