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Riveron will be the public voice and face of officiating

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The NFL has filled Dean Blandino’s job with not one or two but three people. Beyond Alberto Riveron becoming the new senior V.P. of officiating and Russell Yurk being the chief of instant replay and administration, Wayne Mackie assumes control of the evaluation and development efforts. But the internal memo communicating the decision (a copy of which PFT has obtained) and the announcement from the league omitted one key job function: Who will be the public voice and face of NFL officiating?

According to the NFL, it will be Riveron.

It’s a critically important aspect of the job, requiring rules and their application and interpretation to be explained in a variety of settings, from appearances on NFL Network to the valuable in-season weekly officiating video to interviews with independent outlets (like PFT Live). The overall sense of public confidence in the NFL hinges to a large extent on the quality and objectivity of these explanations, with fans and media always probing for any evidence to suggest that the person who is expected to be honest and candid is covering up mistakes or making excuses.

Blandino and Mike Pereira before him excelled in that role, for the most part. Carl Johnson, who held the position between Pereira and Blandino, didn’t. Whether Riveron is viewed as thriving as the senior V.P. of officiating will depend in large part on whether he becomes an authoritative and trusted resource for calls gotten right and calls gotten wrong.

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14 Responses to “Riveron will be the public voice and face of officiating”
  1. redlikethepig says: May 10, 2017 10:04 AM

    Unfortunately, he had evidence that the Trump administration committed treason so he was quickly fired.

  2. sirjoeshmoe2015 says: May 10, 2017 10:10 AM

    He will also be in 2018 a FOX analyst.

  3. RegisHawk says: May 10, 2017 10:16 AM

    It’s a high standard to live up to…you have to be able to say “I don’t know” on the NFL Network.

  4. sdchicken says: May 10, 2017 10:27 AM

    Riverboat Ron?

  5. silvernblacksabbath says: May 10, 2017 10:43 AM

    The FIX is in 🙂

  6. wtfru2 says: May 10, 2017 11:26 AM

    Typical picture of a ref, always looking the other way…..

  7. macjacmccoy says: May 10, 2017 11:51 AM

    Blandino was the worst. Always made excuses for every mistake his refs made, and openly rooted for and partied with the cowboys. I would rather have Carl back.

  8. nyneal says: May 10, 2017 11:54 AM

    People who slam referees and officials should try it sometime.
    It is not as easy as it looks, trust me.

  9. dawoger says: May 10, 2017 11:58 AM

    What no mention of the undeserving Sarah Thomas? Upchuck Shumer and bat crap crazy Pelosi need to call for a special prosecutor to oversee an investigation how Trumps misogynist atmosphere kept Sarah from being unreservedly promoted.

  10. jdbaker01 says: May 10, 2017 12:06 PM

    First order of business, coin toss training for all officials.

  11. mogogo1 says: May 10, 2017 12:33 PM

    You know there is a problem when your game needs a “public voice and face of officiating.” That can only mean the game is either way too complicated or the officiating is horrible. The NFL has both.

  12. magikskillz says: May 10, 2017 3:34 PM

    So there are 3 fall guys for the NFL. Michael Irvin would be proud

  13. lionglass says: May 10, 2017 5:10 PM

    That’s Cris Carter who came up with the term fall guy, not Irvin.

  14. edgerules says: May 11, 2017 12:47 AM

    Since Riveron played a significant role in starting the Deflategate nonsense, when his referees makes a mistake, is he going to use the words, “More probable than not?”

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