Shannon Eastin

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Shannon Eastin
Born 1970 (age 46–47)
Worcester, Massachusetts
Nationality United States of America
Known for First female NFL official

Shannon Eastin (born 1970)[1] is the first female official of the National Football League (NFL). She was hired as a replacement official in 2012 during the lockout of full-time referees which began in June. She officiated her first game on August 9, a preseason game between the Green Bay Packers and the San Diego Chargers as the Line Judge.[2] She officiated her first regular season game on September 9, between the Detroit Lions and St. Louis Rams.[3] She has spent 16 combined seasons officiating for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, high school games, and for the Arizona Cardinals Red and White game.[4]

Although several NFL players expressed support for Eastin being the first female NFL official, several writers such as Darin Gantt of and Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times lamented that she broke this gender barrier while being a strikebreaker.[5][6] The NFL Referees Association also stated that Eastin shouldn't be allowed to officiate NFL games due to her participation in the World Series of Poker.[7]

Eastin is also active in judo. At age 11, she was the youngest judo athlete to train in the U.S Olympic Training Center. She has won six national judo championships.[4] Eastin owns a company called SE Sports Officiating, which trains officials in football and basketball.[7]

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  1. ^ "Shannon Eastin, First NFL Female Official, Not Intimidated". August 7, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-26. 
  2. ^ Wilson, Ryan (August 6, 2012). "Shannon Eastin will be first woman to work NFL officiating crew". CBS Sports. Archived from the original on April 13, 2015. Retrieved November 10, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Report: Female Official Scheduled to Work Lions' Opener vs. Rams". Bleacher Report. 2012-09-03. Retrieved 2012-09-26. 
  4. ^ a b "Not just for the boys: Shannon Eastin to become first woman to be an NFL referee | Mail Online". London: 2012-08-07. Retrieved 2012-09-26. 
  5. ^ "NFL's replacement officials would include first female ref". ProFootballTalk. July 22, 2012. Retrieved August 6, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Football referee Shannon Eastin a pioneer, but also a pawn". Los Angeles Times. August 8, 2012. Archived from the original on August 8, 2012. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Associated Press (June 15, 2013). "NFL could have permanent female official by 2014". National Football League. Retrieved June 15, 2013.