First NFL Female Official [NoeBrainer]
Shannon Eastin is the first on-field official in the NFL. Would you prefer to never see an NFL referee that is female?
I've never been afraid to speak about delicate issues. This issue about a female NFL official could definitely be viewed as a delicate subject. Shannon Eastin will be the very first female official in the National Football League. Eastin will make her on-field debut in a preseason game between the San Diego Chargers and Green Bay Packers on Thursday night.
I am perfectly fine with an on-field female official. However, this begs the question; would you ever like to see a female referee in the NFL? The referee makes all of the announcements during a game. Now, this question is a matter of personal preference. I'm not big on the idea of a female NFL referee. I can't envision a situation where it would feel natural for me as a fan to hear a female official explain a penalty with a high-pitched voice. I'm not suggesting that females could not do the job well. I'm just saying that it wouldn't appeal to me because it would feel extremely different than having a male referee in the NFL. It's just a matter of personal preference. What do you think?
Brian Noe is the Brand Manager at 104.5 The Team, ESPN Radio in Albany, NY. Brian also hosts “The Noe Show” each weekday from 1-3pm ET on WTMM.