Officials appointed for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Today, the FIFA Referees Committee announced the lists with the names of the selected match officials for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

NCAAM Officiating Coordinator J.D. Collins announces retirement

Collins was appointed to the position in May 2015 after a two-decade career that included officiating two Final Fours.

John Higgins joins Des Moines radio station to talk about AAU tournament

After the game, Attitude Kid (aka # 38) walked up to Higgins, "put his middle finger up, and tells me 'You f**ing suck'".

Referee Garrett Rank Pulled from U.S Open Qualifier for NHL Playoff Game

Referee Garrett Rank was forced to leave his U.S. Open qualifier for Game 1 between the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche.
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Fight Between Parents, Umpires After Baseball Game Leads To Calls For Change

“The main reason that people are getting out of officiating is because of this bad behavior...parents acting out like complete idiots.”

Pac-12 scraps divisions after NCAA Division I Council votes to eliminate requirements for FBS...

"Our goal is to place our two best teams in our Pac-12 Football Championship Game for the best opportunity to optimize CFP invitations."

Colorado referee Esse Baharmast elected to National Soccer Hall of Fame

Baharmast was a FIFA referee, served on the US Soccer Federation, and is currently director of referees for Colorado Soccer Association.

Former NBA referee Steve Javie weighs in on postseason officiating

“In the playoffs, the players have always competed at an incredible level compared to the regular season,” Javie said.
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Big 12 Reprimands Coach Mike White

“Coach White’s action was a clear violation of Sportsmanship expectations, and we accept his public apology,” Bowlsby said.

New York: New legislation proposed to help protect sports officials

A New York Senator and Assemblyman have introduced legislation to toughen penalties against people who harass or assault sports officials.

Referee abuse: “Hey, it’s only a game!”

After all, why should a high schooler or young adult want to stand there and take endless verbal abuse after close call?

OP-ED: Angry parents are ruining youth sports. Here’s how to rein them in.

Black eyes and bloody noses are returning, this time the injuries aren’t just among the athletes but referees and umpires too.
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CHSAA: Michael Book selected as assistant commissioner in charge of sports officials

The Colorado High School Activities Association names Michael Book to be the next Assistant Commissioner in charge of Sports Officials.

WATCH: The NFHS Voice

NFHS CEO Karissa Niehoff says the boorish behavior of fans who attend sporting events is being normalized and even encouraged.

WATCH: NFL Hires Lo Van Pham as first Asian-American official

Lo Van Pham talks about being hired into the NFL with Greg Sherman.

Don’t put officials shortage on the back burner, Oklahoma. Now is the time for...

Have we gotten to the point where the shrinking number of officials has caused the cancellation of so many games that it’s become expected?
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Man who punched teen soccer ref apologizes

The man who was captured on video assaulting a teenage soccer referee has apologized, saying he's "deeply pained" by his actions and is seeking...

2022 Stanley Cup playoffs: How officials handle the intensity, scrutiny of postseason hockey

Before each round of the playoffs, commissioner Gary Bettman holds a mandatory call for coaches and general managers.

IHSA launching ‘Officiating 101’

The Illinois High School Association is hoping a new effort will help persuade more people to become officials for prep sporting events.

NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee plans to clarify definition of flopping

The NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee plans to better define rules regarding flopping in the coming weeks.
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NCAA Women’s basketball to experiment with technology rule

The Women's Basketball Rules Committee approved an experimental technology rule to allow teams to view live video on their bench.

NFL announces hiring of 10 new on-field officials for 2022 season

The NFL has 10 new game officials for the 2022 season, all previously officiated within the Power 5 college football conferences.

Hair Adornment Use Clarified; Shot Clock Guidelines Adjusted in Basketball Rules

The allowance of hair adornments made of hard material and shot clock guideline adjustments have been made in high school basketball.

Umpire Mike Maconi doubles as Phillies’ official scorer

“People aren’t understanding that. Umpires don’t care who wins or loses. The guys just want to make a few extra bucks and they love...

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