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Alberto Riveron

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Al Riveron
Alberto Riveron signals at Rams at 49ers 11-16-08.JPG
Riveron in November 2008
OccupationNFL official (2004–2012)

Alberto Riveron (born 1960) is a Cuban-American former American football official and currently the Senior Vice President of Officiating of the National Football League (NFL).[1]

Riveron spent 15 years officiating games in Conference USA and the Big East. From the 2004 to the 2012 seasons, he served as an on-field official for the NFL, wearing uniform number 57, he first served as a side judge[2] before being promoted to head referee (crew chief) in 2008 following the retirements of Gerald Austin and Larry Nemmers. Riveron was the first referee of Hispanic origin in NFL history.[2]

Riveron was the crew chief for the 2012 AFC Championship game between the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots, and was the alternate referee of Super Bowl XLVI.

On 19 February 2013, Riveron was promoted to the league's Senior Director of Officiating, a newly created position as a second-in-command under the league's former Vice President of Officiating, Dean Blandino.[3] On 10 May 2017, he was named Senior Vice President of Officiating.[4] Despite receiving considerable criticism from the media, the NFL announced that it will retain Riveron as its senior vice president of officiating for the 2018 season.[5][6][7][8]

Riveron is originally from Cuba, having moved to the United States at the age of 5, he has a wife, Patricia, and two sons, Tyler (died 25 September 2016)[9] and Austin.[10]


  1. ^ Alberto Riveron Named NFL VP of Officiating After Dean Blandino's Resignation - Mike Chiari, Bleacher Report, 10 May 2017
  2. ^ a b Sando, Mike (1 April 2008). "NFL promotes Cheffers, Riveron to referee". ESPN. Archived from the original on 8 October 2008. Retrieved 28 April 2008.
  3. ^ "Alberto Riveron is officiating director". Associated Press. ESPN. 19 February 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  4. ^ Bonesteel, Matt. Alberto Riveron to replace Dean Blandino as NFL's new director of officiating. Chicago Tribune. 25 January 2017.
  5. ^ Wagner-McGoughl, Sean. NFL to retain head of officiating Al Riveron for 2018 despite shaky first season. CBS Sports. 25 January 2017.
  6. ^ Alberto Riveron, head of NFL officiating, to return in '18. NFL. 25 January 2017.
  7. ^ Emma, Chris. NFL VP Of Officiating Alberto Riveron Stands By Ruling On Overturned Zach Miller Touchdown. CBS Chicago. 25 January 2017.
  8. ^ Bell, Jarrett. Mike Pereira: What makes NFL director of officiating job so tough. USA Today. 25 January 2017.
  9. ^ In Memoriam: Tyler James Riveron (1991-2016)
  10. ^ Branch, John (15 November 2008). "For Alberto Riveron, From Cuba to N.F.L.'s First Hispanic Referee". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 November 2008.