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NFL names Alberto Riveron to lead officiating department

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The NFL has hired Dean Blandino’s replacement.

And also, Dean Blandino’s other replacement.

The NFL has announced that Alberto Riveron will become the new senior V.P. of officiating. The league also has announced Russell Yurk will head up the league’s replay department, at a time when unprecedented control has been given to the control center in New York.

With Blandino leaving the league for a television job, they effectively split his responsibilities among two people. While Riveron and his 40 years of officiating experience might be at the forefront, the relatively unknown Yurk will be under as much if not more scrutiny week to week.

The league memo points out that Yurk has 10 years of on-field experience at the high school and college level, and has been working in the league’s replay department for the last seven years.

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18 Responses to “NFL names Alberto Riveron to lead officiating department”
  1. ricko1112 says: May 10, 2017 9:18 AM

    This is just a way for the NFL (Goodell) to be able to influence the outcomes of games.

    The NFL is run by a group of corrupt, dishonest low-lifes.

  2. superpatriotsfan says: May 10, 2017 9:19 AM

    “I like this hire, I usually take care of him and his family”

    -Robert Kraft while writing a check paid to the order of Alberto Riveron

  3. 345snarkavenue says: May 10, 2017 9:23 AM

    ah yes, one of the officials that said he was going to talk with Walt Anderson about Grigson’s concerns about deflated footballs before the AFCCG, but never did. Instead he told Walt to follow protocol. The other was Blandino.

    What a pair.

    As a side note, it will be interesting to see what Goodell will do next time he needs an investigator….as Ted Wells will most likely become the next Director of the FBI

  4. ricko1112 says: May 10, 2017 9:26 AM

    This is just to allow Goodell to predetermine the outcomes of games.

    We saw what happened during the “This one’s for Peyton” campaign a couple years ago.

    The refs were specifically chosen for their pro-Broncos history. You can easily Google Ed Hochuli and Clete Blakeman and view the Broncos’ records with them in charge. Then that blown call on Cotchery’s clear catch. Even after the review clearly showed a catch, the replay official (a rabid Broncos fan-you can easily Google that too) ruled it incomplete.

    The next play was a fumble and a TD for Denver.

  5. elyasm says: May 10, 2017 9:28 AM

    Henceforth, when the league office screws up a replay review it will be known as ‘getting Yurked’.

  6. officialgame says: May 10, 2017 9:32 AM

    This is a guy who will call “roughing the passer” if you sneeze near the QB. Otherwise he isn’t a bad official. How he came to get this job God or Goodell only knows.

  7. xsm941f says: May 10, 2017 9:48 AM

    I am as far from a Goodell or Patriots fan as one can possibly get but some folks here with the “fix” the games stuff are lame beyond words. Stop. You look foolish. No one would be dumb enough to even think of doing that. But some just WANT to believe it, which is fine. Along with the their belief in the Abominable Snowman, the Loch Ness monster, flying “saucers”, 9/11 was an inside job, and on and on.

  8. handsatlanta says: May 10, 2017 9:58 AM

    Riveron was the ref Ochocinco jokingly “bribed” during a replay review. He offered a dollar; Riveron offered a yellow flag

  9. mogogo1 says: May 10, 2017 10:00 AM

    So, is anybody going to find out what really happened with Blandino? Quits his high-paying job with no notice and no new job lined up? It’s been weeks and he still doesn’t have that broadcasting job he mentioned. Did Goodell pressure the networks not to hire him? Something was WAY off about that whole thing.

  10. celticsforever says: May 10, 2017 10:01 AM

    On a positive note…. at least they have more experience as referees and Blandino. As in “I ref’d a game for 30 seconds so I have more experience as a ref than the head of officiating”.

  11. j huber says: May 10, 2017 10:12 AM

    If a DE gets within a country mile of Brady, NE Cheaters get a roughing the passer call. Meanwhile, Viking’s QB get body slammed to ground, with no call.

  12. stew48 says: May 10, 2017 10:40 AM

    DG— it is “between”, not ” among”. You should know that.

  13. dawoger says: May 10, 2017 11:13 AM

    I heard Riveron is very anti viking. GREAT HIRE!

  14. dblack25 says: May 10, 2017 11:21 AM

    Wait. The guy in charge of replay has “10 years experience” officiating at the high school level? That is reassuring.

  15. dawoger says: May 10, 2017 11:25 AM

    This should set off a firestorm of criticism the left because Sarah Thomas was passed. After all, isn’t that exactly what the NFL needs is more undeserving women being given lead positions where they can boss men around?

  16. 513guy says: May 10, 2017 11:34 AM

    Why does it seem that everyone that works in the league’s replay department has the name of a low-rate magician who performes at kids’ birthday parties?

  17. imodan says: May 10, 2017 6:29 PM

    j huber says:
    May 10, 2017 10:12 AM
    If a DE gets within a country mile of Brady, NE Cheaters get a roughing the passer call. Meanwhile, Viking’s QB get body slammed to ground, with no call.
    ————————————————————–
    You know stats are a funny thing. They can be used to prove or disprove statements. Take for example the fact that from 2013 through 2016 Brady had a roughing call once every 236.7 pass attempts. QB’s with lower attemps per call include Roethlisberger, Luck, Brees, Newton, Wilson, Ryan and tops on the list is the QB who actually admited to doctoring game balls, Aaron Rodgers at 144.6 attempts per roughing call. So your Brady theory is just that, a theory. It’s wrong, but then again those who don’t know usually just make stuff up.

  18. edgerules says: May 11, 2017 12:43 AM

    superpatriotsfan says:
    May 10, 2017 9:19 AM
    “I like this hire, I usually take care of him and his family”

    -Robert Kraft while writing a check paid to the order of Alberto Riveron

    That is interesting from a PATRIOTS fan, since Alberto Riveron was one of the central figures in DEFLATEGATE. He was the referee, who ordered and oversaw the UNSCIENTIFIC measurements of the footballs, which started this whole mess.

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