NFL Gets First Female Ref
Shannon Eastin to officiate amid lockout
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 6, 2012 12:10 PM CDT
Green Bay Packers running back Alex Green tries to elude linebacker Jamari Lattimore during an NFL intrasquad scrimmage on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, in Green Bay, Wis.   (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

(Newser) – With NFL referees locked out since June amid a collective-bargaining dispute, a new batch of officials will be calling the shots in upcoming games—and for the first time, one of them is a woman. Shannon Eastin, who has refereed small-college and high school games, will officiate at a Green Bay Packers vs. San Diego Chargers exhibition game on Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reports. But the replacement refs have had a shaky start: In last night's Hall of Fame game, an official had to correct himself after announcing the wrong coin toss outcome, the Washington Post notes.