Alan Goldberger, a partner in the Millburn, New Jersey law firm of Brown Moskowitz and Kallen, P.C., and the author of Sports Officiating: A Legal Guide has been named by the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) as its 2011 Mel Narol Medallion Award recipient. Goldberger will receive the award on August 2nd in Atlanta, Georgia at the annual NASO Sports Officiating Summit presented by the National Association of Sports Officials in cooperation with the National Federation of State High School Associations and the Georgia High School Association.
Goldberger, a past-president of the 800-plus member North Jersey Board of Approved Basketball Officials, officiated football, basketball and baseball for more than 25 years. He is a frequent speaker to officials, coaches and attorneys and educational institutions on sports law.
The award is given in recognition of significant contributions to organizational leadership, education and training and promotion of officiating.
"Al Goldberger is special," NASO President Barry Mano said. "He has merged his passion for officiating with his expertise in the law. That merger uniquely positions him to provide the officiating community advice and assistance in an area that has become increasingly important to us."
"I can say without equivocation that over the past 20 years, Al has given back to officiating as much or more than anyone," Mano declared. "He is the leading legal advocate for all officials. He has worked tirelessly in support of NASO and its members. He richly deserves the Mel Narol Medallion Award."
Previous recipients have been Jerry Seeman, former NFL Senior Director of Officiating; Fox 40 International, makers of the Fox 40 whistle; Dick Honig, owner of Honig's Whistle Stop; Marcy Weston, former national coordinator of NCAA women's basketball officiating; Bill Kolbe, attorney, business and legal advisor for NASO; Ed T. Rush, NBA supervisor of officials; Ronnie Carter, former executive director for the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association; and David Dodge, former NCAA Division I men's basketball official.