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17:40  17 july  2017
17:40  17 july  2017 Source:   Sporting News

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The NFL has promoted Al Riveron to senior vice president of officiating to fill the vacancy left by Dean Blandino’s sudden departure. Since 2014, the command center has been able to advise on replay reviews , and Blandino and Riveron have taken a very hands -on approach with replay decisions.

The two senior executives in charge of NFL officiating , Blandino and senior director of officiating Alberto Riveron , will have a major role in replay decisions that out either to myself or to Al Riveron , and we go over and we start to review the play, the same way the official would in the replay booth.

IRVING, Texas — Al Riveron was adamant: “The process has not changed. I repeat, the process has not changed."

The NFL’s new senior vice president of officiating was speaking in his typical matter-of-fact tone when he delivered the message Friday at the annual NFL officiating clinic in Dallas. The memo sent from his commanding baritone voice was not intended for Sporting News or any media member present. He wanted all 124 NFL officials in the room to know that, for them, nothing changes as the league turns to a tweaked centralized instant replay system in 2017.

For Riveron, though, everything has changed.

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The NFL named former official Alberto Riveron the new senior vice president of officiating , the league announced Wednesday. To have Al leading our officiating department, and then to add talented, knowledgeable instant replay and officiating experts like Russell and Wayne, is a

History of Instant Replay . Upon further review … Creating the NFL Schedule. The NFL 's familiar hand signals help fans better understand the game. Al Riveron , Senior Director of Officiating .

Riveron was named Dean Blandino’s replacement as senior VP of officiating in May. That means he — not Walt Coleman, Brad Allen, Carl Cheffers or any of the league’s 17 referees — is now the lone target for criticism when something goes wrong with NFL officiating. Fans will see him every Sunday when he explains the decisions he has made from a replay center in New York.

"We've had the same process in place now for three years," Riveron explained, this time to media. “The only thing that’s changed is that instead of the final decision being with the referee on the field, it’s now with New York."

And make no mistake: When Riveron says "New York," he means "Al Riveron.” Because even though he’ll continue to receive input from referees on site and assistance from officials in the replay center with him, Riveron ultimately will be making the decisions.

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An NFL referee looks over a replay review during a game in 2014. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig, USA TODAY Spo). "A lot of people in the league will miss Dean,” Periera said. “It makes it very hard for Al . In promoting Riveron , the league restructured the officiating hierarchy.

NFL promotes Al Riveron to senior vice president of officiating . As ESPN reported last month, the NFL created a new position (vice president of instant replay and administration) to focus on a newly approved game-day initiative for all replay reviews to be decided from its command center in New

Riveron became the NFL’s first Hispanic referee in 2008, but he’s worked in the NFL since 1994 and has had a first-hand view of the rise and development of instant replay in the league. His hiring made evident the admiration he garners around the league.

"Al has done a terrific job as a key member of our officiating staff for the past four seasons," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said after Riveron was hired. "Prior to that, Al was an outstanding on-field official who earned the respect of his fellow officials, as well as coaches and players alike."

But as the face of NFL officiating, Riveron will be tasked with a new personal challenge: being on television — a lot.

"I just need a good makeup artist," Riveron said with a smile when SN asked whether he's comfortable on camera. “It’s something I’ve done before, not as much as I’m going to do now obviously.

"But no, I understand that at certain points I will have to come out and make explanations, discuss certain plays, some that I’m not looking forward to obviously, some of your questions that I might lose sleep over once in a while. But it's part of the job. It’s part of what we do. We are transparent. When and if we do make a mistake we’ve gotta come out and say we could have done that better."

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The involvement of the league office in replay review via pipeline to each game site already ensures consistency, as long as the referee accepts the advice he receives from NFL executive V.P. of officiating Dean Blandino or his lieutenant, Alberto Riveron .

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Riveron said Blandino, who "took the job to another level," has been "great" in giving tips and helping his replacement prepare. The NFL was putting a lot on Blandino when it gave the senior VP of officiating the final say in all replay decisions — it previously had been a collaborative decision and, to a degree, still is.

Now Riveron assumes the burden, but he'll have help from Wayne Mackie, vice president of officiating evaluation and development, and Russell Yurk, vice president of instant replay and administration.

A common question under such a set-up: What happens when multiple reviews are occurring in multiple games simultaneously? Riveron, who indeed is a human, can't review more than one play at a time.

Riveron said that has never been and never will be an issue.

"That’s why like before, when it was Dean and myself in that room, now we’re going to have Wayne Mackie, Russell York and myself in the room," Riveron said. "So if I’m tied up in a replay, yes, somebody else will be looking at that, but ultimately, I will be involved in every decision-making process."

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Alberto Riveron referred to as National football league elderly Vice president regarding officiating * American footbal.net Blandino ended up using the little league because 1994, helping usher instantly replay era which transformed the best way video games have been called along with looked at.

(Above: Al Riveron addressing rule changes for 2017 in front of all 124 NFL officials.)

Centralized replay is great news for NFL referees. Gone are those sideline replay booths to which they darted for privacy. Refs instead will be handed tablets on which they will be able to see the same footage being reviewed in New York.

"It’s not an issue," NFL referee Terry McAuley told SN before he echoed Riveron’s primary message. “The process is the same as it’s been for three years now. And now it’s just that that final decision is New York."

The idea behind centralized replay is accuracy and consistency in decisions, and so far, it's working. McAuley said — and other referees standing nearby agreed — he couldn’t think of a time when those in New York with whom he was reviewing a given play disagreed on the final call.

"There’s just not a disagreement because you look at the video, and it gives you the answer," McAuley said. "People who understand the rules are going to come to the same answer. It’s not a scenario where we shifted total control to New York. There’s still collaboration, we’re still going to have a conversation. And like I said, you’re looking at the same video.

"Every time I’ve left the booth, we’ve agreed on what we’re going to do."

So the Sunday spotlight during replay reviews has shifted from the field to New York. Now it’s on Riveron specifically. While referees know they'll still hear it from fans who disagree with calls, they can work with the assurance of the officiating czar they hear in their headsets.

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The new officiating year starts today and the NFL leadership team is in place — Al Riveron as senior vice president of officiating , Wayne Mackie as vice president of officiating evaluation and development and Russell Yurk as vice president of replay and administration.

History of Instant Replay . Upon further review … Creating the NFL Schedule. The NFL 's familiar hand signals help fans better understand the game. Al Riveron , Senior Director of Officiating .

Al Riveron in 2010 © (Getty Images) Al Riveron in 2010

"No doubt about it," Riveron said. "It does help that we have their back."

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Riveron might need more support from the very referees he’s supporting. He, not they, will be taking the bullets fired by media, coaches and fans when officials inevitably miss calls.

As for replay reviews, speed is another motivation for centralization. The words "pace of play" were repeated often during Riveron's address to officials at the clinic.

But Riveron knows accuracy, not speed, will be what determines his legacy in such an important role. That will be the focus of his tenure.

"Get the call right … that’s what it’s all about," he said. "Do we want to keep the game moving? Yes. But I go back to get the call right. And that’s the most important thing we do.

"Get. The call. Right."

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