The NFL has announced that they've hired their first full time woman official to work some of next year's regular season's games!
Unsurprisingly the person they picked was a no-brainer as they chose Sarah Thomas, who has been working for a long time in the college football ranks and who also was the first woman to officiate a NCAA game back in 2007!
This past offseason, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell came under heavy fire after he suspendedBaltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for merely 2 games after he beat his now-wife, Janay Palmer, and dragged her apparently unconscious body out of an elevator.
Many felt the punishment did NOT fit the crime and was proof that league was turning a blind eye towards domestic violence towards women.
Well Roger heard the criticism and realized the error in his ways, and most importantly he decided to take action. The commissioner released a statement on the controversy, saying:
Starting in December, ESPN Magazine and Sports Illustrated will have direct competition from one of the most popular sports they cover — NFL football.
The National Football League is releasing their own monthly magazine on December 13th that offers "a true ‘insider’s’ perspective”.
The first issue will include articles from contributors including San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, Panthers quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, and Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, along with commentators Boomer Esaison and Andrea Kremer.
NFL Publishing’s Jim Buckley will serve as editor and said in a statement: