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Is This Whistle the Future of Refereeing?

Fox 40’s electronic whistle looks like a flashlight and operates with the push of a button.Credit…Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

Foxcroft, a former N.C.A.A. and Olympic basketball official, is the most trusted name in North America when it comes to whistles.

Fox 40, sells about 15,000 a day (mostly the so-called pealess whistle)

More than 140 years after it made its debut, in English soccer, the whistle is the most recognizable sound in sports.
But in the age of corona virus, the whistle may face an existential challenge, or a serious rethinking. To use almost any whistle requires a deep breath and then a forced burst of droplet-filled air — things that deeply concern medical experts.

Is there a better way? That is what people keep asking Ron Foxcroft.
Read the full story hereIs This Whistle the Future of Refereeing?

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