Social Media Roundup: The Refs Are Embarrassed, Too

A referees association reacts to the fallout from a blown call. Also: Why some conferences are more expensive than they look.

Referees Association: Ashamed

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, the NFL is having a bit of a row with its referees, leading the league to use replacements — some of whom were blamed for blowing a call at the end of Monday night’s Packers-Seahawks game. Barry Mano, the president of the National Association of Sports Officials, which represents both the NFL referees and the kind of lower-level referees blamed for blowing the call, called the situation an “embarrassment” to the profession — to put it lightly. (ht @SmartBriefScoop)

The Hidden Costs, Covered

Consultant Steve Drake, in a recent blog post, relates a situation he experienced with one of his client groups. Drake notes that the cost of their conferences was much higher than attendees might be aware, because sponsors and exhibitors help cover some of the cost. Which leads him to a question: “So, when attendees ‘complain’ about the ‘high’ cost of registration, do we tell them the real cost?”

Should they?

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Ernie Smith

By Ernie Smith

Ernie Smith is a former senior editor for Associations Now. MORE

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