Author: Dike Obinna Obiora
Department: Human Kinetics and Health Education
Affiliation: Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka

Live television coverage of football matches has made referees to be more keenly studied and findings applied to improving their performances, especially in dealing with the pressures of home matches. The problem of this study is that in the Nigeria Professional football league, how referees feel the impact of live television coverage on them in home matches they referee has received little or no attention. The purpose of this study was the impact of live television on referees in the Nigeria Professional Football League. One hundred and twenty four NPFL referees were used in the study. The referees were demographically classified under status, years of experience and gender. Employing descriptive research design, the survey analyzed participants’ responses towards Impact scale using mean computation. The hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance using t-test. The findings of the study revealed that live television coverage of home matches had positive impact on referees in the Nigeria Football League. The referees agreed that live television coverage would motivate them to perform at their best and cope with home crowd pressures of the league. There were no statistically significant differences found among the referees’ attitudes. It was recommended among others, that impact of live television on referees should be explored further as a way of improving the game of football in Nigeria.

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