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Riveron promoted to officiating director

Updated: February 19, 2013, 2:06 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The NFL has promoted Alberto Riveron, the league's first Hispanic referee, to senior director of officiating.

Riveron was born in Cuba and moved to Miami with his family at age 5. He became a referee in 2008 after serving four seasons as a side judge.

The 52-year-old Riveron takes the newly created position as second in command of the department under new vice president of officiating Dean Blandino.

"Al did a tremendous job as a referee and was quickly able to earn ...

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