NFL promotes officials (zebras) Riveron, Yurk & Mackie

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    Alberto Riveron was named the senior vice president of officiating, the league announced Wednesday morning, filling the role vacated by former officiating head Dean Blandino.

    Russell Yurk, an NFL replay veteran of seven years and a former NCAA and high school referee, has been named the vice president of replay and administration while Wayne Mackie, an NFL official with a decade of experience, was brought on as the vice president of officiating evaluation and development -- a department in charge of week to week grading of referees as well as managing the league's developmental pipeline for officials.

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    VP, Instant Replay and Administration

    Oversee Gameday Central inclusive of the Instant Replay Program to ensure accuracy and consistency in all areas concerning in-game reviews and communication with on-field officiating crew.

    Train Gameday Central technicians, with the assistance of Officiating staff.

    Assign Replay Officials to crews to ensure that the highest quality of officiating is always maintained.

    Oversee the evaluation process for Replay Officials for all games; ensure that evaluation is accurate and consistent, and work to help individual Replay Officials meet League standards for officiating.

    Manage replay GDA staff including replay technicians, communicators, and assistants.

    Oversee the updating and editing of the NFL Replay Case Book.

    Assist SVP of Officiating in responding to all questions and inquiries from clubs or media related to Instant Replay.

    Develop a weekly replay training video and distribute the video along with other messages to reinforce accuracy and consistency among officiating crews.

    Develop a media and coaches training tape for Instant Replay.

    In the offseason, assist the SVP of Officiating to prepare for and represent the officiating department at the Competition Committee meetings and League meetings as it pertains to Instant Replay.

    Communicate on a regular basis with the leadership of the NFL Referees Association as per the policies set forth in the Collective Bargaining Agreement for Replay Officials.

    Prepare for and lead the replay portion of officiating clinics to teach/train, ensure buy-in around the points of emphasis for the upcoming season, and ensure readiness of the Replay staff.

    Manage day-to-day operation of Officiating Department under the direction of the SVP of Officiating. This includes support staff, officiating crew schedules, and budgeting.

    Manage performance and wellness initiatives for on-field staff including yearly physical exams and assessments

    Evaluate future technologies and provide leadership and insight to the Officiating and NFL IT departments.

    Football Operations game and event duties as assigned by department, including travel to NFL games (preseason, regular season and playoffs, International Series, Pro Bowl and Super Bowl), NFL combines and other development programs, college All Star games, NFL Draft, and in-season and offseason meetings.

    Prepare long-term strategies and contingencies for Instant Replay Program.
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