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The NFL is set to hire it's first female official, Sarah Thomas



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Hearing the NFL has hired its first female official, Sarah Thomas, a ground-breaking move. Mississippi native was a finalist previously



On a side note; is there a harder working sports reporter than Aaron Wilson? The guy is everywhere.
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A little disappointing. I was hoping they'd go with this prototype:

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A little disappointing. I was hoping they'd go with this prototype:

I would pay more attention to the officials if that were the case.
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I would pay more attention to the officials if that were the case.
People might even notice them when they get their calls RIGHT.
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Default Re: The NFL is set to hire it's first female official, Sarah Thomas

I hope she can take a hit because some of these refs get smacked around pretty good.
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The NFL has hired its first female official, according to the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson.

Sarah Thomas, who became the first female to officiate an NCAA football game in 2007, has previously been a finalist for the NFL job.

Thomas has been on the league's radar for seven years. NFL VP of officiating Dean Blandino said in 2013 that "She was in our pipeline for a while," but noted that making the leap to NFL official takes time for any prospective official.

"It's similar from when a players jumps from college to the NFL," he said at the time. "Getting used to that type of speed is important."

Thomas agreed.

"The speed, yes, is there," she said in 2013. "These are just phenomenal athletes on both sides of the ball. The game has a tendency to slow down the most snaps you get and repetition. So, hopefully, the more snaps I get, things will start slowing down a little bit."

Thomas has previously worked NFL preseason games and training camps, and any promotion would come with an asterisk. She technically wouldn't be the first female to officiate an NFL game; Shannon Eastin earned that distinction when she worked as a replacement ref early in the 2012 season.
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A little more flattering picture.

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I hate women in male sports............perioid.
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Default Re: The NFL is set to hire it's first female official, Sarah Thomas

Who cares what's betwixt her legs, as long as she can call a damn holding penalty when JJ gets dragged to the ground, I'm all for it
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I hate it.....all sports
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NFL's Violet Palmer, what a great idea!

or not.
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An obvious PR move by the league, but I wonder what took them so long to do it ?
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An obvious PR move by the league, but I wonder what took them so long to do it ?
You freakin' people are exactly why folks make a big deal out of these kind of firsts - because it is still amazing that it's happening over your bigotry and sexism. You're condescension she couldn't have gotten the job on her merits is stunning.
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You freakin' people are exactly why folks make a big deal out of these kind of firsts - because it is still amazing that it's happening over your bigotry and sexism. You're condescension she couldn't have gotten the job on her merits is stunning.
I'm not a sexist, I'm supportive and applaud the successes of strong and bright women. And if they happen to also be attractive, well that's a bonus but I know some think that attitude is sexist.
Is she qualified for this job ? I dunno maybe, but if so that's still probably not the main reason why she got it.
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You freakin' people are exactly why folks make a big deal out of these kind of firsts - because it is still amazing that it's happening over your bigotry and sexism. You're condescension she couldn't have gotten the job on her merits is stunning.

Really?

I'll bet she's just there to make a name for herself. I'll bet she isn't passionate about the game. F'ing libs. So quick to give a free pass based on gender or orientation alone without knowing if she is worth a damn or not. What do you know about her? Nothing.
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Really?

I'll bet she's just there to make a name for herself. I'll bet she isn't passionate about the game. F'ing libs. So quick to give a free pass based on gender or orientation alone without knowing if she is worth a damn or not. What do you know about her? Nothing.
The problem is would you question the merits or passion of a new male ref? I'm guessing no because I've never heard anyone do that. Her gender shouldn't matter, and if anyone is qualified to ref a game, then they should be able tondo so regardless of gender.

It appears she's refd college ball since 07. She's as qualified as they come, but because she's a woman, it's discounted as a "pr move" by the NFL.
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Literally can't be worse than what is already in the league.

I can still hear him. "Falth tart numer 55 of thuh offenth."

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The problem is would you question the merits or passion of a new male ref? I'm guessing no because I've never heard anyone do that. Her gender shouldn't matter, and if anyone is qualified to ref a game, then they should be able tondo so regardless of gender.

It appears she's refd college ball since 07. She's as qualified as they come, but because she's a woman, it's discounted as a "pr move" by the NFL.
I admit it proudly. I'm a sexist when it comes to sports. Sue me.
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