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Shannon Eastin ready for scrutiny

Updated: August 9, 2012, 7:14 PM ET
By Jane McManus

Shannon Eastin wants in.

Speculation has been that the NFL thrust Eastin, who on Thursday will become the first female to officiate an NFL preseason game, into the spotlight during a tense labor negotiation with the NFL Referees Association.

That's not exactly true.

Eastin, a 42-year-old referee crew chief in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, answered an email sent by the league to potential replacements. Yes, she is aware that, like the replacement officials ...

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