A recent study finds that NBA commentators, the vast majority of whom are white, are far more likely to praise light-skinned players and criticize dark-skinned players.
The research reported by the Hill pointed out that while three-fourths of players in the NBA are black, it is almost exactly the opposite racial breakdown among NBA reporters.
According to the article, “Nearly three-fourths of players in the NBA are Black, according to Statista’s most recent data, while white players make up 16.9 percent of the league and Hispanic players make up 2.2 percent, leaving 6.6 percent of players from other races.”
However, the sports media trends toward the white side with its racial breakdown.
“The largely white male-dominated industry is only 7.6 percent Black, but 70 percent white, according to Zippia. Among sports broadcasters, that representation is even more white, with nearly three-fourths being white and just about 8 percent