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Where's the next Violet Palmer?

Where's the next Violet Palmer?

Originally Published: August 10, 2011
By Pat Borzi

The NBA took a bold step in 1997, becoming the first major American professional sports league to employ women as full-time officials or umpires by hiring experienced college refs Violet Palmer and Dee Kantner.

In the 14 years since, the NBA established its D-League and the WNBA as training grounds for officials. Twelve women are among the 30 refs calling WNBA games this summer and nine made the 41-person D-League staff last season. (Three women worked in both leagues.) At least eight ...

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