It was announced that veteran NFL official and current FOX Sport’s Football Rules Analyst, Dean Blandino, has been hired as the XFL’s new Head Of Officiating. Blandino brings a ton of experience to the table, having served as the NFL’s Vice President of Officiating for five years.
Blandino also worked for the NFL’s officiating department from 1994-2017. He helped usher in instant replay back in 1999, spearheading the operation and heading it for six years. Today, instant replay has become a vital aspect of NFL football. Here’s the XFL’s official announcement on Blandino’s addition to the XFL.
“America’s favorite game is evolving, and that means less stall and more ball. When the XFL Opening Weekend kicks off on February 8, our new league will feature exciting gameplay innovations that deliver what football fans have told us they want – a faster pace of play and more action.
“Tuesday’s announcement of the XFL rules follows a rigorous 18-month research and development process. First, the league gathered extensive data, ideas and input from a variety of qualified and credible sources, including current and former football coaches, players, officials, broadcasters, medical professionals, and sports industry experts – along with, a nationwide survey of more than 6,000 football fans.
“Then, over the last year, the XFL tested a wide range of rules and gameplay options under game conditions on the field of play.”
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