ArbiterSports is the sports officiating software company of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and is a venture between two NCAA subsidiaries, Arbiter LLC and eOfficials LLC. The company is based in Sandy, Utah.
The Arbiter assigning system was created in 1984 by Advanced Business Technology, at the request of the Utah High School Activities Association, who hired ABT to build a computerized method of assigning sports officials to matches and managing their assignments. Known the as TheArbiter, the software was originally released on the MS-DOS platform, then for Microsoft Windows in 1997. Arbiter was released as a web application in 2003, known as TheArbiter.NET.
Acquisition by the NCAA
Arbiter was acquired by the NCAA in September 2008. The NCAA said their purpose in the acquisition, along with their acquisition of eOfficials LLC the same month, was to improve the quality and consistency of officiating at all levels of play.
- Referee Magazine, February 2004
- NCAA.org - NCAA Invests in Largest Officiating Management Organizations in Amateur Sports[dead link]
- Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Daily, September 26, 2008
- Deseret News, page B2, January 24, 2009
- NCAA invests in officiating companies[dead link]