Mike Carey joins CBS as rules expert for 2014 season

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When the NFL released the list of officials for the 2014 season, Mike Carey was listed as a referee for the 20th consecutive season.

Carey will indeed be seen during games this fall, but he won’t be in his familiar on-field role. CBS Sports called Carey a former NFL official in a Tuesday announcement that he would be joining the network’s Thursday night and Sunday broadcasts as a rules expert.

“So many times throughout the years of watching Mike officiate, I often thought it would be great to have him someday work for CBS explaining the calls on the field,” CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said in a statement from the network.  “We’re excited that this has now come to fruition.  He will be a great complement to our Thursday Night Football and Sunday afternoon coverage.”

Carey spent 24 years as an NFL official and became the second African-American ref in league history in 1995. He subsequently became the first African-American to referee a Super Bowl when he officiated Super Bowl XLII between the Patriots and Giants.

33 responses to “Mike Carey joins CBS as rules expert for 2014 season

  1. CBS must have offered him some serious money. I always thought he was one of the best refs, I’m sure he we will be good in his new position.

  2. I enjoyed his moderately flamboyant call style. Definitely different but he was one of the few officials worthy of doing a Super Bowl.

    Might be a Prince joke in there. I haven’t decided yet.

  3. Never likes this guy being a Bucs fan. I was at the 2005 playoff game between the Bucs and Redskins where the Bucs got screwed over a controversial overturn by Carey. Chris Simms threw a beautiful catch to Edell Shepherd to put us up. After seeing the catch replayed a 100 times I have no idea what prompted Carey to overrule it. This was a playoff game where the Bucs defense actually had a fighting a chance to do some damage in the playoffs had they advanced.

    Remember Sean Taylor spitting in Michael Pittman’s face that game as well.

  4. “and became the second African-American ref in league history in 1995.

    ==================================

    You guys actually keep track of that? What does his skin color have to do with anything?

  5. Correct if I’m wrong but how did Carey overrule the call? Was he the replay official too? I’m a Redskins fan and it was a close call but Carey didn’t make the final decision , that’s not the way I remember it happening. That was the game in which Taylor spit and when the player he spit on popped Taylor right in front of Carey he didn’t penalize him for it but he gave Taylor a penalty.

  6. You people are nuts. This guy was the worst, most flag happy ref in the game. Mike Holmgren recently said of him “he thinks people pay their money to watch him throw his flag.”

    Thank god he is gone. The worst of the worst. I will breathe easier knowing he will never ref one my teams games again.

  7. osiris33 says:
    Jun 24, 2014 7:09 PM
    You people are nuts. This guy was the worst, most flag happy ref in the game. Mike Holmgren recently said of him “he thinks people pay their money to watch him throw his flag.”

    Thank god he is gone. The worst of the worst. I will breathe easier knowing he will never ref one my teams games again.
    ——————————————————

    ^This. Every word of this.

    Seventeen regular season games and at least two playoff games just got a wee bit shorter.

    Most flag happy officiating crew ever.

    I really dislike that ‘celebrefereeing’ has become a thing.

  8. Mike Carey, who was actually decent is gone…

    And we still have Scott Green, Jeff Triplette, Ron Winter, Bill Vinovich, and Gene Steratore.

    God help us all.

  9. (1) This guy was my favorite ref of all-time (pure class, poise, composure, competence) [Honorable Mention to the late Red “First Dowwwwwwwn” Cashion]

    (2) Can you believe Carey is going on 70 years old? The guy looks half that age. Ponce De Leon’s descendants are wondering what Carey has been drinking from.

  10. Crappy official. I hope he’s better in the studio.
    He can pander to the league office like Mike what’s-his-name…

  11. I have watched Mike Careys career n he was average at best period. he’s penalty flag happy officiating was detrimental to the flow of an NFL game.

  12. Mike Carey may have been penalty-friendly. But he was a hell of a lot better than Jeff Triplette and Pete Morelli – both of whom should’ve been out of the NFL long ago.

  13. Mike Carey acted like every minor transgression of the rules was a personal assault on his character. He’s a horrible referee. He has two skiing accessory businesses (Winter Mountain and Seirus) in the San Francisco Bay area that compete directly with a Seattle company (R.E.I.). And it showed when he reffed the game in San Francisco last year.

  14. Hey Norm! (its Colin) Hey Norm, If you were a hotdog, would you eat yourself? I’d smoother myself in mustard….. It’s nice to see Harry’s nephew advance to bigger and better things. I hope he gets plastered and does his job in such a manner.

  15. Many fans still disagree with his interpration of “in the grasp” but I feel he was still a great ref.

    My most memorable call of his was a 2001 regular season game when Patriots WR David Patten fumbled the ball in Buffalo. The ball remained in play while Patten lay out of bounds. Because Patten’s arm was touching the ball while his body was contacting the out of bounds line, Carey correctly overturned the call of a fumble for the proper call of a dead ball. It was a high drama OT decision and Carey very professionally handled it.

  16. September 2006, Justin Smith sacks Bruce Gradkowski on 4th down with a minute left and the Bengals have defeated the Bucs in Tampa on a nail biter. Wait a minute Mike Carey throws a flag after the play say in Smith roughed Gradkowski who was flailing in the wind trying to get away and Smith had to put him down on the ground. Tampa gets a new set of downs inside the ten yard line and ultimately score on a fourth down pass to steal the victory. Bengals miss the playoffs by one game.

    I never forgot that and have always held that against Carey. It is nice to know that I am not the only one who is happy he is out of stripes.

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