[Ed. – Former basketball player. Clearly no stranger to hair and makeup. If she can officiate, it looks like the NFL will at least avoid the WCW vibe.]
The NFL is hiring Sarah Thomas as its first female official, according to multiple media reports.
A source told the Los Angeles Times that the NFL informed current officials that seven men and one woman were selected as new hires for the 2015 season. All of them will have to pass physical exams first. …
The league hired the eight new officials because four from the 2014 season decided to retire. Four of the new hires will be considered “floaters” and not assigned to a specific crew.
The NFL has not officially confirmed the new hires and it is unknown if Thomas will be assigned to a permanent crew or not. …
She worked for Conference USA in 2007 and in 2009 became the first woman to officiate a bowl game.
She has been in the NFL’s Officiating Development program and worked a preseason game last season.