Montague & West Highlight Cooperstown Ballet

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has announced the eight-person ballot that for the Class of 2024.

Obituary: Michael Eckenrod

(8/17) His love for basketball led him to become a high school and college basketball referee for over 20 years.

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.

Blakeman and Vinovich are Conference Championship referees

(1/18) Blakeman will have the NFC game between the Buccaneers and Packers; Vinovich will be heading the crew for the AFC game between the...

Meet NBA Referee Natalie Sago

(5/18) A Farmington High School graduate is making history in the National Basketball Association. Natalie Sago is a 2007 graduate of Farmington, and one...

NHL Referees, Linespersons for 2024 Stanley Cup Final

Two teams. Eight officials; four referees, four linesmen. Here are the officials who’ve made the final NHL cut.

AAA player starts brawl during home-run trot with helmet toss

A Triple-A game turned into fight night at the ballpark after one of the most unusual benches-clearing brawls in some time broke out.

New England’s Bruce Arena gets two games, $15k fine for outburst

(8/24) New England Revolution head coach Bruce Arena has been suspended for two more games and fined $15,000 for confronting game officials after receiving...

“Chic” Johnson still loves to officiate after more than four decades

(11/27) Gary “Chic” Johnson estimates he was around 13 years old when he first got into officiating. At that age, Johnson obviously couldn’t be...

Lawmakers Call Foul on Referee Abuse

(8/24) At least 20 states have laws providing special criminal penalties for attacks against referees.

Jeff Bergman discusses emotions of ending 30-year NFL officiating career in Super Bowl LVII

Bergman, 68, is retiring after 30 years as an NFL official, primarily as a line judge. He will officiate Super Bowl LVII on Feb....

Play ball? A committee of Connecticut coaches, officials and umpires hope to get kids...

(5/17) A group of Connecticut baseball coaches and officials is urging the state to allow them to play ball, getting their young players on...

“It’s the worst it’s been:” Referee shortage leading to more Saturday, Thursday high school...

"It is the worst it's been. It was bad before the pandemic but now the pandemic is here too."

COVID-19 causes University of Wisconsin, WIAA to cancel fall state tournaments slated for UW...

(9/9) If the WIAA has state championships this fall, they won't happen at the University of Wisconsin. Wednesday the state's high school sports governing...

Bittersweet Olympic assignment for beach volleyball referee Brig Beatie

(7/17) For Brig Beatie, being chosen to officiate beach volleyball in the Tokyo Olympics is the pinnacle of his officiating career. But the honor...

One referee highlights the benefits of being a game official as need rises

As the need for more sports officials rises, multi-sport official Jay Bizzari said that the commitment can be very enriching.

Welsh referee Nigel Owens retires after 100 rugby tests

(12/11) Welsh referee Nigel Owens announced his retirement from international rugby on Friday after 100 tests. The 49-year-old Owens became the first ref to...

Becoming referee helps former soccer player improve his game, character

(11/20) “As a referee, you always have to be prepared and always have to be aware of what’s happening during matches, which also helped...

High School Sports: COVID-19 fears have kept many officials away

(2/13) Like players and coaches, this high school basketball and hockey season has been filled with challenges, changes and protocols for officials. Frost, president...

‘I do it for the joy’ – South Carolina Hall of Fame basketball referee...

(5/20) For Piedmont native Al Banister, the highlight of spending the past 37 years as a high school basketball referee has been working with...

Local referees react to video of fight between parent and Fort Wayne official

The abuse officials endure takes its toll. There’s a shortage of officials right now, in large part because of poor treatment of referees.

Referee Kevin Pollock Injured at Bruins/Canes

(8/16) Referee Kevin Pollock was injured after being hit by a puck during Saturday’s game between the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes. The veteran...

FOR XFL CHAMPIONSHIP REFEREE MICHAEL VANDERVELDE, OFFICIATING IS A FAMILY AFFAIR

A young Michael VanderVelde grew up following his father around the football fields and basketball courts of the Grand Rapids area.

How the NCAA protects against lightning dangers at baseball games

An event meteorologist's job is to keep players and spectators safe by tracking the weather around the stadium – especially lightning.

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