Bad Behavior Drove a Referee Shortage. Covid Made It Worse.

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.

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Johnny Grier, N.F.L.’s First Black Referee, Dies at 74

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.

#black-people, #deaths-obituaries, #football, #grier-johnny-1947-2022, #national-football-league, #officiating-sports

The Reason Every N.F.L. Playoff Team Will Lose

Only one of these teams will prove us wrong.

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What Is a Foul in the NBA? It’s Always Evolving

The N.B.A. foul is never set in stone. As players reinvent the game, the officiating changes, too.

#basketball, #national-basketball-assn, #officiating-sports, #sports-injuries

The N.F.L. Made Some Changes Since the Last Time You Watched

Unfamiliar jersey numbers, penalties for anything that seems like trash-talking, gambling everywhere. These changes will incite double takes this season.

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Before Balls and Strikes, Umpires Make a Call to Pray

For more than a decade, a group of Major League Baseball’s umpires has convened by phone to pursue spiritual solace.

#barrett-ted-1965, #baseball, #major-league-baseball, #officiating-sports, #prayers-and-prayer-books

College Football Rule Changes for 2021

Officials made some tweaks to the rule book for 2021. Next year, though, could bring much more rewriting.

#football-college, #instant-replay-sports, #officiating-sports, #sports-injuries

For Volunteer Umpires, Little League World Series in the Pinnacle

The players dream of nationally televised glory. But for the nervous and excited volunteer umpires, the goal is to go unnoticed.

#espn, #little-league-baseball-and-softball, #little-league-world-series, #officiating-sports, #williamsport-pa

Football Player Who Assaulted a Referee Seeks a New Start

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.

#assaults, #duron-emmanuel, #education-k-12, #football, #gracia-fred, #interscholastic-athletics, #officiating-sports, #rio-grande-valley-tex

Joe West to Break Record for Games Umpired

With Joe West about to break Bill Klem’s record for games, a look at four umpires who can connect 1905 to 2021.

#baseball, #major-league-baseball, #officiating-sports, #records-and-achievements, #west-joe

Will the Super Bowl Be Decided by Penalties?

Statistics from the regular season indicate that the Buccaneers benefited more from officiating calls than the Chiefs did.

#brady-tom, #football, #kansas-city-chiefs, #national-football-league, #officiating-sports, #super-bowl, #tampa-bay-buccaneers

Champions League Match Stopped After Official Is Accused of Racial Abuse

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.

#black-people, #discrimination, #istanbul-basaksehir-soccer-team, #officiating-sports, #paris-st-germain-fc-soccer-team, #soccer, #uefa-champions-league-soccer

A Referee Pursues Her Calling in the Men’s Game

Last season, Crystal Hogan was the only woman officiating games in the top level of college basketball. The question is: Why?

#basketball-college, #drew-league-basketball, #officiating-sports, #pacific-12-conference

Is This Still Soccer?

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.

#interscholastic-athletics, #massachusetts, #officiating-sports, #soccer

The N.F.L.’s High Scores This Season Might Be Related to the Pand

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.

#brady-tom, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #football, #green-bay-packers, #jackson-lamar-1997, #kansas-city-chiefs, #mahomes-patrick-1995, #national-football-league, #officiating-sports, #seattle-seahawks, #wilson-russell-1988

Will This Be the Last French Open With Only Human Eyes Minding the Lines?

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.

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Secrets of the Most Thankless N.B.A. Job: Referee

A 17-year veteran N.B.A. referee discusses blown calls, player beefs and the timeless question: Do superstars get special treatment?

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Automated Judging Changed the U.S. Open. Except at a Crucial Moment.

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.

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Ashe Stadium Again Turns Into an Arena of the Absurd

The stadium has been home to thrilling tennis moments, but also to strange and unusual ones.

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Why Novak Djokovic Was Disqualified From the U.S. Open

The rule on the books is not well-known to some tennis fans, but it is clear.

#djokovic-novak, #officiating-sports, #tennis, #united-states-open-tennis, #united-states-tennis-assn

Listen Closely, and You Will Hear Coaching During U.S. Open Matches

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.

#coaches-and-managers, #officiating-sports, #united-states-open-tennis

The Bubble’s Best TV Innovation Deserves a Longer Look

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.

#garber-don, #instant-replay-sports, #major-league-soccer, #officiating-sports, #soccer, #webb-howard-1971

The Eerie Sound of Sports Without Fans

Professional sports are returning — to empty stadiums where you can hear birds sing. The game is the same. Watching it isn’t.

#bayern-munich-soccer-team, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #officiating-sports, #soccer, #stadiums-and-arenas, #television, #uefa-champions-league-soccer