NFL Gets First Female Ref

Shannon Eastin to officiate amid lockout
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2012 12:10 PM CDT
NFL Gets First Female Ref
Green Bay Packers running back Alex Green tries to elude linebacker Jamari Lattimore during an NFL intrasquad scrimmage on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, in Green Bay, Wis.   (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

With NFL referees locked out since June amid a collective-bargaining dispute, a new batch of officials will be calling the shots in upcoming games—and for the first time, one of them is a woman. Shannon Eastin, who has refereed small-college and high school games, will officiate at a Green Bay Packers vs. San Diego Chargers exhibition game on Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reports. But the replacement refs have had a shaky start: In last night's Hall of Fame game, an official had to correct himself after announcing the wrong coin toss outcome, the Washington Post notes. (More Green Bay Packers stories.)

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