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NFL eyeing 2014 for first full-time female official

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08:48 PM ET 06.17 | The NFL could have its first full-time female official as early as 2014. Sarah Thomas, who was the first woman to referee a Division I NCAA football game in 2007, will likely be that woman, as she has already began the development program required for all officials to become eligible to ref an NFL game. She will need a current referee to retire or leave the NFL in order for a spot to open up, and at that point it's still not a foregone conclusion that she will be next. However, it sounds like this is not far away.

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June 17, 2013  09:12 PM ET

I hope she's better at reffing than that woman that ESPN hired to call college football games last year or the year before. I've never had to turn off so many games before hearing her.

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June 17, 2013  09:18 PM ET

36 years old not bad looking at all...maybe I'll eye her too!!!

June 17, 2013  11:21 PM ET

I thought they used them in the NBA, maybe exhibitions, worked OK.

June 17, 2013  11:23 PM ET

I'll endorse it as long as she makes the same amount of money as a male ref rookie.

June 17, 2013  11:47 PM ET
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I'll endorse it as long as she makes the same amount of money as a male ref rookie.

And stay on the line. How many times have the back judge or field get knocked on his can. Tough job.

June 18, 2013  12:12 AM ET

Keep her away from Pacman and Rothlesberger.

June 18, 2013  12:20 AM ET
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Keep her away from Pacman and Rothlesberger.

C'mon....you're better than that.

June 18, 2013  01:57 AM ET
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C'mon....you're better than that.

OK, Keep her away from Namath and Favre.

June 18, 2013  02:43 AM ET
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OK, Keep her away from Namath and Favre.

You can't stop Favre, you can only hope to contain him

June 18, 2013  02:51 AM ET
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I feel good about this.

I committed the foul first IMO....

June 18, 2013  02:51 AM ET

Now that's huge....

June 18, 2013  02:53 AM ET
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I feel good about this.

Try it again....

June 18, 2013  02:53 AM ET
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Try it again....

And again....

June 18, 2013  02:54 AM ET
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Try it again....

And again....

June 18, 2013  02:55 AM ET
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36 years old not bad looking at all...maybe I'll eye her too!!!

Well, that set back to women's movement about two decades. Bill Clinton would be proud :)

 
June 18, 2013  02:56 AM ET
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And again....

!!!! < whistle noise > Flopping violation....

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