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‘Bringing a human side to us’: Coin toss aims to flip viewpoint on officials

"We are human people, we're not just out here officiating a football game. We do care about people."

NFL: Week 5 referee assignments

Brad Rogers and his crew will officiate this week’s Thursday night contest in Denver. Clete Blakeman's crew is off this week.

Referee Magazine – November 2022 Preview

Features The Chickasaw Way. With a work ethic passed down from his ancestors, Mike Weatherford has earned everything he has achieved. The Squawk...

Gibson makes final call: MLB umpire retires after 24-year career

Greg Gibson is closing the book on a 24-year Major League Baseball umpiring career with no regrets.

ACC Football official and retired Virginia High School League Deputy Director dies

Tom Zimorski, who made a lasting impact on Virginia and Atlantic Coast Conference athletics, has died at the age of 75.

History Made: Female Officiating Team Takes Charge at Sofia Open

For the first time, an all-female chair umpire team was assigned to an ATP Tour event.

NFL: Week 4 referee assignments

Tra Blake, in his first season at the referee position, will officiate his first primetime game in his new white hat. Ron Torbert...

Youth Coach Faces Assault Charges After Hitting Referee With Football

A Massachusetts youth football coach is facing one count of assault and battery after he struck a referee in the chest with a...

NBA: 2022-23 Points of Education

See the 2022-23 Points of Education video, narrated by SVP, Head of Referee Development and Training, Monty McCutchen.

Basketball referee John Higgins isn’t afraid to call foul on bad behavior

“When it gets personal. Everybody has a line in the sand. At one time I gave more than anybody. If he starts embarrassing...

Red Stars’ Bianca St. Georges ejected after flipping double birds at referee

A Chicago Red Stars defender received a red card and was ejected after she flipped a pair of middle fingers at the official.

Take fouls, score changes will be different in NBA this year

“From that standpoint, we think more exciting basketball is on the horizon with these transition scoring opportunities."

Doors Opening Wider

Clockwise from top left: Amanda Bender, Maia Chaka, Kelly Dine, Sara Woods, Kaili Kimura By Tim Yonke In what could be a blueprint for women...

Hibbing’s Minnesota North College offering new officiating courses to battle referee shortage

They’re launching their first single credit officiating course. Students or community members can learn the fundamentals of reffing.

NFL: Week 3 referee assignments

Clay Martin and his crew will officiate the divisional matchup on Thursday. Brad Allen’s crew has the week off.

6 FAQs About Bylaws

Every officials group should draft and adopt a set of bylaws to govern the association. Here is a list of frequently asked questions...

ACC Board of Directors Announces Relocation of League Office to Charlotte

The Atlantic Coast Conference Board of Directors announced that the conference office will relocate its headquarters in 2023.

AFL: Tears flow as umpire learns of Grand Final debut

The three umpires selected for the 2022 Toyota AFL Grand Final get a life-changing phone call ahead of the decider.
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Police the Pile

How does the runner usually react when he’s been tackled? The norm in college and pro football is that runners lay patiently after...

NBA Referee Kane Fitzgerald Named to Lead Replay Center

Kane Fitzgerald has been announced as the league’s new vice president of referee operations and replay center principal.


He is an MLS and FIFA referee, and will be working the World Cup to his list of accomplishments come November.

SoCon joins officiating consortiums

The Southern Conference has joined with the SEC and others in officiating consortiums in the sports of women's basketball and baseball.

Violence at high school football games a nationwide issue amid referee shortage

Friday nights are not about students fighting in the stands or parents hopping fences to join a brawl between players.

A Careful Return to Officiating Will Avoid Injury

Whether it was the off-season and you were on break, you sustained an injury or became sick and had to take time to...

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