NFL ANNOUNCES NEW
OFFICIATING LEADERSHIP TEAM
ALBERTO RIVERON NAMED SENIOR
VICE PRESIDENT OF OFFICIATING
RUSSELL YURK NAMED VICE
PRESIDENT OF INSTANT REPLAY & ADMINISTRATION &
WAYNE MACKIE NAMED VICE
PRESIDENT OF OFFICIATING EVALUATION & DEVELOPMENT
ALBERTO RIVERON, a member of the NFL’s
Officiating Department since 2013 and a nine-year veteran NFL game official has
been named NFL senior vice president of officiating.
will oversee all aspects of the league’s officiating department – including the
implementation of the centralized replay model approved by clubs at the annual
meeting in March – as well as administration, evaluation and development.
native of Cuba, Riveron moved to Miami at age five with his family and
developed a passion for the game. He
began as an official in local youth leagues in 1977, made his collegiate
officiating debut in 1990 before joining the NFL officiating ranks in 2004. In 2008, Riveron was promoted to referee,
earning the distinction as the NFL’s first Hispanic referee. Riveron came off the field following the 2012
season to join the league office as senior director of officiating.
has done a terrific job as a key member of our officiating staff for the past
four seasons,” said NFL Commissioner ROGER
GOODELL. “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. 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 as we look forward to the 2017 season.”
to Riveron, who will report to NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations
TROY VINCENT, will be two new hires
designed to aid in the department’s long-standing goal of excellence in
officiating performance – RUSSELL YURK
and WAYNE MACKIE.
joins the staff as Vice President of Instant Replay and Administration. In this role, Yurk will direct the league’s
instant replay operations in the Art McNally GameDay Central room and oversee
all instant replay-related personnel. Yurk
will also be responsible for officiating administration, including supervising
operational aspects of scheduling and logistics as well as the training and
development of instant replay personnel.
spent the past seven seasons as an NFL instant replay official after working as
an on-field official for 10 seasons at the high school and college level. An
instant replay expert, Yurk assisted in authoring the replay section of the NFL
Referee’s Manual for the past two years.
a 10-year veteran NFL game official, has been named Vice President of
Officiating Evaluation and Development, responsible for the officiating
evaluation and development program, managing the on-field officials weekly crew
evaluation process, as well the staff of officiating supervisors and trainers,
and the management of the Officiating Development Program.
highly-respected on-field game official for the past two decades at the
collegiate and professional level, Mackie entered the NFL in 2007 as a head
linesman and quickly established himself as one of the league’s top officials
at his position. Mackie has officiated
in eight NFL playoff games, including serving as head linesman at Super Bowl 50
and for two conference championship games during his 10-year NFL career.
began his collegiate officiating career in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
in 1996 and also officiated in the Atlantic 10 and Big East through his final
collegiate season in 2006 prior to joining the NFL.
Yurk and Mackie will all work in GameDay Central throughout the season and have
the final say on instant replay decisions, in consultation with the referee as
part of the new replay rules for the 2017 season.
Russell and Wayne are a team dedicated to delivering the highest quality of
officiating and game administration in professional sports,” Vincent said. “The structure of their responsibilities will
provide us with a sustainable model for greater efficiency, improved
performance from our officials, and operational excellence in collaboration,
development and training of our officiating team.”