Report: NFL to add another woman to officiating department

AP

Sarah Thomas will no longer be the only female official in the NFL.

According to Alex Marvez of the Sporting News, the league will hire Terri Valenti as a instant replay booth assistant next season, making her the first woman in that role.

Thomas (pictured) entered the league in 2015 and worked as a line judge on Jeff Triplette’s crew.

Valenti officiated in the UFL and the Arena League and has also called at the major college level. She has also worked as a Navy engineer and economics professor.

While the job may not attract as much notice as an on-field position, it’s another positive step for the league, for a profession that can use all the qualified eyes it can find.

 

 

60 responses to “Report: NFL to add another woman to officiating department

  1. As long as she was the most qualified for the position then it’s fantastic! If not then…

  2. nhpats says:
    Mar 16, 2017 10:45 AM
    they should add a female commissioner

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    Just so she doesn’t look like Roger.

  3. factschecker says:
    Mar 16, 2017 10:47 AM

    As long as she was the most qualified for the position then it’s fantastic! If not then…
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    This exactly which I doubt! Danica Patrick anyone? lmao

  4. Explain equality…

    In one instance you have a referee who has worked 30 years to become an NFL official, in another you have someone with 2 years of experience. How is it equal if one has to put in all the time where the other gets a free pass. Where’s the equality in that?

  5. Know what the best thing I can say about Thomas? I barely noticed her last year.

    Wish I could say the same about some other refs (looking at you, Morelli…)

  6. I couldn’t care less if it’s a male or female officiating the games as long as they are good. That’s the only thing which should matter.
    I wonder how long it will be before we see the first female assistant coach in the NFL. It’s coming, for sure.

  7. jbaxt says:
    Explain equality…

    In one instance you have a referee who has worked 30 years to become an NFL official, in another you have someone with 2 years of experience. How is it equal if one has to put in all the time where the other gets a free pass. Where’s the equality in that?

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    That’s simple. The person with 30 years experience is still hung up on rules from 1995, has the eyesight of an elderly person, can’t get down the field quickly enough, and has been around long enough to form biases toward particular people.

    The person with 2 years experience has better eyesight, came up with the latest rules so that’s all they know, has not had the time to form biases yet, and is in far better shape to quickly get down the field to better-observe plays.

    Just because you’re old doesn’t mean you get to be bad at your job.

    Example: Angel Hernandez is a veteran MLB umpire, yet he is by far the absolute worst umpire ever.

  8. Zeke Elliot can’t wait to smack her on the backside after she signals his opposition for a phantom facemask penalty.

  9. factschecker says:
    Mar 16, 2017 10:47 AM
    As long as she was the most qualified for the position then it’s fantastic! If not then…

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    I get it that Sarah Thomas is very attractive, and who knows if they have a quota. But I dont think thats why she got selected for the role. During games she was just another ref running around out there doing the job and from what I saw seemed pretty good at it. Given some if the issues we have faced these recent years the ‘pretty good at it’ part counts for a lot and we should take that any way we can get it.

  10. They should probably replace that female that is supposed to be in charge of domestic violence, because she isn’t doing a very good job.

  11. ^ LMAO

    They won’t need to add a new rule, there is already a penalty for taking your helmet off on the field.

  12. Condoleeza Rice is a big football fan and has said she’d love to be Commissioner. Also, she passed 8th grade chemistry.

  13. Remember when that female ref awarded the REDSKINS the ball vs the Browns even though Duke Johnson was holding the ball right next to her (look it up on Youtube)? Good times.

  14. “Remember when that female ref awarded the REDSKINS the ball vs the Browns even though Duke Johnson was holding the ball right next to her (look it up on Youtube)?”

    Yes.

    Strangely enough, all the “first female referee” talk vanished when that happened…

  15. “Explain equality…”

    it’s about opportunity. the 30 year veteran male has so much more experience because chicks were not given the opportunity until the last few years or so.

    that’s all everyone wants is the same chance or odds of getting a job. look at minorities in hollywood as a good example too, or male reporters in female lockerooms (all we want is a chance).

