The NFL isn’t talking, yet, about the report that the league is set to hire the first female official in league history. Specifically, the league isn’t denying it.
“The 2015 roster of officials has not yet been finalized,” the league office said in response to the report. “When it is, the new officials for 2015 and the entire roster will be announced.”
Per a league source, that announcement is expected to come next week. Which means that, if the roster of officials isn’t finalized, it’s close.
Which means that it’s just a matter of time before the league confirms that Sarah Thomas will become the first female official in NFL history.
Technically, of course, Thomas won’t be the first female official in league history. In 2012, the NFL hired Shannon Eastin as a replacement official during the lockout.