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For the first time in its history, the National Football League will have a game officiated by a female referee. The move is huge for a league that is known for being dominated by men.
Shannon Eastin will join the crew officiating the game when the Packers and Chargers go head-to-head on Thursday. The decision to add a woman to the mix is long overdue, and likely made in conjunction with the league’s marketing of female apparel.
Eastin has been a referee in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and is in line to officiate the preseason game in just a few weeks. She has called football games for 16 years–the past four in the MEAC– and will serve as the line judge, according the the Arizona Republic.