Lawmakers as Referees?

By: Tom Campbell Email
By: Tom Campbell Email

March 6, 2008
Columbia, SC--

The home team lost, so a Spartanburg lawmaker has introduced a bill in the General Assembly requiring officials to use television replays to resolve close calls in high school football and basketball playoff games.

Representative Harold Mitchell filed the bill afer Spartanburg High lost, 50 to 48, to Summerville in a high school basketball championship game.

A Spartanburg player hit a three point shot at the buzzer that would have won the game, but the referees waved it off.

Mitchell said he respects their decisions, but sees no problems with replays.

High School League Executive Director Jerome Singleton said the organization follows national high school rules that do not allow referees to check TV replays.

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