Cheating has been a central point of sports from early beginnings – athletes always look for ways to push the boundaries in order to be the best at their sport. What happens, however, when external factors impact the final results of games?
A former Antigonish resident is doing his Masters research on exactly that; NBA scorekeepers have a bias when submitting results after games. Matthew van Bommel believes many NBA scorekeepers have a bias when observing a game:
van Bommel says that most teams hire scorekeepers for each arena, meaning that box scores such as triple doubles are often given out to players too often, mainly because of bias. His research on this topic has been published and he continues to look more into the bias that exists in the NBA