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NFL to have female game officials during pre-season

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Talk about a glass ceiling being broken, Sarah Thomas and Maia Chaka have smashed open the NFL glass ceiling by becoming part of the game officials team for the NFL pre-season. 

Ever since the inaugural season back in the 1920, the NFL has never had any permanent officials in the league. However, those days seem to be over thanks to the progress of Thomas and Chaka.

NFL insider Adam Schefter was the first to break the news Thursday when the tweeted the following.

"Two female officials, line judge Sarah Thomas and head linesman Maia Chaka, will work NFL preseason games this summer," Schefter revealed.

It's understood that they will work the pre-season, and as long as they are competent in their performances they will get the opportunity to work during the proper season come September.

There is no official comment on when their contracts with the league will run until, but it's great news for gender diversity in sport when you consider the amount of time it's taken for something like this to happen.


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