No Referees, No Games

This article originally appeared in the October 1990 issue of Athletic Business.

Will the games go on? Sports officials are more in-demand than ever, and high school administrators are looking for an infusion of new blood in the officiating ranks.

When Bob Lombardi arrived on the scene at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association in 1988, high school teams in some sports and some areas of the state were playing musical chairs with their game schedules. Roughly half the schools would play a Tuesday-Friday schedule, while the other half would play Wednesday-Saturday. The reason? There simply weren’t enough game officials to go around if everyone played on the same night.

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