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.