Historic: First Woman To Ref An Official NFL Game

Los Angeles Times confirmed, Shannon Eastin will start Thursday night’s preseason game between the Chargers and Packers. She will be the first on-field female referee in NFL history. This isn’t Eastin’s first time as referee she previously worked Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference games, and in 2009 was the first woman to officiate a Florida A&M game. Obviously, she is not garanteed a placement in the league; she’s grouped with the other replacements, the NFLRA considers them “sub-standard”

However this is a big step and can open a lot of jobs for women in the sports industry. If she can do her job without faults, there is no reason why she can’t hang with the boys — and possibly upstage a couple, as well.

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