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January 30, 2019 00:35:00
Episode 10 - John Ottavino - Baseball Umpire, and Rule of the Day Distributer

Episode 10 - John Ottavino - Baseball Umpire, and Rule of the Day Distributer

Episode 10, The Rant - we have a special guest, John Ottavino, championship PSAL baseball umpire, servicing New York City. His son Adam, just signed a 3 year deal to join the formidable set up that is the New York Yankees. In it, we discuss his experience officiating Baseball in NYC, his only experience officiating Adam, and his affinity for the rules - so much so that he sends out a rule of the day via email, servicing 600+ officials. Find out how to get on that list, and my conversation with John Ottavino, now. Interested in the Rule of the Day? Email John at [email protected] ...

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January 28, 2019 00:33:34
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Episode 9 - Serving The Game and the Officiating Community with Crown Ref's very own - Paul Diasparra

We stop in the Crown Basketball facility to talk to Paul Diasparra, founder and creator of Crown Refs. The IG page is designed to help basketball officials improve their craft. He is currently a high level high school and division 2 collegiate Basketball official, and going further by the day. This is a treat, as Crown Refs and Referee Rant collaborate for the first time on this podcast. He discusses Crown Refs, The Basketball Shop, Mr. Pink, and more. * Instagram: [crown_refs](http://instagram.com/crown_refs) * Twitter: [@crownrefs](http://twitter.com/crownrefs) [The CROWN REFS Podcast](http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-crown-refs-podcast/id1447147700?mt=2) ...

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January 26, 2019 00:33:34
Episode 8 - Sticky Situations and Rules Talk with Steve Baum

Episode 8 - Sticky Situations and Rules Talk with Steve Baum

We close out another work week with Steve Baum. We discuss sticky situations that transpired from the week that was, and go over a Girl’s Middle School quiz, for you to download. I hope you enjoy. Next week, we will be bigger, and better. We promise. ...

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January 22, 2019 00:51:37
Episode 7 - Vball and B-ball with Steve Kaufmann

Episode 7 - Vball and B-ball with Steve Kaufmann

Steve Kaufmann is searching for that feel, the feel that he already has in Basketball. As he has mastered officiating in the high school ranks, he is trying to double down and do the same with Volleyball. Will Baseball be next? We find out in episode 7 of The Rant. The sit down with Steve occurred after 3 games at Island Garden and we discuss all thing hoops and all things vball. My conversation with Steve, now. “Whatever you are, be a good one.” - Abraham Lincoln ...

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January 21, 2019 00:25:26
Episode 6 – Reffing, Playing, and Commissioning with Kash: Thanos of the SABL Universe

Episode 6 – Reffing, Playing, and Commissioning with Kash: Thanos of the SABL Universe

This special edition of The Rant is a collaboration with SABL - otherwise known as the South Asian Basketball League. Our guest this episode is Kash, with a K. I like to call him the Thanos of the SABL - he’s the commissioner, he’s a player, and he’s even a basketball official. We discuss his experience in wearing all of these hats simultaneously, and discuss how Referee Rant and the SABL will work together now, and in the future. We will be starting a new podcast that will showcase SABL players each week, as well as a docu-series showing a day in the life of an official at SABL. And so, my conversation with Kash, now. ...

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January 20, 2019 00:35:36
Episode 5 - Hardball & Hoops with Ray Valeriano

Episode 5 - Hardball & Hoops with Ray Valeriano

Ray Valeriano, rising star as an umpire, who recently passed the certification for Girl’s Basketball. It’s been a pleasure to share the diamond with him, and now, the hardwood. He wants to be great on his own accord, and he already is, as one of his redeeming qualities is his sponge and absorption of knowledge, and applying it afterwards. He wants to be great, and he will be. I first ran into him, after we initially took the Baseball class, on the field, officiating a Junior Varsity game. The game was competitive, and that’s when I started was curious to see if he was interested in Basketball. Here’s our conversation with this multiple sport official - who goes to show that you can ref anything, even if you are unfamiliar with the sport, that can surely be determined if you put your mind to it. Our conversation with Ray, on The Rant. ...

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