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The NFL’s First Female Referee Will Officiate Her First Game Thursday Night

A woman will be part of an NFL officiating crew for the first time Thursday night, the league confirmed Monday.

Shannon Eastin, who has been a referee in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, will work the preseason game between the Green Bay Packers and San Diego Chargers (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET). The news had been reported earlier by The Los Angeles Times.

Eastin was not immediately available for comment.

The NFL has begun using replacement referees this summer after locking out its permanent officials in a contract dispute.

<a href="A woman will be part of an NFL officiating crew for the first time Thursday night, the league confirmed Monday. Shannon Eastin, who has been a referee in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, will work the preseason game between the Green Bay Packers and San Diego Chargers (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET). The news had been reported earlier by The Los Angeles Times. Eastin was not immediately available for comment.

The NFL has begun using replacement referees this summer after locking out its permanent officials in a contract dispute.

Girl power in full effect this week between this and the Olympics. Would you like to see more female officials in the NFL? Do you think the players will respect her as much as male refs??

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