Dean Blandino, the NFL’s senior vice president of officiating and a longtime operative in the league’s instant replay department, is leaving his post for a network television position, according to a league memo.
“Dean has done an outstanding job leading our officiating staff,” Troy Vincent, NFL executive vice president of football operations, said in a statement provided to all 32 NFL teams Friday. “He has been a trusted colleague and friend to so many of us around the league. Dean’s knowledge of the playing rules, his tireless commitment to improving the quality of NFL officiating and his unquestioned dedication to his job has earned him the respect of the entire football community.”
Blandino will be replaced by Cuban born Alberto Riveron, the NFL’s first ever hispanic referee. He will do a wonderful job as the new VP of Officiating.