  16. nyneal says:
    Mar 16, 2017 10:56 AM
    I couldn’t care less if it’s a male or female officiating the games as long as they are good. That’s the only thing which should matter.
    I wonder how long it will be before we see the first female assistant coach in the NFL. It’s coming, for sure.
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    Already happened. Kathryn Smith was named the Bills’ quality control-special teams coach in January of 2016. Rex Ryan hired her. I guess she had nice feet. 🙂

  17. Affirmative action has its benefits – for some.

    it benefits everyone. when one group is discriminated against, then eventually all are.

    the same is true if you give a group a little benefit of the doubt, eventually it will come back to everyone, when they need it.

    because eventually everyone needs a boost sooner or later.

  18. More Cowbell says:
    Mar 16, 2017 11:19 AM

    I get it that Sarah Thomas is very attractive, and who knows if they have a quota. But I dont think thats why she got selected for the role. During games she was just another ref running around out there doing the job and from what I saw seemed pretty good at it. Given some if the issues we have faced these recent years the ‘pretty good at it’ part counts for a lot and we should take that any way we can get it.
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    She did a great job that one game when she was looking in the pile for a fumbled ball, when the guy that fumbled the ball was standing right there with it. And then they inexplicably rewarded the ball to the other team.

  19. I’m not a liberal and I think this modern age of political correctness has gone TOO FAR.

    Having said that, anyone who posts “…as long as she’s the best candidate” is obviously sexist.

    Why?

    Because if it was a man getting the referee job, no one would question his credentials. But since it’s a woman, the majority of posts here express doubt about her credentials or if she’s deserving. Some have even posted their sincere doubt as to whether she’s qualified (not sure how they can justify that opinion unless they have actually watched tape of her referring games in the past),

    Sorry guys, but that’s sexism 101 — assuming she’s not qualified because she’s a woman.

    Again, I hate this new era of “political correctness”, but a lot of the poster on this story are expressing good old fashioned sexism.

  20. maestro1899 says:
    Mar 16, 2017 11:57 AM
    I’m not a liberal and I think this modern age of political correctness has gone TOO FAR.

    Having said that, anyone who posts “…as long as she’s the best candidate” is obviously sexist.
    ===========
    that’s not even close to being true. its not sexist to point out that politically correctness has had the exact opposite affect and resulted in less qualified people getting jobs over more qualified people.

    I think you are saying you hate political correctness because saying that is actually politically correct.

  21. kerrchris65 says:
    Mar 16, 2017 12:13 PM
    i remember the current female ref awarding a fumble recovery to the defense when Duke Johnson was standing behind her holding up the football.
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    I remember a male ref screwing up the coin toss and awarding the choice to the wrong team. Moral of the story? We all screw up.

  22. Congratulations to Sarah Thomas for shattering the glass ceiling. Small minded haters will deal.

  23. maestro1899 says:
    Mar 16, 2017 11:57 AM
    I’m not a liberal and I think this modern age of political correctness has gone TOO FAR.

    Having said that, anyone who posts “…as long as she’s the best candidate” is obviously sexist.

    Why?

    Because if it was a man getting the referee job, no one would question his credentials. But since it’s a woman, the majority of posts here express doubt about her credentials or if she’s deserving. Some have even posted their sincere doubt as to whether she’s qualified (not sure how they can justify that opinion unless they have actually watched tape of her referring games in the past),

    Sorry guys, but that’s sexism 101 — assuming she’s not qualified because she’s a woman.

    Again, I hate this new era of “political correctness”, but a lot of the poster on this story are expressing good old fashioned sexism.

