The NFL is winding down one of the most difficult and controversial seasons in league history.
Protests marred the start of the season.
And now as the 2020 campaign wraps up the NFL just made this politically correct change to the Super Bowl.
The NFL announced the officiating crew for the Super Bowl.
Normally, this is no big deal as most fans cannot name one official.
They only know who they are when they yell at the TV when a replay call doesn’t go their team’s way.
But not this year.
The NFL made a big deal about making sure everyone knew who was officiating the Super Bowl this year when NFL Executive Vice President Troy Vincent announced that Sarah Thomas would be the first woman to officiate the Super Bowl when she works the game as a down judge.
“Sarah Thomas has made history again as the first female Super Bowl official,” Vincent declared. “Her elite performance and commitment to excellence has earned her the right to officiate the Super Bowl. Congratulations to Sarah on this well-deserved honor.”
ProFootballTalk listed the rest of the crew.
“Umpire Fred Bryan, line judge Rusty Baynes, field judge James Coleman, side judge Eugene Hall, back judge Dino Paganelli, and replay official Mike Wimmer make up the rest of the crew,” ProFootballTalk reported. “Coleman joins Thomas in making their Super Bowl debuts while the other officials will be working in the game for the second time.”
The NFL – as well as every other sports league knows – that when you want a good headline, the easiest way to appease the social justice warriors in the media is to make some sort of diversity hire.
Sarah Thomas may very well have earned her spot on the Super Bowl officiating crew.
But by trumpeting her working the game as a history making step, the NFL leaves the impression that they are compromising The Big Game by having someone officiating based on their gender and not their competence.
Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.