The bigger issue is the poor management of referees by the organizations. I’ve discussed it in depth before but the single biggest issue with the referee shortage is that they aren’t making it easy to get started. I’ve talked about exploring being an official but haven’t wanted to jump through the hoops of becoming one. I still might as my life settles some more ( I just took on a new commitment this past year and also bought a house). If there is such a shortage organizations like the IHSAA should be actively recruiting people and they aren’t. I also think the lack of opportunity to advance to the upper levels provides barriers. We’ve all talked about it at the college level that officials should be assigned by their talent not how long they’ve done it. I actually think fans are a small part of the issue. I think it is more of an issue in youth sports as those are the parents who go to far. An official needs to have the ability to brush off a lot of criticism as they can’t allow it to impact their calls. That goes to fans coaches and players.