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Inside the Mind of a Basketball Referee

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Mike Richardson has been a basketball and football referee for 30 years. When he's not working at Montana Tech as director of financial aid,  he's officiating high school and frontier conference games all over the state.

"It's just a passion. Love being around the kids. From high school to college kids gotten to know many kids through the years and it's just been a passion of mine and a great advocation," said Mike Richardson.

What's the biggest thing he's picked up since 1984?

"You learn confidence through the years. You know the rules, you know the mechanics of the game and when you first start out those things are lacking," said Richardson.

There can be one frustrating thing about Mike's passion.

"When parents think they know the game more than officials do. I guess that's the biggest thing that you take from the game," said Richardson.

Mike's had some memorable state tournament games on his resume.

"I've had games that have gone into four or five overtimes through the years in basketball football games I've worked tremendous Frontier football games," said Richardson.

If you have any interest in becoming a referee, Mike says it's worth it.

"It's a great advocation for a young guy to get into and we really encourage them to take advantage of the opportunity because all of us older guys are not going to be around for long," said Richardson.

Reporting in Anaconda Jeff Eberle, ABC FOX Montana Sports.

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