Stories We're Most Proud Of

Stories We're Most Proud Of

After 40 years, Referee has covered some of the most well known and least-known but extremely important topics and events in the history of officiating. We’ve selected those we feel are the most notable. Here are the actual spreads from those stories as they were originally printed.

Stories We're Most Proud Of

Stories We're Most Proud Of
After 40 years, Referee has covered some of the most well known and least-known but extremely important topics and events in the history of officiating. We’ve selected those we feel are the most notable. Here are the actual spreads from those stories as they were originally printed.

Fight for Independence (January 1998)

Are officials employees or independent contractors? Referee’s feature told the story that started with a local California official applying for unemployment compensation, a local...

The Art of Being an Official (July/August 1977)

Building a schedule, working with other officials, managing the game — the very essence of what it takes to be and means to be...

Are You Your Own Worst Enemy? (September 1980)

In the first of what would prove to be many features on the psychology of officiating, Referee suggested that officials point an accusing finger...

Locked Out (January 2013)

One of the most bitter labor actions in sports history occurred when the NFL locked out its officials before the 2012 preseason and put...

Death of a Union (May 2000)

Years of strife between the Major League Umpires Association and Major League Baseball came to a head in July 1999 when Richie Phillips, the...

Vindicated (February 1999)

A simple call on the world’s biggest stage led to widespread international vilification of U.S. soccer referee Esse Baharmast. But when the call was...

Heads or Tails (May 1999)

It was the coin toss heard round the world when veteran NFL referee Phil Luckett seemingly “screwed up” the simple flip. Amid a media...

Not Enough Refs (October 2001)

NASO data reported in Referee as early as 2001 revealed what our current survey is making absolutely clear, there is, and has long been, a...

They Made Officiating (November 2007)

One of our more challenging compilations identified the people who were most influential in shaping and maintaining the officiating industry.

A Long Way Down (July 1991)

A gut-wrenching profile in Referee revealed that a former NBA legend was an alcoholic, living in the backseat of a dilapidated auto and was...

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