New York Athletic Referees Were Not Background Checked

Posted by Kristina Taylor
June 1, 2010

New York Athletic Referees Were Not Background Checked

From NBC New York, we’ve learned that several NY athletic refs have been fired after the Public School Athletic League (PSAL) discovered that they had “rap sheets”.  Sex offenses, felonies and other records were unknown because background checks were not done on the referees.

In response from public outcry (and embarrassment), background checks and fingerprinting will now be a standard part of the employment process for any person who desires to work for the PSAL.

Ironically, the state of New York did pass The Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act in 2000 which should have covered the employment of refs.  However, the PSAL was given an exemption which allowed them to avoid fingerprinting applicants.

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