Several people are unaware that there is still a lockout going on, and although it is drastically different from last year’s player’s lockout, it will still affect the game. The ongoing labor dispute between the NFL and the NFL Referees Association has not come to an agreement and at this point, the NFL is planning on moving forward with replacement officials.
On Thursday night, the San Diego Chargers will host the Green Bay Packers in their preseason opener. History will be made when Shannon Eastin will be part of the replacement crew as the first female to officiate an NFL game. Eastin has previously worked as a referee in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and has 16 years of experience.
While I already planned on watching the Chargers kick off their season, the opportunity for Eastin to officiate at the NFL level will make for an exciting night of football. ESPN will broadcast the game, Thursday at 5:00 PDT. You go Shannon!