The NFL recently named Dean Blandino as their new vice president of officiating and now they have a new senior director of officials as well.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Alberto Riveron will give up his refereeing job to move into the off-field post. Riveron had been a referee since the 2008 season, moving up to the lead job after four years as a side judge.
Riveron gained some notoriety during the 2009 season when he incorrectly ruled that Jaguars wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker caught a touchdown that then-officiating head Mike Periera later said should have been ruled an incompletion. He worked a Wild Card game this year and was the referee for the AFC Championship Game in 2012 that saw the Patriots advance to the Super Bowl with a 23-20 win over the Ravens.
Former V.P. of officiating Carl Johnson is moving back to a referee job as the league’s first full-time official in 2013 in a reverse trip from office to field to the one Riveron is making.