Topic: NFL Referees Association
NFL's first female referee: Shannon Eastin became the first woman to be an official in an NFL regular-season game, in the Rams-Lions game Sunday. Eastin had 16 years of football officiating experience before she became the NFL's first female referee.
Replacement refs could include retired college referees or even current ones. Since contract talks with regular referees continue, the NFL will start training sessions for replacement refs later this month.