National Football League head of officials Dean Blandino reportedly resigning to pursue TV opportunity

Ross Houston
April 14, 2017

Dean Blandino, the NFL's senior vice president of officiating and a longtime operative in the league's instant replay department, is leaving his post for a network television position, according to a league memo obtained by NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala.

The league-owned NFL Network reported that Blandino is expected to serve as a television analyst.

Vincent says that Blandino will be with the league through the end of May.

The New England Patriots and the other franchises will probably - hopefully! - not feel the change atop the National Football League officiating as the vacant spot will likely be filled with someone who brings the experience to succeed Blandino; especially with the new rules in place.

"Dean has done an outstanding job leading our officiating staff", National Football League vice president Troy Vincent said in a memo to National Football League executives, presidents, general managers and head coaches that was obtained by ESPN.

The 45-year-old Blandino has young children and the demands of his job have limited the time he has spent with them and his wife.

He primarily worked in the area of instant replay, as he managed that department from 2003 through 2009. But like Pereira, the desire to broadcast football came calling.

During his three years away from the NFL, Blandino launched "Under the Hood", which provided training and evaluation for replay officials.

Blandino has been a strong voice on the powerful competition committee that suggests rules changes.

Blandino's exit comes on the heels of the league's voting to centralize the replay system, meaning on-field officials will no longer make the final determination on reviewed plays.

The NFL will need to find someone to head its new replay system in NY.

Whether that was actually the plan or whether Goodell was expressing confidence in Blandino prior to the owners' voting on centralized replay now becomes a question.

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