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Run the Clock and Shut Your Mouth

Paul Stewart | Posted 05.25.2015 | Sports
Paul Stewart

At the professional levels, there are regular crews who work the league that oversee operations and the penalty and game clocks. These folks are invaluable to us on-ice officials, and very often they spot things that the officials -- and even the coaches -- miss.

A Ref's Favorite Team? I Love 'Em All

Paul Stewart | Posted 05.18.2015 | Sports
Paul Stewart

You know something I've never seen? I've never seen a referee or linesman who is "biased" toward or against a particular team. I would say so if it was otherwise, and probably would have to be physically separated from the SOB if we were in the same place at the same time.

Successful NHL Officiating: 5 Keys for Refs, 5 Keys for Linesmen

Paul Stewart | Posted 03.10.2015 | Sports
Paul Stewart

Over the years, many aspiring hockey officials have asked me what I think the biggest keys are to being an effective referee or linesman. It is a subject that I have given constant thought to over the years, and I frequently discuss many of the key elements.

A Sad Adieu to Jean Beliveau

Paul Stewart | Posted 02.02.2015 | Sports
Paul Stewart

Today is another tough day for hockey and for myself with the news of the passing of the legendary Jean Beliveau at age 83.

Arbitres Sans Frontieres: The Glass Ceiling for NHL Francophone Officials

Paul Stewart | Posted 01.19.2015 | Sports
Paul Stewart

For American and Francophone officials in the NHL, there is still very much a glass ceiling. There are still subtle limits on the upper mobility even of the (still) relatively few who even get into the officiating rank-and-file.

Make Haste, Make Mistakes: Officiating in the NHL

Paul Stewart | Posted 01.05.2015 | Sports
Paul Stewart

One of the biggest mistakes any official can make is being too hasty to make a call. It can happen to anyone, including a veteran, but this is a learning experience that almost everyone goes through in his or her career: When you make haste, you make mistakes.

The Light at the End of the Tunnel May Be You

Paul Stewart | Posted 11.24.2014 | Sports
Paul Stewart

After many years, I am finally starting to figure out what my impact is and why I have lasted so long in this sport and this world after being counted out by others more times than I care to remember or count.

Not Just Haden: Another Tirade Against a PAC-12 Official

Wayne Coito | Posted 11.12.2014 | Hawaii
Wayne Coito

A much-less talked about game this past Saturday around the country involving a Pac-12 officiating crew was the University of Hawai'i home game against Oregon State.

Fox Didn't Give a Puck

Paul Stewart | Posted 10.27.2014 | Sports
Paul Stewart

Whenever I'd work a game in a city, I'd keep one game puck as a souvenir. Over the years, I assembled a pretty big collection of pucks from locales around the NHL and a host of other leagues. The puck collecting became an enjoyable little game for me.

Make-Up Calls: Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right

Paul Stewart | Posted 10.06.2014 | Sports
Paul Stewart

Hockey is a human game. No one wants to fail, and it can be an internal mental struggle to avoid dwelling on a mistake. A missed call can cause an official to lose his poise. He is more focused on what already happened than what's going on now.

How an NHL Official Can Command Respect: 5 Keys

Paul Stewart | Posted 09.29.2014 | Sports
Paul Stewart

Steve Yzerman was one of the greats. He also evolved into a player who commanded a lot of respect among fellow players as a team leader. That does not mean, however, that most officials enjoyed dealing with him.

Paul Stewart | Posted 09.27.2015 | Sports
Paul Stewart


The Better Side of Bettman

Paul Stewart | Posted 08.18.2014 | Sports
Paul Stewart

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is a controversial figure in many circles. That includes not only among fans and segments of the media, but also among some on the playing and officiating sides of the game.

A Youth Sports Tragedy

Clark Power | Posted 07.07.2013 | Sports
Clark Power

Let's hope that the youth sports community in the United States will respond to Ricardo Portilla's death with the moral outrage expressed throughout Europe.

WATCH: These NFL Refs Suck

Posted 09.20.2012 | Comedy

With the NFL referee lockout still in full effect, they've had to staff up with some less-experienced people in order for the seasons to start. Do...

The NFL Should Eliminate Coaches' Replay Challenges

Mitch Goldich | Posted 11.05.2012 | Sports
Mitch Goldich

With so many of the game's most critical plays now reviewed automatically, it's actually time to eliminate the coaches' challenge from the game outright.

PHOTOS: Training To Be A FIFA Referee

Posted 12.08.2011 | Sports

Following the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups, FIFA wanted to strengthen the support given to referees worldwide. This support is for continued support ...

NBA, Referees Reportedly Agree To New 5-Year Deal

AP | BRIAN MAHONEY | Posted 11.15.2011 | Sports

NEW YORK — The NBA and its referees approved a new five-year deal Thursday, just two years after a contract dispute nearly caused the league to ...

Time for Robo-Ref?

Larry Strauss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Larry Strauss

In the age of instant replay from multiple angles slowed down to hundredths of a second, is it even fair to expect human beings to continue to rely on their own eyes only to have the rest of us immediately see their mistakes?

To Err Is Human

Roger I. Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Roger I. Abrams

The egregious mistakes made by World Cup field officials are far more insufferable than the incessant vuvuzelas. These kinds of errors, made while the world is watching, can be both embarrassing and dangerous.

Refs Getting Hit: When Refereeing Goes Horribly Wrong (VIDEOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports

Referees are usually only noticed when they make a mistake, or at the very least a disputable call. But every now and then they find themselves in the...

The Implicit Bribe of Government Officials

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Everyone in government is running with a giant implied bribe hanging over their head. If they if they do as they are told, everybody gets rich. Oh right, except us.