VP of officiating Dean Blandino leaving NFL to join CBS, per report

Dean Blandino is indeed leaving the NFL in order to take a job on television, but not at the network where he was expected to land.

Dean Blandino will be leaving the NFL in order to take a job on television, according to reports.

Blandino has becomea household name among NFL fans over the past few seasons as the league's Senior Vice President of Officiating. Blandino often tweeted, or appeared on television, to explain controversial calls made by officials.

A few hours after the initial announcement, ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio reported Blandino is expected to be hired by CBS. The former VP of officiating will likely have a role similar tosimilar to Mike Pereira at Fox Sports and replace Mike Carey at CBSas he's been heavily criticized for his performance.

CBS made another change this month to its first primary announcer group when the network replaced Phil Simms with Tony Romo. Simms also drew a lot of criticism from viewers.

A release says Blandino, who took over as VP in 2013, plans to "spend more time with his family and explore other opportunities." He first joined the NFL in 1994 as an intern before working his way up.

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