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Subject: Invisible Referees Not Always Invisible


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An Observer
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Date Posted: 00:16:04 02/12/18 Mon

On a recent broadcast of Ivy women's basketball, I observed that two of the three game officials were very attractive. So I made a point to remember to check the box score of the game to see if the officials had sufficiently unique names to google. Fortunately, both had searchable names.

Both women have very interesting personal stories. One was a player in the Lingerie Football League so only a day after I noticed that she was unusually attractive for a basketball official, I was treated to photographs of her in her underwear. Ka-ching!

What was even more arresting is how hard these women (and all officials) work to advance in the refereeing career ladder. They are under constant and regular scrutiny, with DVD review of every game by conference officials. It's a long slog from the entry level of junior high school games to the higher echelons.

Our lingerie model also officiates football games and is working her way up from NAIA and Division III conferences toward Division I and hopefully one day, the NFL. She was part of the first NCAA officiating crew in history which was majority female (four of seven).

These officials have to manage their families and "day job" careers to be always available for travel. Our two hottie officials commute all over the country to work games. The travel is constant during hoops season. Lingerie lady flew up from her home in Florida to work an Ivy game.

The referees work so hard to be invisible during games that sometimes we forget they are feverishly swimming upstream in their own highly intense ladder of competition.

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[> Subject: LFL


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Go Green
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Date Posted: 07:30:01 02/12/18 Mon


Best I can tell, no Ivy alum ever played in the LFL.

But the sister of a former All Ivy Dartmouth soccer player did. She coached a couple of years at Holy Cross as well.

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[> Subject: Re: Invisible Referees Not Always Invisible


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New York Hoops
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Date Posted: 08:06:10 02/12/18 Mon

Wow that’s interesting. None of the refs I’ve ever seen remotely look like that. I’m going to watch more game!

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[> Subject: Re: Invisible Referees Not Always Invisible


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An Observer
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Date Posted: 11:57:57 02/12/18 Mon

I had always assumed that Ivy refereeing would be a low key, local affair. In other words, I figured that every referee drove from within an hour or two radius of the game site, with the possible exception of Cornell and Dartmouth due to their geographic location.

Instead, there appears to be an active national market for officials, even for women's games which might have lower budgets. Ivy refs fly in for games from all over.

Here's another trivia question resulting from my recent reading, a two-parter: (a) How much does an Ivy women's basketball referee make for one game? (b) How much does an ACC women's basketball referee make for one game?

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[> [> Subject: Re: Invisible Referees Not Always Invisible


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An Observer
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Date Posted: 17:40:15 02/12/18 Mon

This is slightly dated information but, as of five years ago, referees for Ivy women's basketball earned $500 per game. At that price, it almost doesn't make sense to draw from a national pool.

Between airfare and potentially a hotel stay, the compensation to the individual involved is a fraction of the total expense. The conference might be better off significantly increasing the individual comp and aiming to draw the cream of those who can drive to the game.

Referees must arrive at least 1.5 hours before game time so, between travel and the pre-game cushion, you're usually tying up one full day of the official's time, if not two in the event of an overnight stay. $500 for one or up to two days' time seems rather modest.

In the ACC, women's basketball referees make $2000 per game, so you can see that other conferences might be adopting my suggestion, although I suspect that, if the Ivy League is recruiting officials nationally, the ACC probably is, too.

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[> Subject: I'm going to guess...


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Go Green
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Date Posted: 17:28:21 02/12/18 Mon


That this is the game you watched.

http://www.gocrimson.com/sports/wbkb/2017-18/videos/20180209-lr8k8nqc

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