April is ending, and things are heating up. Here are some of the stories that the ArbiterSports team thought our fans would find interesting. Click on any headline to learn more.

Border Brawl Officials Happy to Give Back to Sport, Region Through Charity Event

Passion for your sport and the people within it doesn’t end when you leave the ring or graduate from school: the community you build can last a lifetime. This concept of community and support is important to wrestling officials, but especially those who volunteered their time for the Border Brawl Mason-Dixon Wrestling Classic. This contest pits high school wrestlers from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia into a tough competition for charity. Proceeds for this year went to benefit Pin Cancer, but also the family of an official Aaron Elliott. He served as a volunteer for Border Brawl, and his team came together to support their sport, him, and his son, who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma.

Video Gaming Becomes a Scholarship Sport at University of Utah

The University of Utah will be the first of the “Power Five” schools—the five richest athletic conferences in college sports—to offer scholarships for competitive video game players. The university’s sports program will not be providing financial help or marketing support for the program, but the Entertainment Arts & Engineering department, considered one of the best video game design programs in the country, will. Utah isn’t the first university to offer esports scholarships of this nature, but it’s a high-profile entry into this arena and could set a precedent for the future of the field. While video games don’t necessarily have a home in athletics departments, there are marketing and sponsorship opportunities, and the Big Ten Conference already broadcasts some competitions: esports can’t replace traditional sports, but they could have a place on university and college campuses.

Why Does PA Have a Law to Protect Sports Officials?

In 1978, Oklahoma became the first state to pass a law that protected sports officials from violence and assault. Pennsylvania passed a similar law back in 1990, and today, there are 23 states with legislation to protect referees. The National Association of Sports Officials advocates for these laws to help protect game officials from overzealous players or fans that prevent officials from doing their jobs or even endanger their safety. In Pennsylvania, the offense is called “assault on a sports official,” and it carries a maximum sentence of 2.5 to five years in prison for people who threaten or attack referees, umpires, or coaches at a game.

Top 5 Questions About ArbiterPay

Game officials are contract employees, and this can make payment plans and tax time complicated for everyone. Traditionally, this process was time-consuming, prone to errors, and in the case of officials looking for checks, reliant on the mail system. ArbiterPay by ArbiterSports was developed in order to help make this process simpler, faster, and more secure for everyone involved. It provides a web-based platform and electronic payment and reporting tool that can be accessed from anywhere and at any time as long as there’s an internet connection and even from mobile devices. The money and personal information that are kept in ArbiterPay are safe and secure. Even tax time is made a little easier with automatically-generated 1099s: because all of the payments are recorded and tax information built into the module, 1099s are created and stored in personal folders for each official. It’s worth saving the aggravation of getting everything together, so why not give it a try?

ArbiterPay can make a game official or organizer’s life easier. For more information or a demo of ArbiterPay or anything else in the ArbiterSports suite, call 800.576.2799 or email sales@arbitersports.com.