Fox Sports hires former NFL top ref Mike Pereira

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Mike Pereira, the NFL’s just-retired director of officiating, has been hired by Fox Sports as a multi-platform rules analyst.

The network will be building Pereira a command center in Los Angeles much like the one he used at league headquarters in New York, allowing him to monitor every game and make sense of controversial calls.


‘If I was given my choice of anything I could do after retiring from the league, this is pretty much it,’ Pereira said from his home in Sacramento, from which he’ll commute to L.A. every weekend during the season.

In addition to his contributions to Fox TV and radio, Pereira will conduct a live chat with football fans during games, analyzing controversial calls, etc.

‘For 12 years I’ve been teaching officiating to 120 guys,’ he said. ‘Now I feel like I’m going to be teaching officiating to millions. I really have a chance to educate people on the rules.’

-- Sam Farmer