(Image Souce: SE Sports Officiating

 

BY SHANLEY REYNOLDS
ANCHOR NEVILLE MILLER


As part of its replacement referee lineup, the NFL will see its first female referee at the Chargers v Packers preseason opener. Shannon Eastin has been assigned as a line judge as part of the replacement officiating crew.

“...an incredible story ... For the first time, in the league’s history, a woman will referee...” (Video Source: WSTM)

“Her name is Shannon Eastin.  She's has worked mid-eastern athletic conference games, but would be the first woman to work an NFL official basically.” (Video Source: WNWO)

With NFL refs on strike, the NFL has turned to refs with lower experience levels. As for Eastin, NBC Sports’ Darin Gantt says, gender should have nothing to do with this. He criticizes the replacement lineup as a whole, writing...

“But the fact their replacement plan doesn’t include even the Triple-A quality refs from the college ranks would seriously diminish the accomplishment of a barrier being broken.”

The regular NFL officials have been locked out since June in a collective bargaining dispute. KCTV reports the replacement refs could have a big impact on the game.

“Well, I think first of all they’ve had over two months to train for this and they’ve had past experience in both college and high school at all the different levels. ... They understand about the game, the calls that have to be made, probably going to be some mistakes along the way, just because they’re new people.”

On an ESPN blog, writer Kevin Seifert says all eyes will be on Thursday night’s game, which he predicts could impact the lockout.

“Their performance will provide leverage to one of the sides in this contract dispute. If they flop, permanent officials would be justified in seeking heftier raises and benefits.”


The National Football League Players Association head has said that he does not want the players to play with replacement referees.  SB Nation asked if players would walk out if replacements were used.

“Whether there’s a walkout, not a walkout, again, not the real issue. There are 150 or so referees who we consider to be the front line people on the field when it comes to health and safety.”

League officials are currently meeting with NFL officials to come up with long term contracts that will satisfy both sides and end the lockout.
 

Shannon Eastin NFL's First Female Ref: Does It Matter?

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Shannon Eastin NFL's First Female Ref: Does It Matter?

(Image Souce: SE Sports Officiating

 

BY SHANLEY REYNOLDS
ANCHOR NEVILLE MILLER


As part of its replacement referee lineup, the NFL will see its first female referee at the Chargers v Packers preseason opener. Shannon Eastin has been assigned as a line judge as part of the replacement officiating crew.

“...an incredible story ... For the first time, in the league’s history, a woman will referee...” (Video Source: WSTM)

“Her name is Shannon Eastin.  She's has worked mid-eastern athletic conference games, but would be the first woman to work an NFL official basically.” (Video Source: WNWO)

With NFL refs on strike, the NFL has turned to refs with lower experience levels. As for Eastin, NBC Sports’ Darin Gantt says, gender should have nothing to do with this. He criticizes the replacement lineup as a whole, writing...

“But the fact their replacement plan doesn’t include even the Triple-A quality refs from the college ranks would seriously diminish the accomplishment of a barrier being broken.”

The regular NFL officials have been locked out since June in a collective bargaining dispute. KCTV reports the replacement refs could have a big impact on the game.

“Well, I think first of all they’ve had over two months to train for this and they’ve had past experience in both college and high school at all the different levels. ... They understand about the game, the calls that have to be made, probably going to be some mistakes along the way, just because they’re new people.”

On an ESPN blog, writer Kevin Seifert says all eyes will be on Thursday night’s game, which he predicts could impact the lockout.

“Their performance will provide leverage to one of the sides in this contract dispute. If they flop, permanent officials would be justified in seeking heftier raises and benefits.”


The National Football League Players Association head has said that he does not want the players to play with replacement referees.  SB Nation asked if players would walk out if replacements were used.

“Whether there’s a walkout, not a walkout, again, not the real issue. There are 150 or so referees who we consider to be the front line people on the field when it comes to health and safety.”

League officials are currently meeting with NFL officials to come up with long term contracts that will satisfy both sides and end the lockout.
 

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