ACC to Make History with All Black Umpire Crew This Weekend

(2/25) The Atlantic Coast Conference will make history this weekend with an all Black umpire crew for the Virginia at North Carolina baseball series....

COVID & Preps: Referees part of the complex puzzle to get the games going

(2/25) In the mad scramble to get state high school seasons started for outdoor sports referees — once afterthoughts during the COVID-19 pandemic —...

Referee hospitalized in freak accident after Rutgers basketball game

(2/25) Official Angie Enlund was hurt at the end of the Rutgers-Michigan State women’s basketball game Wednesday and taken to a hospital. After the...

The NBA’s savvy moves and the ‘innovators’ who push the limits of the rulebook

(2/24) McCutchen is well aware of the schemes players pull. It was routine before games that players would approach him to pitch a sneaky...
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How an analytical chemist became one of the world’s top officials

(2/24) Kathryn Nesbitt became the first woman to referee a championship match in professional men's sports in North America in December, when she took...

Ann Schroeder, one of Nebraska’s first female basketball refs, retires after 35 years

(2/23) Ann Schroeder has seen a lot in her 35 years of officiating. Now it’s time to hang up the whistle. Schroeder, one of...

How Paul Johnson uses his referee experience as head of Hamilton’s pandemic response

(2/23) Right before the City of Hamilton activated its emergency operations centre (EOC), Paul Johnson remembers travelling to Windsor and Burlington, judging basketball officials,...

Referee assaulted during High School basketball game

(2/23) A disturbing incident in an Omaha high school gym involving a player and referee is caught on camera. A 44-year-old referee alleges being...
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Former wrestling standout stays involved as a world-class referee

(2/22) Kenny Cook was a two-time state wrestling tournament qualifier for Mountain View when an injury on the mat left him temporarily paralyzed and...

New Jersey Youth Soccer announces Referees of the Year

(2/22) New Jersey Youth Soccer continues its virtual celebration of the 33rd Annual NJYS Awards Presented by RWJBarnabas Health today, officially announcing Marisa Brandon...

Graham Potter feels disrespect for referees is ‘cultural problem’

(2/21) Brighton boss Graham Potter believes referees will only be treated with the respect they deserve if society undergoes a cultural change. Premier League...

CIF commissioner addresses outdoor hoops, case rates, fans and length of football season

(2/20) Could high school basketball and volleyball actually start on outside courts this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, which currently restricts indoor sports?...
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Referees doing “yeoman’s work” calling high school games during pandemic

(2/20) Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, numbers for high school sports officials in Illinois were on the decline. Particularly in basketball. For whatever...

Mike Dean: Referee involved in incident-packed game on return

(2/20) In a month that has included death threats and a club requesting he did not officiate their matches, Mike Dean will surely have...

Sarah Thomas On Being First Woman To Referee A Super Bowl

(2/19) As millions of people watched Super Bowl LV from their homes on Sunday, many couldn’t help but notice Sarah Thomas’ blonde ponytail sticking...

Officials association struggles with referee shortage

(2/18) Parents, players and coaches are all thankful that high school winter contact sports are back here in mid-Michigan. But if it weren’t for...
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Fall Sports in February, Participation Opportunities Continue

(2/17) Fall sports in February and March? As we all know, anything is possible in the year of COVID-19. The amazing resolve and determination...

Local basketball referee ready to retire after 50 year career

(2/17) Officiating basketball is not easy, and to still be doing it at the age of 76 is remarkable. Howard Christian is ready to...

FA wants academy players to undertake basic referee course to aid empathy and understanding...

(2/17) The Football Association wants all young professional footballers coming through English clubs’ academies to undertake a basic referee course so they can have...

NASCAR pace car driver, announcer swap roles to announce, referee at high school games

(2/17) By day, Kip Childress is a NASCAR official whose duties include driving the pace car for the cup series, and Mark Garrow announces...
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HBCUs are well-represented in NBA games, holding a referee’s whistle

(2/17) The NBA’s lone player from a historically Black college and university (HBCU) is the Portland Trail Blazers’ Robert Covington. However, there is a...

Black History Month: Local NBA referee scores big with philanthropy and fine dining

(2/16) Building a legacy based on much more than basketball, Norfolk’s own NBA referee Tony Brothers is taking a shot at something new: fine...

OFFICIATING THE PANDEMIC: How the pandemic has affected referees and umpires

(2/16) Referees and umpires also took a big hit with the loss of games last spring. Texas Association of Sports Officials President Dal Watson...

Referee Dean to return to Premier League action despite death threats

(2/16) Premier League referee Mike Dean will take charge of Burnley's game with West Brom on Saturday after excusing himself from last weekend's action...

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