The ACC expanded upon its officiating alliance this week, as the Ivy League, Patriot League, Big South and Northeast conferences joined the officiating pact on Thursday according to The News & Observer.
That doubles the alliance in size. In June 2016, the ACC helped form the officiating pact with the Big East, Atlantic 10 and Colonial Athletic. The supervisors of men’s basketball officiating in the ACC and Big East – Bryan Kersey and John Cahill – will lead the group.
The now eight conferences will work together to schedule officials and train new referees.
“Combining the expertise and resources of outstanding basketball conferences gives us a chance to prominently support current and future officials,” ACC commissioner John Swofford said in a press release. “Adding these important conferences will provide an even greater opportunity to build consistency and quality throughout the officiating ranks.”
The primary goal of the alliance is to create more consistent officiating across all conferences of college basketball. It will also make it a little easier for young officials to advance and referee important games.
Furthermore, with more schools in the pact, there will be less travelling for officials, who previously sometimes worked games in New York state during the week and then flew down to North Carolina for the weekend. Now, the same officials can work games at Syracuse, Cornell, Bucknell and St. John’s all in the same week.