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.

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...

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...

Camp ACC (May 1998)

The business practices of Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball officiating coordinator Fred Barakat came under scrutiny when a Referee probe uncovered that Barakat was...

In the Fraternity (March 1998)

Violet Palmer and Dee Kantner made history when they were hired to the NBA staff. The story of how they broke the gender barrier...

The Case for Three-Person Mechanics (October 2005)

Referee’s landmark story has been used as a roadmap by many officials associations when they negotiated with schools, conferences and assigners, and ultimately helped...

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...

Louisiana Lockup (December 2014)

The outrageous treatment of two Louisiana high school football officials proved one of the most compelling stories in our 40-year history. James Radcliffe and...

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...

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...

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