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Violet Palmer Booking AgentVeteran NBA referee Violet Palmer became the first female to referee an NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, February 16 in New Orleans. In her groundbreaking game as the first female to referee an All-Star game however, Palmer went virtually unnoticed, which is of course the goal of all referees. As professional as they come, Palmer’s pursuit of excellence in her job day in and day out has earned her a reputation as one of the great and respected referees in the game today. However, just getting a shot at being an NBA referee was once something she did not think was attainable.

“The NBA was never my goal, because I thought it was unattainable,” she said. “I was a No. 3 referee in the world for women’s basketball. I had everything. The Final Four, Big TV games – all the limelight I wanted. But my personality is if you give me a challenge, I’m going to take it. In the back of my mind, I said, It doesn’t cost me anything. I can just try it. If nothing happens, the training will be good.

As far as her first couple years in the league, Palmer said it wasn’t easy. “I didn’t just kick the door – I knocked it down,” she said. “Generally it was a big boys club, and I think that’s within any sport. There was a lot of referees that resented me joining the club.”

But she continued to work, train, and build a respected reputation with the players, coaches, and other referees simply by continuing to show up and do a great job every day. By building a strong and respected reputation she has paved the way for more female referees to break into the league. “Two more women have already been working two or three NBA games a month this season for on-the-job training that will go through January,” she said. “And I’m not sure anyone even noticed much, which is great.” So, as you can see, simply by being unnoticed in the biggest game of the NBA season, she has done her job.

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