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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

The 18 Best Calls in Officiating History (March 2007)

While 24-hour sports television networks replay perceived missed calls ad nauseum, no one had ever attempted to compile a list of officials’ best work....

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...

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...

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.

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