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NFL hires first female referee

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The National Football League has hired its first full-time female official.

According to The Baltimore Sun, the NFL has hired Sara Thomas, who was also the first woman ever to officiate an NCAA game in 2007.

Thomas won't gain the distinction of being the first woman to officiate an NFL game though; that went to another woman who was hired as a temporary non-union official during the 2012 NFL referee lockout.

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