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    Your take on this is ridiculous. A few years ago, it was brought up to limit the age of officials. I posted that as long as the official can do the job, what difference does his age make?
    As long as she/he is the best candidate is all that matters. For you to label everyone who believes that’s being sexist is arrogant and wrong of you. I have a granddaughter whom I love with all my heart. If she wanted to be an NFL official when she grows up, I’d tell her to work as hard as she can to be the best she can be and let the chips fall where they may.
    If you use your philosophy, it would be expected that we would be happy that a woman got the job because she’s a woman, even though she’s lousy at it.
    And since you brought it up, I’ll tell you about sexist. Sexist is what is going on all the sports networks. They hire Playboy centerfold looking hostesses who often know very little about the sport they’re commenting on, then have them dress in short, tight skirts and tight blouses with super high heels. They look more like they’re going to a Hollywood movie premier than talking about sports. Have you seen them hire a 300 lb woman to host any of these shows? Yet there are plenty of fat guys hosting them. These women are hired to make men want to tune in and watch them — not listen to them — and if you think I’m wrong about that, you’re clueless.
    And how about all the cheerleaders? The only people who care what they are cheering are their families. All they are is eye candy for men, pure and simple. Next time you watch an NFL game, watch the cleavage and rear end shots of the cheerleaders they show before they go to commercials or when they return from them. it isn’t by accident. They do that to give the men in the viewing audience something to look at and drool over.
    Then tell me I’m sexist because I say I’m fine with a woman officiating an NFL game as long as she is the best candidate for the job.
    Finally, the NFL is very aware that a certain portion of people scrutinize everything they do, such as making sure they hire women for jobs which have been historically given to males. So — it’s no secret they want women to have those jobs, just as they want minorities to have those jobs — even if their credentials aren’t as polished as males who are trying to get the job. If you don’t think that’s true, I have a bridge to sell you. It’s all about their image. If you think many of these fat cat owners really have hiring minorities and women as a top priority without feeling the pressure to do it, I have a bridge to sell you.
    So keep your labels to yourself. And tell these women to go for these officiating jobs if they wish and be ready to take the heat when they make mistakes, just like the men do.
    The proof I am no sexist is I watched games last year with the woman who’s now an NFL official. Not one time did it even enter my mind that she was a woman. I looked at her as just another official. And she did good jobs in the games I saw her officiate.

  24. Female official makes bad call: “See, that’s why women shouldn’t be officiating NFL games”

    Female official makes good call: “Well she only got the job because she’s a woman. Any man would’ve gotten it right too.”

    Why don’t you guys just come out and say you don’t want women involved with the NFL? At least be honest about what you think, don’t just couch it in this “as long as she was the most qualified person for the job” nonsense.

    Nobody makes that comment when a white man gets hired to a position, but when there is a female official, female coach, or black coach hired these comments always show up.

  25. Nothing better than grabbing a box of popcorn and watching the PFT moron crowd cry about something like a woman being hired as an NFL official. If you feel the need to go on the Internet and complain about a story like this, your life must be fairly pathetic.

  26. “maestro1899 says:
    Mar 16, 2017 11:57 AM

    I’m not a liberal and I think this modern age of political correctness has gone TOO FAR.

    Having said that, anyone who posts “…as long as she’s the best candidate” is obviously sexist.

    Why?

    Because if it was a man getting the referee job, no one would question his credentials. But since it’s a woman, the majority of posts here express doubt about her credentials or if she’s deserving. Some have even posted their sincere doubt as to whether she’s qualified (not sure how they can justify that opinion unless they have actually watched tape of her referring games in the past),”

    No. Sorry but many have become skeptical of what goes on around us because we’re surrounded with people being artificially raised up because of the color of the skin or their genitals.

  27. Can’t we all just get along? Oh, and get rid of the male refs while you are at it. Women are so much better at arguing with men then other men are. They would make perfect refs!

  28. Yeah it’s a real “positive step” to add another incompetent official who can call fumble recoveries without actually seeing the ball like Thomas did. This is a joke and a publicity stunt just as much as hiring Thomas was.

  29. So like, does she get her separate bathroom and cosmetics expense account? Doubtful her presence will draw more female viewers. Another NFL dog and pony show, trying to make a quick buck. SMH

  30. I always love this line …. “I am not a liberal but..” and then you get hit with the classic line of how you have been living your life wrong. At least own your feelings instead of being afraid to post it.

    With that said … I am more than happy to see more women given a chance even if it fits some quota. Because at the end of the day new perspective adds value and right now that is exactly what the NFL can use when it comes to the quality of the ref.

  31. a new female game fixer!! awesome.

    look up the youtube film of the Browns / Redskins 2017 game where the female ref awards the ball to the Skins when it was Clearly recovered by Duke Johnson, he is holding the ball trying to show her …. but the female ref is pointing vehemently that it’s redskins football. Joke – Fixed just like Super Bowl LI(E).

  32. How long until we have women playing QB, WR, DB, etc. Cmon- It’s a man’s game. Get over it.

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