Friday October 31st, 2014

Several college basketball referees were disciplined for accessing unauthorized information on a refereeing software website, reports ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman.

The website BlueZebraSports.com, which is used by 20 Division I and eight NCAA Division II/III, NAIA and junior college basketball conferences, was compromised by officials who were accessing the site without authorization, according to the report. 

Among the information accessed: game schedules and compensation of other officials. 

The site’s owner, Bradley Batt, sent a letter to clients, saying that two of them, abused access administrators of their own websites and "manipulated our system in a malicious manner to gain access to the sites of coordinators for whom they worked."

Batt said that the investigation is still ongoing and changes have been made so that violations won’t happen again.

"Our next step was to contact the coordinators and conferences whose information was improperly accessed,” Batt’s letter stated. “We provided them reports with full disclosure of what happened and what was accessed. In addition, we terminated our agreements with both clients who abused the system to access information in an unauthorized manner."

Goodman reports one of those who accessed the website, Big Ten official Bo Boroski, will not work conference games this season because of the violations. Boroski told ESPN.com there was “no malicious intent" on his part.

- Scooby Axson

 

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