Local referee says tournament owner isn’t paying up

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A local referee called 10 On Your Side for help because he says he can’t get his hands on a check owed to him from a sports program in North Carolina.

Paul Clark has worked the sidelines across Hampton Roads for more than a decade across, long after his sports career ended.

“I still wanted to be around sports,” he said. “It’s like I’m the gatekeeper of sports, so to speak.”

To stay around the games he loves, he started the Hampton Roads Sports Officials Association. The organization provides referees for local tournaments.

In July, Clark said a company out of North Carolina, A1|D1 Sports, asked for officials to work a tournament at the Virginia Beach Field House. Clark said he paid 14 men to work it.

Photos: Local referee still waiting for payment

“For tournaments, at the conclusion of the tournament, the officials like to be paid,” Clark explained. “I had to pay, every official that worked that tournament has already been paid.”

After the tournament, Clark says he asked the event’s organizer for payment, and that the organizer asked him if he would take a Pay Pal payment.

“I told him ‘no.’ I said he’s supposed to have a check ready. He told me he had to get in touch with his boss to send me a check the next day,” Clark said.

Clark waited for the check, and when it didn’t come, he called A1|D1 Sports. Clark said someone with the company told him they sent the check to the wrong address. Clark corrected the address and then waited again.

“To this day, I haven’t received payment from them. I tried to call them. I tried to email them,” Clark said. “I’ve tried everything. I’ve exhausted all my resources, and that’s why I reached out to WAVY-TV 10.”

10 On Your Side called and emailed several different members of the A1|D1 Sports, but we never got a response.

Clark said he’s afraid he will never see that $1,000 check.

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