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Subject: Re: Invisible Referees Not Always Invisible

An Observer
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Date Posted: 17:40:15 02/12/18 Mon
In reply to: An Observer 's message, "Re: Invisible Referees Not Always Invisible" on 11:57:57 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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