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NFL's Sarah Thomas Didn't Set Out To Be A Trailblazer

The Huffington Post | Lucy McCalmont | Posted 04.08.2015 | Sports

Thomas said she doesn't want her new role to be about gender.

The NFL's Officiating Problem Has Become Laughably Awful

Jordan Schultz | Posted 03.07.2015 | Sports
Jordan Schultz

Unlike every other professional sport in North America, pro football does not provide full-time employment to its officials. As a result, it does not hold referees to the same standard of excellence found in other sports. For example, even if an official has a pattern of making inaccurate calls in game after game, he still won't be demoted. In fact, he can actually be promoted to a postseason opportunity because there is no threat of unemployment. In other words: A player can make one poor play and get cut, but a referee can make the same mistake over and over and be rewarded.

Meet The NFL's Newest Pioneer

AP | TOM WITHERS | Posted 08.13.2014 | Sports

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Sarah Thomas starts the day at her second job by tucking her long blond hair inside her cap, so she doesn't get noticed. ...

NFL Admits Refs Messed Up On Critical Play

AP | BARRY WILNER | Posted 02.01.2014 | Sports

NEW YORK (AP) — Redskins coach Mike Shanahan spoke Monday with the NFL's director of officiating after the league said Sunday night's crew made an e...

'It's Good To Be Back'

AP | JOSEPH WHITE | Posted 11.27.2012 | Sports

BALTIMORE — Referee Gene Steratore turned on his microphone to greet the captains of the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens for the pre-game ...

Seahawks Stun Packers

AP | TIM BOOTH | Posted 09.25.2012 | Sports

SEATTLE -- Golden Tate shoved a Green Bay defender out of the way, wrestled another for the ball and was awarded a disputed touchdown on the final pla...

NFL Officials: Exhibit A in the Case for Societal Regulation

Barbara Bruno | Posted 11.20.2012 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

The replacement officials are not morons; they simply lack the experience to work at the NFL level. Whether they knew what they were getting into by entering a labor dispute for a shot at working the "big leagues" is another discussion.

WATCH: Steve Young Eviscerates NFL Over Replacement Refs

Posted 09.18.2012 | Sports

References to economic theory and European history are not normally heard during NFL broadcasts but Steve Young dropped both in eviscerating the NFL f...

REFREHENSIBLE: NFL Taking Heat For Poor Officiating

AP | ROB MAADDI | Posted 11.18.2012 | Sports

-- One official was pulled from duty because he's a fan. Another negated a touchdown without ever throwing a penalty flag. Several others had difficu...

NFL Replacement Refs In For Week 1

AP | BARRY WILNER | Posted 10.29.2012 | Sports

NEW YORK — The NFL will open the regular season next week with replacement officials and said it was prepared to use them "as much ... as necess...