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FOX to announce Dean Blandino hire this week

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When word of NFL senior V.P. of officiating Dean Blandino’s resignation emerged, initial reports of a gig at CBS quickly shifted to a report that FOX will hire Blandino, pairing him with Mike Pereira. Via John Ourand of SportsBusiness Daily, FOX will make it official this week.

As PFT reported at the time, FOX will keep one of the two in the studio, sending the other to a game site. Regardless of how the pay compares, it will be a much less stressful gig for Blandino. As his new partner well knows.

It’s the second-hardest job in the league,” Pereira recently told Jarrett Bell of USA Today. “I’ll give Roger [Goodell] the toughest job. As Commissioner, he deals with everything, plus 32 owners. But it’s hard. There’s so much volatility. You don’t make friends in that post. You make enemies.”

Stepping into the gig once held by Blandino and Pereira will be Alberto Riveron, who will have more help given the three-pronged assignment of duties falling under Riveron’s umbrella.

“A lot of people in the league will miss Dean,” Periera said. “It makes it very hard for Al. He’s got size 16’s he’s got to fill.”

The viewers won’t miss Dean. They’ll actually see and hear more of him. Which serves only to add more pressure to Riveron and his colleagues, since if they get something wrong Blandino will be able to say so — and at a minimum the fans of the team that came out on the wrong side of the decision will wholeheartedly agree.

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16 Responses to “FOX to announce Dean Blandino hire this week”
  1. vancouversportsbro says: Jun 5, 2017 5:01 PM

    Yes!

    Said no one ever

  2. mattbilleauthor says: Jun 5, 2017 5:03 PM

    They would have hired him sooner, but he couldn’t see the pen and paper right in front of him.

  3. omegalh says: Jun 5, 2017 5:09 PM

    Unless its a league rep talking during the game, who cares about a rules analyst? Its just their opinion. Like mine. Equal weight. Worth nothing.

  4. macneil4025 says: Jun 5, 2017 5:27 PM

    This is the NFL, not rocket science, lets not make these jobs out to be tougher then the are.

  5. TheVikingsHaveHowManySBTrophys? says: Jun 5, 2017 5:28 PM

    And FOX Sports once again further distances itself from CBS, NBC, and ESPN as the leading sports broadcasting network, and especially for NFL football.

  6. grogansheroes says: Jun 5, 2017 5:39 PM

    I can’t believe Fox will pay him more than the NFL

  7. I prefer my Crush to be Orange says: Jun 5, 2017 5:54 PM

    Now he can spend more time on Jerry’s party bus!

  8. 3wordanswers says: Jun 5, 2017 6:15 PM

    Fire Blindino already.

    Anyone else think that if you have to hire idiots like Pereira and Bindino to explain the rules to us, then there’s something fundamentally wrong with the game rules ?

  9. mmack66 says: Jun 5, 2017 6:18 PM

    grogansheroes says:
    Jun 5, 2017 5:39 PM

    I can’t believe Fox will pay him more than the NFL
    ——————————

    He probably got tired of becoming the NFL’s resident patsy and referee apologist.

  10. jasons81 says: Jun 5, 2017 6:28 PM

    Great move, all those years of experience Bladino got as a referee will really benefit the broadcasts on Fox

  11. TheBrownswillstinkagain says: Jun 5, 2017 7:15 PM

    Maybe he can go back to doing his stand up act during the week.

  12. intrafinesse says: Jun 5, 2017 7:34 PM

    I don’t mind Periera , his explanations were fine.
    I dislike slimebag Blandino though.

  13. mmack66 says: Jun 5, 2017 7:54 PM

    jasons81 says:
    Jun 5, 2017 6:28 PM

    Great move, all those years of experience Bladino got as a referee will really benefit the broadcasts on Fox
    ———————-

    Didn’t seem to benefit Pereira or Carey any.

    There’s nothing worse than watching people trying to second-guess and/or explain the rulings by NFL referees.

  14. struckgold49er says: Jun 5, 2017 8:50 PM

    Hey, what about me?!!

    -Ed Hochuli

  15. charger383 says: Jun 5, 2017 9:45 PM

    which network will hire Goodell?

  16. 345snarkavenue says: Jun 6, 2017 8:10 AM

    in the Sports TV world, is Blandino supposed to be a good catch, assuming of course that anyone knows what a catch is?

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