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Nile Dixon

Contest Official
Inducted 2014

Often referred to as the “go-to guy” by his officials association for correct rules interpretations and proper application, Nile Dixon spent 40 years with the Southern Association of Basketball Officials (SABO). During this time, he became the personification of what a contest official ideally would be. Dixon served as SABO’s Rules Interpreter for 20 years and is well-known as a state basketball evaluator and booking commissioner based in Duval County. 

Ironically, Dixon attributed his initial interest in officiating to a time when he was watching a poorly officiated junior high game; as he told the Lakeland Ledger in 2005, “I thought I can do at least as well as they are, if not better.” Since watching that one game, Dixon has officiated approximately 3,500 games at all levels including district, regional and state finals.

Dixon has been described by athletic directors, coaches and fellow officials as trustworthy, helpful, loyal and dependable. He is still actively involved as SABO’s booking commissioner and consistently has given his time to serve as an instructor at field clinics.