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NFL will have Female Refs

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The NBA has crossed the gender equality line of having a female official, but as of yet, the NFL has not. However, that will likely change in the future, according to Carl Johnson, the NFL's VP of Officiating.

 

Johnson spoke with Jane McManus of ESPNW.com (in the context of an excellent profile piece female umpires/referees) and told her that there are some lady officials "in the pipeline."

 

"We have some in our pipeline, and I expect we'll see it soon," Johnson said.

 

Johnson noted, per McManus, that there are "women who are currently under consideration" and is anticipating a hire in the near future.

http://eye-on-football.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22475988/31294459

 

Don't think that because we live in a (somewhat) modernized and progressive society that this will go over smoothly or quietly.

 

Because it won't. There will be sexist comments on blog posts when it's announced, the scrutiny surrounding the game involving the female will be intense, and "old-fashioned fans" will be eagerly anticipating a mistake.

 

matheson.jpg "We'd never do that here!"

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