Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reported today the NFL plans to hire Sarah Thomas as the first full-time female referee.
@RavensInsider: Hearing the NFL has hired its first female official, Sarah Thomas, a ground-breaking move. Mississippi native was a finalist previously 4/3/15
The NFL has seen a female referee before. Shannon Eastin was a replacement referee during the 2012 season.
This is good news for the NFL, a league that seemed to be a ‘no female league.’ Hiring Thomas allows the NFL to cater to its female fan base and hopefully bridge the gender gap in the sporting world.