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The right woman for the job

More women will referee in the NBA soon. No one cares. Thank Violet Palmer.

Updated: December 1, 2013, 9:31 PM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPN.com

Seventeen-year NBA veteran referee Violet Palmer is not the most obvious nomination for someone to be thankful for in sports this Thanksgiving. But her continued presence as the league's only female referee underscores how sometimes the best social experiments are the ones that quickly cease being seen as such.

What gets exposed is how wrongheaded the logic or prejudices that were in play were in the first place. Palmer's gender was supposedly going to be a shock to sports establishment's ...

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