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World Cup referees to use goal-line technology to settle the score

The time-honored tradition of the FIFA World Cup is getting a surge of new technology when it kicks off in Brazil. This year, the referees will get a sophisticated camera network to help verify goals, cutting the chances of controversy. CNET's Kara Tsuboi explains how this goal line tech works.

By June 6, 2014


Football meets tech: A brief history of technology on the gridiron

Infographic: Technological improvements complement football better than almost any other sport. Here are some highlights.

By February 3, 2016


Ref officiates basketball game while on phone

Technically Incorrect: A middle school basketball game carries on with the referee signaling calls one-handed. In the other, he's making a call.

By January 7, 2015


Facebook death threats for soccer referee

After Wednesday's big semifinal between Chelsea and Barcelona doesn't go Chelsea's way, fans turn to Facebook to make death threats against the Norwegian referee.

By May 7, 2009


Digital referees to avoid conference room fights

"RoomWizard" makes and monitors office schedules.

By January 14, 2008


Judge approves domain name penalty on eReferee

In one of the broadest crackdowns ever issued against a domain name holder, a federal judge orders eReferee.com to stop using the word "referee" in all of its domain names.

February 16, 2001


In AOL merger, the watchdog is watched

The federal review of America Online's proposed merger with Time Warner may face its biggest test in the coming year, when a government-appointed chaperone begins to referee the deal.

By December 20, 2000


White House plays domain referee

The Clinton administration says it will oversee the controversy brewing over domain names and control over the Internet.

June 11, 1997


FCC plays referee

The Federal Communications Commission's chairman convenes the first-ever bandwidth meeting, amid an increasingly heated debate on the effect of Internet traffic on the nation's local phone network.

By January 24, 1997