AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Texas sports officials group has sued the University Interscholastic League, seeking to block new rules requiring officials to register with the league and a pay a $50 fee before they can call games.
For more than 30 years, the UIL has required schools to use officials registered with the Texas Association of Sports Officials for varsity games.
The group has about 15,000 members who pay a $50 fee to TASO. Starting in July 2010, the UIL will require officials to register and pay the UIL.
In the lawsuit filed in Austin, the officials' group questions whether the UIL can regulate referees who contract with and are paid by school districts. A UIL spokeswoman declined comment.