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NFL promotes first Hispanic referee

02/19/2013 2:14 PM ET
By Matt Hughes

Alberto Riveron has been an NFL official since 2004.(AP)
The National Football League promoted Alberto Riveron, the league's first Hispanic referee, to senior director of officiating.

As reported by the AP, Riveron steps into the newly-created position and will report to new NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino. 

Blandino praised Riveron, saying he did a "tremendous job as a referee and was quickly able to earn the respect of the players and coaches."

Cuban-born Riveron moved to Miami with his family at age 5. Riveron broke into the NFL as a side judge in 2004 and became a referee in 2008. Riveron's last refereeing assignment was in Houston's wild-card victory over Cincinnati in January.

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