Fox 8 News: Fear on the fields: A push for stronger penalties for assaults on referees

“And Roemer, and his co-sponsor Joe Miller agree. Roemer, who umpired baseball games for close to two decades, said he believes lawmakers have to take action.

"The Ohio High School Athletic Association is having a lot of difficulties finding umpires, they are having trouble finding soccer referees, and football officials," Roemer said. "The number one reason identified is the abuse the umpire and referees take.""

Zach Stepp