Thursday, June 16, 2016
The New York Times Tackles Referee Issue
Victor Mather attempts to capture all sides of the referee issue in his article The Ultimate Debate: To Referee or Not to Referee [06.16.2016]. USA Ultimate and WFDF on one side versus Major League Ultimate and American Ultimate Disc League on the other.
The non-profit organizations like self-refereeing, and claims the International Olympic Committee (IOC) likes it, too. That said...observers are used in most USAU championship games; Game Advisors will be present at WFDF's upcoming international event.
On the other side, the for-profit (semi)pro ultimate leagues prefer referees to ref and players to play for a better fan experience.
This has been an ongoing debate for a long time. Read what Bill Nye had to say in 1980 about refs in the sport of ultimate.
[h/t Jimmy Mickle]