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Among Brackets And Cinderellas, A Focus On Refs

When the NCAA Tournament gets under way in earnest Thursday, most fans will be watching closely for their favorite teams, upsets by the latest Cinderellas, and buzzer-beaters.

What they probably won’t pay too much attention to — unless something goes wrong — are the referees. Ideally, the refs won’t become the focal point of any college hoops game, let alone one with the importance of March Madness.

Players, coaches and the refs themselves agree that the best referees are always present, but rarely noticed, as Bob Katz notes in his new book, The Whistleblower: Rooting for the Ref in the High-Stakes World of College Basketball.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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