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Violet Palmer, Pioneering Female NBA Referee, Retires

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In 1997, the NBA broke down a barrier by hiring two female referees, Violet Palmer and Dee Kanter.

The ground breaking referees faced the expected backlash, from both players and fans. Statements of doubt in their abilities, curses from rowdy

5 Years Ago ‘The Drew’ Premiered On Showtime

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Five years ago tonight, we witnessed one of the best sports docs Showtime has ever done. The Drew was a magnificent documentary co-directed and produced by former NBA point guard and South Central Los Angeles native Baron Davis.

Sarah Thomas Will Be The First Woman To Officiate An NFL Postseason Game

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NFL official Sarah Thomas will make history again this weekend. Sarah Thomas, the 46-year-old NFL official, will make history again on Sunday as part of...

Crystal Hogan Blazes A Trail For Women Refs In Men’s College Hoops

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In November, Crystal Hogan became the first woman in history to referee a men's D-I college basketball game when Seattle University met Pudget Sound. Before...

Baron Davis’ “The Drew” Documentary Is A Love Letter

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Premiering tonight on Showtime is The Drew, a magnificent documentary co-directed and produced by former NBA point guard and South Central Los Angeles native Baron Davis.

It tells the story, with fantastic vintage footage, of the rise of L.A.

NBA on MLK Day Is Always A Winner 

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The NFL has Thanksgiving and the NBA usually gets major props for its games and festivities on Christmas Day.

But in any hood or basketball rich community, with 10 games on the schedule (including four national TV games and a Finals rematch

NBA Ref Bill Kennedy Reveals He’s Gay Amidst Rondo Suspension

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Veteran NBA referee Bill Kennedy publicly announced that he's gay, just days after an incident with Kings point guard Rajon Rondo, which led to a punishment by the league.

I am proud to be an NBA referee and I am proud to be a gay ma

Jen Welters Makes Coach Molly McGrath A Tangible Reality

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It's the sport of kings.

Better than diamond rings.

Football.

The time: 1986.

The movie: Wildcats.

The plot: a single mother becomes the head coac

Our Game 2: Football Referee Sarah Thomas Is A Beautiful, Badass, Barrier-Breaker 

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College football finally caught up to the rest of society and named Sarah Thomas and Maia Chaka as the first women to officiate an FBS game.

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