Personalities

Profiles and stories about officials and people close to officiating.

Personalities

Personalities
Profiles and stories about officials and people close to officiating.

Marc Of Distinction

He used to sit anonymously in the Silverado High School bleachers in Las Vegas during  the mid-2000s, a bookish, kind man who could easily...

Profile: NFL Referee Clete Blakeman

NFL referee Clete Blakeman lights up the room and the field. That’s what his crewmates say about him. Tripp Sutter, a Big Ten official,...

Defining the “It” Factor

Rules knowledge, mechanics and making the right calls are important. Missing any of those elements can break your career, but having them won’t make...

Roger Ayers: Trials By Fire

With flames raging beyond a door he emotionally prepared to enter with his partner, Roger Ayers tightened his hands around the fire hose that was about to be activated...

All For Von and Von For All

For those of you familiar with the old television show, “Eight Is Enough,” you’ll appreciate that “Nine Isn’t Enough” for the Von Rueden family...

Solid Stance: Gerry Davis Profile

The honor hardly could be more fitting. OK, perhaps having a behind-the-plate stance named after you — as Gerry Davis does — isn’t technically an...

FIFA Referee Mark Geiger

By his own proud admission, the man is a nerd. Conjure images of that wisp of a kid you remember from high school who...
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Frank DeFord, Longtime Supporter of Sports Officials, Dies At 78

We at Referee magazine and the National Association of Sports Officials are much saddened by the passing of Frank DeFord. Frank received accolades, honors...

Michael Stephens: His “Rhode” Through Providence

When you talk to people who know Michael Stephens well, they’ll tell you he learned at the feet of the masters — from big-time Division I college basketball officials...

Soldier on After Tragedy

Ten-year-old Chris Stover wanted to be a soccer official, but the rules said he had to be 11. The assigner “felt sorry for him...

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