Originally written on Sports-Glory  |  Last updated 11/15/14

NFL history could be made if the league uses replacement referees this season.

One of the potential replacement referees the NFL is considering is a woman named Shannon Eastin, according to Sam Farmer of the LA Times and theNFL.com.  The NFL has never used a woman for on-field game officiating in its history.  

Eastin, who has worked as a referee in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and other leagues took part in the first training clinic for replacement officials on Friday in Dallas.

Nine of the NFL's most respected former officials, who have now become officiating trainers have been instructed to turn in their company-issued laptops after they refused to teach Eastin and the others.

"They wanted us to train the replacements which we would absolutely not do," said Jerry Markbreit, one of the officiating trainers. "We were all officials for 20-plus years. ... How could we face our people? ... It's very discouraging for (the league)to have put us in this kind of situation."

The labor agreement between the NFL Referees Association expired May 31, officials have been locked out since June 3.

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