Referees, schools announce four-year deal
BATON ROUGE - The state High School Athletic Association and High School Officials Association announced that they've reached an agreement which will keep high school sporting events going without any delays.
The four-year agreement includes putting into place raises requested by referees for seven sports: baseball, basketball, football, soccer, softball, volleyball and wrestling.
The LHSAA announced Monday that a tentative deal had been reached. According to the LHSAA director, the officials association received everything they asked for in the agreement. Now, the burden falls on LHSAA schools to figure out how to secure the funds necessary to make sure it becomes a reality.
The four-year deal brings to a close more than a month of contention between the LHSAA and LHSOA. The officials association said none of their referees would work games this fall unless they had a contract in place, and that contract covered all the costs officials incur. The referees said they are some of the lowest paid officials in the country, and that they have only had two raises over the past 25 years. The only remaining hurden could be a hang-up in January by the state principal's association.
The standoff threatened to throw the upcoming high school football season into disarray.