Why in the world would anyone want to be a referee?
In 2017, the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) conducted an exhaustive survey of its membership, with nearly 17,500 respondents answering 162 questions about their experiences and concerns. Nearly half -- 47.9 percent of male respondents and 44.7 percent of females -- said they have felt unsafe or feared for their safety because of administrator, coach, player or spectator behavior. When asked about the state of sportsmanship, 57 percent of the officials surveyed said it was getting worse.
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