For years, unruly parents have turned youth sporting events into a toxic environment. The cancellation of games and entire seasons over the last two years hastened an exodus of referees.
Mr. Grier joined the league as a field judge in 1981 and was elevated to referee, or crew chief, seven years later, becoming a mentor to other Black officials.
Only one of these teams will prove us wrong.
The N.B.A. foul is never set in stone. As players reinvent the game, the officiating changes, too.
Unfamiliar jersey numbers, penalties for anything that seems like trash-talking, gambling everywhere. These changes will incite double takes this season.
For more than a decade, a group of Major League Baseball’s umpires has convened by phone to pursue spiritual solace.
Officials made some tweaks to the rule book for 2021. Next year, though, could bring much more rewriting.
The players dream of nationally televised glory. But for the nervous and excited volunteer umpires, the goal is to go unnoticed.
A high school football player in Texas became infamous when he did the unthinkable, leveling a referee. With grace from the ref, the player is seeking a new start.
With Joe West about to break Bill Klem’s record for games, a look at four umpires who can connect 1905 to 2021.
Statistics from the regular season indicate that the Buccaneers benefited more from officiating calls than the Chiefs did.
Players from the Turkish club Basaksehir and their Paris St.-Germain counterparts refused to play and left the field after a match official was accused of using racist language.
Last season, Crystal Hogan was the only woman officiating games in the top level of college basketball. The question is: Why?
In Massachusetts, rule changes brought on by the pandemic — no contact, no tackles, no headers, no throw-ins — are forcing soccer players and coaches to adapt to a very different game.
Some look to the effects of the disruptions caused by the pandemic, while others find other explanations. But it’s irrefutable teams are scoring more points than in last season.
Clay-court events have been the last holdouts against electronic line calling, in large part because of how well the surface absorbs marks wherever a ball lands.
A 17-year veteran N.B.A. referee discusses blown calls, player beefs and the timeless question: Do superstars get special treatment?
A new system meant no line judges on all but two courts, including the one where Novak Djokovic was playing when he hit a judge with a ball.
The stadium has been home to thrilling tennis moments, but also to strange and unusual ones.
The rule on the books is not well-known to some tennis fans, but it is clear.
When an umpire called out Serena Williams over coaching in the 2018 U.S. Open final, it erupted into a scene. This year, with no fans in the seats, there is chatter galore between coaches and players, even though it breaks the rules.
When Major League Soccer began airing video review discussions in real time, it gave fans a rare glimpse inside its games’ biggest calls. More sports should try it.
Professional sports are returning — to empty stadiums where you can hear birds sing. The game is the same. Watching it isn’t.