History will be made Thursday when the first female referee officiates a National Football League game.
Line judge Shannon Eastin, 42, will break a gender barrier when the Green Bay Packers visit the San Diego Chargers for a pre-season game. The milestone is only occurring because of a labor dispute that has the regular NFL referees locked out by the league. Nevertheless, Eastin's entry into this 92-year-old, male-dominated club is worth celebrating.
But the NFL shouldn't stop with this game. It should give Eastin and other qualified female referees a chance to officiate during the regular season after the labor dispute is resolved.