Female NFL Referee First Time
August 7, 2012 by staff
Female NFL Referee First Time, Okay, let me get one thing straight. I am a woman. So in no way am I disparaging the fact that a woman officiating an NFL game is wrong or a travesty simply because of her gender. When Shannon Eastin takes the field on Thursday to officiate the San Diego Chargers-Green Bay Packers game, she will be “making history” as the first woman to officiate an official game.
It’s not like Eastin doesn’t have a lot of football officiating experience. She’s worked in the Mid-Eastern Athletic conference and apparently “other leagues” that many sources discuss but never quite get into specifics as to where. Who plays in the Mid-Eastern Athletic conference? Teams like Delaware State, North Carolina A&T, Bethune-Cookman, and Savannah State. Regular powerhouses, right?
Unfortunately, that’s not an unusual resume among the replacement referees that the NFL is hiring while it’s still attempting to hammer out a long-term deal with its regular officials. These replacements are not referees who are ready for prime-time nor who are even close. They’ve not been pulled from the fields of SEC or Pac-12 games. Those officials are already committed to their college schedules. The NFL has a “watch list” of college officials that they select new officials from on an annual basis when there are openings. Guess what? Not a single referee on that watch list is available.
Using replacement officials who have never come close to this level of athleticism, size, and speed is a colossal mistake and will be evident to even the most casual fans at any game. Throwing a woman into an NFL game in this manner and then saying she’s making history is a joke. She didn’t earn this right. She might have one day. However, she’s not even the best female referee officiating in football right now.
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