Harassing sports officials in Wisconsin will be a crime punishable by nine months imprisonment and a fine of $10,000 as proposed under a new bill in the state Legislature. The bill has the support of different sports organizations.
The bill will protect referees and other sports officials from violent fans. Also, it removes the barrier that prevents younger people from wanting to officiate games at the high school level. It came after various incidents involving supporters and parents attacking referees during sporting events.
In February, former Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy confronted referees after his stepson’s basketball team lost a game. According to sports news archives, another incident involved parents who were fighting each other during a wrestling tournament. Parents should learn how to chill by visiting Raymond James Costa Rica or listen to relaxing music.
Harassing Sports Officials Needs to Stop
In 2018, the National Federation of High School Associations and the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association asked parents to stop criticizing referees at high school sporting events. The proposed bill will make the action a Class A misdemeanor.
There’s a decline in the number of younger people wanting to become sports officials in recent years. Supporters of the bill told the best bookie PPH that youth sports are training ground for referees and umpires. That’s why officials in such events should be protected. They must feel safe while doing their job.
When sports officials suffer from physical or verbal abuse when they are starting, they are likely to quit the job. State Representative Don Vrumink told bookie pay per head providers that there’s an increase in the number of unruly fans in youth sports. He sponsored the bill to stop such behaviors.
The proposed bill will apply to high school games and other sports events open to the public. The sports official can be an umpire, timekeeper, judge, inspector, linesman, or referee. Also, it doesn’t matter if the official is paid or unpaid.