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.

Say Good Knight (November 1999)

Referee got an exclusive interview with Ted Valentine, the referee whose run-in with Indiana basketball coach Bob Knight featured discord on the court as...

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...

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...

In the Line of Duty (August 2013)

A disputed call, a punch thrown at an official, a tragic death.

Court Presence (April 2008)

Referee called on Alan Goldberger, an expert on officiating-related law, to summarize the most important court cases in the history of the industry.

The Games of Stephen Peterson (March 1995)

The strange story of a high school football official who bore a resemblance to an NFL official. Peterson had hoodwinked his friends, the local...

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...

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...

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