CHICAGO - Major League Soccer (MLS), on Thursday, announced a new MLS All Star Game Referee Experience which will allow fans to truly experience what it is like to patrol the center circle.
"We are rigging up cameras to allow fans to live out their fantasy of being an MLS referee. As well, we are offering one lucky fan to have a full MLS Referee Experience during an actual upcoming game in the regular season," stated President of Major League Soccer, Mark Abbot.
Information sent over from the league office indicates that the Referee Experience contest winner will walk the ball out onto the field, get to work as a linesman for a half of a game, make a judgement call about stoppage time in the first half, have his or her home address released out in revenge, be booed as they leave the field, have 20,000 fans scream profanities about his or her mother, and then be confronted by angry fans in the parking lot after the game.
"We want our fans to experience both the highs and the lows of the job," stated Abbot to The Nutmeg News. "We feel like this could be beneficial to understanding how much this job truly sucks, some times."
The Nutmeg News will have more on this when 78 year old Darla Heavensbee wins the Referee Experience contest after being entered as a joke by her grandson Larry.