The NFL has named former referee Alberto Riveron senior vice president of officiating, replacing Dean Blandino, who resigned in April to become a television commentator.
Riveron, who was Blandino’s top assistant, will direct the league’s recently enacted centralized replay system. Owners voted in March to have all replay reviews decided in the New York office. Previously, the referee decided them.
Riveron, a native of Cuba, moved with his family to Miami at age 5. He began officiating in local youth football leagues in 1977 and moved on to college games in 1990. He joined the NFL in 2004 and became its first Latino referee in 2008. He joined the officiating department after the 2012 season.
The league also appointed two officials — Russell Yurk and Wayne Mackie — to assist Riveron. Yurk becomes vice president of instant replay and administration and will direct the replay implementation. Mackie will be responsible for the league’s evaluation process and development of officials. Yurk and Mackie have served as on-field officials.
“Al has done a terrific job as a key member of our officiating staff for the past four seasons,” commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “To have Al leading our officiating department and then to add talented, knowledgeable instant-replay and officiating experts like Russell and Wayne is a tremendous positive for us.”