NFL to hire first female referee

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For the first time in its history, the NFL will have a female referee.

The Baltimore Sun reported Sarah Thomas will start officiating in 2015.

Thomas started working for Conference USA in 2007 and became the first woman to officiate a bowl game in 2009.

She then joined the NFL’s officiating development program, worked some New Orleans Saints training camps, and also officiated a NFL preseason game in August.

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