Female NFL referees have been banned from working games, but this isn’t a new trend.
Last year, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called for a boycott of female referees and the NFLPA said it would take legal action against the league if female referees were not allowed to work games.
Female referees have also been banned in other sports such as baseball, football and soccer.
In sports like hockey, women have been prohibited from playing in certain areas of the rink, although it has not been clear how they are supposed to play in the men’s game.
“We are looking to the women’s game to take advantage of the opportunities that we have as the game grows,” said NFL Commissioner Adam Silver.
“The vast majority of the time, there are advantages and disadvantages for women when it comes to being able to play sports.”
This year, female referees have made headlines with their roles.
In March, the NFL announced that they would be retiring female referees.
On Tuesday, ESPN announced that it was cancelling plans to host an on-air women’s soccer panel on ESPN2, after several female sports writers spoke out against the move.
“Our position has been that women in sports should be free to play, but not free to compete in sports,” said ESPN’s Sarah Schulz.
“This is a new low in the women in the game world.
We believe the right thing to do for our sport is to let them compete as they have always been.”
The decision came after several prominent women’s sports writers, including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, The Washington Post and ESPN, spoke out.
The decision sparked a backlash from female athletes, who tweeted about the move, as well as female commentators.
“I am going to be playing women’s sport at my high school and I want women’s referees,” said Sarah Schulze.
“It’s just the right decision.”
This week, the Associated Press reported that the NFL is “rethinking its plans” to have female referees in future games.
“While some of the female referees who were announced Tuesday were still on the roster when the league announced its decision to pull the plug on the women, the league said Wednesday that its decision will be revised.
The move follows comments from former NFL referee Karen Smith, who said last year that women should be allowed to play as long as they were “free to compete.”
In the wake of the controversy, Smith said she had spoken to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, but was told “that if I had said something that was wrong, I would have been fired and that they have taken the position that women can’t play in women’s professional sports.”
The NFL has not yet responded to the Associated AP’s request for comment.
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In March of last year, Goodell said the NFL was “looking at options for more women” to officiate games in the future, but he did not specify which leagues he was referring to.
More to come.”
As commissioner of the National Football League, I take seriously the responsibility to be the steward of our game and the integrity of the game,” he added.
More to come.