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Maia Chaka makes history as first Black woman to officiate an NFL game


Maia Chaka

Maia Chaka made history on Sunday, becoming the first Black woman to officiate an NFL game.  In a video tweeted by the NFL, Chaka called the “historic moment” an “honor and a privilege.”  Chaka officiated Sunday’s game between the New York Jets and Carolina Panthers.  Chaka’s resume includes time as a referee in the NCAA’s Pac-12 conference and Conference USA, as well as in the short-lived Alliance of American Football in 2019.  In 2015, Sarah Thomas was the first female hired as a full-time NFL official

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