Southeast Texas coaches blow whistle on referee power struggle

David Thompson:

High-ranking associates of two rival outfits had been summoned to peace talks in a long-running turf war.

The man who arranged the sit-down was the head of a third party, whose members contracted for the two outfits’ services. They were the ones most suffering from the long-running conflict.

The members were stressed from having to make decisions about which outfit to use based as often on pressure as preference. The situation was costing them peace of mind, money – and worse.