Dean Blandino is joining FOX Sports for the upcoming 2017 football season as an NFL and college football rules analyst. He will team with Mike Pereira, the former vice president of NFL officiating.
Blandino was first introduced to the world of officiating nearly two and a half decades ago when he was hired as an NFL intern. It was the spark of an illustrious career as he quickly rose to an Instant Replay Official (1999-03), and was selected to work two Super Bowls and two conference championships. As Manager of Instant Replay (2003-07), Blandino oversaw a system upgrade to high definition equipment before entering his role as Director of Officiating (2007-09, 2012-13) in which he ran the day to day operations reporting directly to the Vice President of Officiating. In 2009, Blandino formed Under the Hood, Inc. a company that provided training to instant replay officials serving the NFL and several college football conferences. He also consulted with various technology companies regarding instant replay systems for football and other sports. Dean returned to the NFL full time in 2012 as Director of Officiating, but was quickly promoted to Vice President in 2013 and again in 2016 to Senior Vice President, becoming the first person in the history of the NFL to reach that title in the Officiating department. During his time in charge of officiating (2013-16), Blandino oversaw the NFL’s noteworthy full-time hire of line judge Sarah Thomas, the league’s first female official in 2015, and implemented the Instant Replay consultation model in 2014, where he and members of his staff were involved in replay decisions from the League office in New York.