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Carl Johnson: NFL to have female referees 'soon'

Posted on: August 13, 2011 1:08 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

The NBA has crossed the gender equality line of having a female official, but as of yet, the NFL has not. However, that will likely change in the future, according to Carl Johnson, the NFL's VP of Officiating.

Johnson spoke with Jane McManus of ESPNW.com (in the context of an excellent profile piece female umpires/referees) and told her that there are some lady officials "in the pipeline."

"We have some in our pipeline, and I expect we'll see it soon," Johnson said.

Johnson noted, per McManus, that there are "women who are currently under consideration" and is anticipating a hire in the near future. But Johnson also pointed out that it's not about just placing the first capable female official on the field.

"Our goal is to get the best people working this game," Johnson said.

So, at some point in the near future, a female will be involved in the officiating of an NFL game. Don't think that because we live in a (somewhat) modernized and progressive society that this will go over smoothly or quietly.

Because it won't. There will be sexist comments on blog posts when it's announced, the scrutiny surrounding the game involving the female will be intense, and "old-fashioned fans" will be eagerly anticipating a mistake.

That's OK. You best believe the NFL and Johnson and everyone else anticipates that. Which is why whenever a female official is given her first assignment on the NFL field, it'll likely be in a situation that at least mitigates as much controversy as possible.

And it probably won't matter because, as Johnson noted, it will be a qualified individual donning the stripes. And once that gender line is crossed, it will start disintegrating some and the fact that a female official is making calls in a football game will become much less of a big deal and much more of a normal process.

That's good for society and it's good for the NFL. Especially if it can help push Jeff Triplette out of active duty.

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Comments

Since: May 9, 2011
Posted on: August 14, 2011 3:21 pm
 

Carl Johnson: NFL to have female referees 'soon'

I agree.



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: August 14, 2011 3:09 pm
 

Carl Johnson: NFL to have female referees 'soon'

Not a big deal.  As long as they don't have any more women announcers (I want to kill myself when that woman does my team's college games on ESPN) I'm fine with women in sports. 



Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 2:36 pm
 

Carl Johnson: NFL to have female referees 'soon'

When Women start playing football, like most refs then They can start having Women Refs, that has to be the biggest joke I have ever heard of, Women need to stay in the Kitchen & Bedroom where They belong




Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: August 14, 2011 11:46 am
 

Carl Johnson: NFL to have female referees 'soon'

"Can't think of one good reason why this is even being considered."

You really can't?  Seriously???  If true, I feel sorry for you.

I don't give  flying [expletive deleted] what color, or gender, or even what bleeping species a ref is, as long as they can do the job. Given the current examples of NFL officials who seem to have difficulty understanding the basic rules of the game, (much less how to properly enforce them) I'm strongly in favor of expanding the pool of possible replacements, whether male, female... or an effing gorilla.

(Love to see the first player who butt slaps either one)

What the h3ll difference does it make who makes the call, as long as he/she/it gets it right more often than some of the current specimens do?  Please wake up, grow up, and maybe notice that most of us live in the 21st century now; not the 1800's.





Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 11:32 am
 

Carl Johnson: NFL to have female referees 'soon'

Hey sb45champs---  Just so you know it's spelled WORD NOT WORK...  dumb a s s



Since: Feb 22, 2009
Posted on: August 14, 2011 11:02 am
 

Carl Johnson: NFL to have female referees 'soon'

NFL cheerleaders: stupid. Female sideline reporter: annoying. Female ref? Can't think of one good reason why this is even being considered.



Since: Apr 17, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 10:20 am
 

Carl Johnson: NFL to have female referees 'soon'

Good grief, this is such an horrible post.



Since: Jun 20, 2011
Posted on: August 14, 2011 9:20 am
 

Carl Johnson: NFL to have female referees 'soon'

Call me old fashion call me a sexist i dont care but this is something i dont want in the NFL.
Well I will go ahead and call you a sexist because you clearly are one. So you are trying to say that just because you personally do not know any women who know a lot about football, that means there can't be any female referees? You are obviously a very ignorant person.

Maybe there will be a female coach someday: So what?
Maybe there will be a female owner someday: So what?

 most women i have met or know dont know a 1/10 about the game that i do and i personally get tired
Also, maybe should spend a little less time complaining about women getting involved in sports and a little more time learning proper grammar. Just so you know, the work "I" is supposed to be capitalized.



Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: August 14, 2011 9:18 am
 

Carl Johnson: NFL to have female referees 'soon'

I shouldn't even have to list the 500 reason's why this is a stupid idea.



Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: August 14, 2011 8:46 am
 

Carl Johnson: NFL to have female referees 'soon'

greglocious: read your entire comment....and agree because i have a little girl too.....she's 3 and has a great arm and hockey skills.  the only dilemma is that there will be too much difficulty on the field as a ref.  there should be women's football just like hockey but as u said, can't earn a living at it.........and that's just a cultural thing on every potential fan which would only change when the general population will go see a women's game and pay lots.....


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