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Friday Night Lights pushed to Thursdays due to officials shortage

Friday Night Lights pushed to Thursdays due to officials shortage

KCBD-Lubbock: Referee association covering 60 schools face membership declines of 50+

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – As the high school football season kicks off in four weeks, the teams and fans will be ready, but will the officials?

The Texas Association of Sports Officials South Plains Football Chapter is in need of officials. TASO Secretary Ken Patterson says it’s such a problem that some teams will be forced to play under the Thursday night lights.

“Football season is right around the corner and we are desperately in need of additional officials. Our chapter is down about 50 officials from last year. As a result we’re not going to be able to cover all of the schools that we have in this area. We cover over 60 schools, providing officials for. We’re having to move some Friday games to Thursday night.”

With games moved to Thursday, the South Plains Chapter can’t cover all the sub varsity games and they’re missing out on training opportunities.

It’s not just a West Texas problem, but a statewide concern.

Read more at KCBD Lubbock.



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