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NFL officially lists Dean Blandino's old job, the senior VP of officiating position


Waves were made in officiating circles when former NFL Senior Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino
decided to step down
from his position last week. He’s reportedly headed for a TV job, but the NFL still needs to replace him. 

Apparently, this is a job you can actually apply for. It’s listed just like any normal position in any other company. 

Here’s what the NFL is looking for in its new Senior VP of Officiating:

Required Education and Experience:

  • Expert in game rules and related administration and practical application
  • College Degree and a minimum of 15 years of related experience OR an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Strong operational knowledge of officiating and football operations; experience with the NFLRA collective bargaining agreement is preferred
  • Strong (football) business acumen

Other Key Attributes / Characteristics:

  • Ability to make decisions in situations that are time sensitive and potentially public-facing
  • Ability to work well with all levels of management
  • Strong knowledge of technology and ability to articulate how advances in technology will enhance the quality of the game and officiating.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Highly organized with the ability to establish priorities and meet strict deadlines

As our Will Brinson points out, though, there’s really only one qualification necessary:

If that’s you, go ahead and send in an application. And then maybe figure out a better way to interpret the catch rule. 

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