Referee Dee Kantner works a game in 1996

Referee Dee Kantner keeps an eye on Boston Celtics guard Dana Barros (11) as Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Fratello shouts in the background during an exhibition game in Cleveland Oct. 17, 1996. The hiring of Kantner and Violet Palmer marks the first time in major pro sports in the U.S. that females will officiate regular-season games in an all-male league.(AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
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