#IdeaMonth Day 20: Humanizing Referees

Yesterday, I offered five suggested changes for each of the five major American sports leagues. Today, Richard Dietsch ran a piece in which he asked sports industry influencers what their one change would be. Alexi Lalas' answer was particularly interesting and I wanted to second it for today's idea.

I would mandate that referees speak on camera after the game. It would help them provide context to important decisions (even mistaken ones) and show media/fans a human side to a role that rarely is given one. Criticizing referees is a sport but I would like to see the criticism in the context of the personalities and characters that would emerge with this change.

Humanizing referees would be a good thing for sports.