Referee Research Paper
After doing all of this research in my opinion, the most important thing for people to understand about my topic is that the attitude of the general public in regard to authority and referees in professional sports has changed. In the past no one would ever have considered throwing a ball at a ref or tossing food from the stands at them. Referees were respected and it was a reputable profession. Today people constantly complain about them, their calls are always subject to review, and the players and coaches argue with them constantly. Today most people cannot imagine why anyone would want to be a referee. This is shocking but I think it shows how Americans’ views of authority figures have shifted.
Also, in the past referee’s would never have thought to place bets on games or at least very few would ever have considered doing something that might have resulted in a scandal. And yet in one of my sources, I found an article about a ref who had placed bets on over 100 games some of which he himself was officiating. He discussed how the refs are biased because of the impressions certain players make on them and he used this to predict the out come of certain games. Personally, I find this absolutely horrifying and cannot believe that people would even consider placing bets on a game they are officiating. That is in a way fixing a game.