Be the Referee: Too Much TV
Be the Referee: Too Much TV
Posted Thursday, February 26, 2015

This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl explains how inaccuracies in TV play-by-play can lead fans to quote rules incorrectly. 

Be The Referee is a series of short messages designed to help educate people on the rules of different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.

Below is this week's segment - Too Much TV - Listen

The over-saturation of sporting events on television has turned too many people into thinking they know it all about coaching and especially officiating. 

This only gets worse when the television commentators themselves don’t know the rules. On a recent Sunday afternoon college basketball broadcast, the team trying to bring the ball upcourt had the ball knocked out of bounds twice by the defense, and the color commentator said the offensive team was down to 6 seconds to get the ball across the center line. 

The fact is, whenever the ball is knocked out under those circumstances, the 10-second count resets; and whenever there’s a mistake on television like that, you can bet someone will take that as gospel and berate an official when it happens the next time they’re at a game.

Past editions
Feb. 16 - Video Clip Library - Listen
Feb. 9 - Cheer Safety - Listen
Feb. 2 - Basketball PA Announcers - Listen
Jan. 26 - Wrestling Health Concerns - Listen
Jan. 19 - Basketball Physical Contact -
Jan. 12 - Video Review Part 2 - Listen
Dec. 29 - Video Review Part 1 - Listen
Dec. 17 - Registration Part 2 - Listen
Dec. 10 - Registration Part 1 - Listen
Dec. 3 - Legacy Program - Listen
Nov. 26 - Sideline Management - Listen
Nov. 19 - 7-Person Mechanics - Listen
Nov. 12 - Blocking Below the Waist - Listen
Nov. 5 - Tournament Selection - Listen
Oct. 29 - Uncatchable Pass - Listen
Oct. 22 - Preparation for Officials - Listen
Oct. 15 - Automatic First Downs - Listen
Oct. 8 - Officials & Injuries - Listen
Oct. 1 - Overtime - Listen
Sept. 25 - Field Goals - Listen
Sept. 18 - Tackle Box - Listen
Sept. 11 - Pass Interference - Listen
Aug. 25 - Targeting - Listen


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