Anthony Bondra - Secretary Of The Cleveland Football Officials Association spoke to Bill & Munch about Refs-Due To Low Pay-Could Sit Out 1st Week Of High School Football
Bondra says, “When I started, the varsity fees were $40 to $45 and right now they’re averaging $72, so that’s a $27 increase over the last 38 years,” “We want to work with the athletic directors. Some of them want to work with us and some conferences have summarily rejected any increase in pay. You could say the target of the boycott would be them, but as a group, we want to be united and do something across Northeast Ohio football,”
Ohio refs are the seventh lowest paid in the country says the association
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, on average, high school football refs make between $94 and $100 per game.
In Ohio, the rate is $72 per game.
The states that pay the most are New York, Oklahoma, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Vermont, paying their refs between $110 and $120 per game.
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