NFL officiating chief Dean Blandino resigns

"We are not looking to fill the rules analyst position, and we are not having discussions with Dean Blandino", the network told John Ourand of SportsBusiness Journal.

Blandino's departure comes shortly after the league voted to centralize replay-essentially making him one of the most powerful people in the sport.

Pereira has been a brilliant analyst, and his success has spawned a new normal on TV broadcasts in which networks feel they need rules experts to quickly predict replay challenges.

"Dean has done an outstanding job leading our officiating staff", NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a memo announcing the move to all 32 teams which was obtained by NFL Media.

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Blandino, 45, said the demands of his job kept him from his family too much. He was an instant replay official from 1999-2003 and worked two Super Bowls and two conference championship games.

Blandino also was the public face of National Football League officiating, and he did weekly television appearances and social media updates on key referee decisions during the week.

National Football League owners voted last month in Phoenix to ratify a proposal by the rulemaking competition committee for centralized replay rulings.

That is a possible avenue if he returns to the game, or he could follow Pereira into broadcasting.

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Mike Pereira became the original rules analyst when Fox hired him away from the National Football League and he became quite successful.

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

This season, the use of Surface tablets by referees for video replay will be instituted.

Cowboys fans still aren't over how that play went down and the opportunity which they feel was stolen from them with that decision from the league office. "Dean Blandino will have the final decision".

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Vincent immediately began a search for Blandino's successor.

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