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NFL Promotes League's First Hispanic Referee

February 20, 2013

Rebecca Villaneda--HispanicBusiness

Alberto Riveron

Alberto Riveron, the National Football League's first Hispanic referee, has been promoted to senior director of officiating.

Riveron, born in Cuba, will report to Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino. He wears uniform No. 57 and is 52 years old. He started as an NFL side judge and then became the NFL's first Hispanic referee in 2008.

Riveron's responsibilities include overseeing the NFL Instant Replay Program and assist Blandino in assignment and evaluation of officials, assigning individual officials to crews and crews to games, and overseeing the evaluation process of officials and crews, according to

Fans of Riveron have made a blog in his honor: Disciples of Alberto Riveron.

The blog inlcudes facts about Riveron and his refereeing, including this fine fact: "Did you know that ... Alberto's crew called fewer penalties per game than all but two other crews through 13 weeks of the 2011 NFL season? Now you do!"

Riveron moved to Miami at age 5 and began as an official in local youth leagues in 1977, according to the NFL.

Riveron was the crew chief for the 2012 AFC Championship game between the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots.

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