The NFL is about to get its first female referee. This is quite the human interest story. But you know what you probably won't hear about? The why.
NFL Referees have always been paid a mediocre salary for a part-time job - for professional sports that is. They would referee on weekends and then go back to their day jobs during the week. Most of them had very high-paying day jobs at that; as government officials, lawyers, and doctors. They were refereeing for the love of the game more than monetary necessity. People with lower salaries don't have the leisure time to spend on this type of thing.
But I do know that by bringing in a female referee for the first time, it's good Public Relations that can distract the media from the real issues at hand. Nonetheless, I wish her the best of luck. It is a step in the right direction for gender equality in professional sports.