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.

Nobody Told the Officials (August 2006)

It’s rare to encounter highly unusual or extraordinary situations, but such was the case when a high school football crew in Cincinnati put player...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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