One of the best segments on NFL Network’s Total Access during the week was the rules explanation with Mike Pereira. He would be at the NFL offices in New York with a clicker and Rich Eisen would be at the NFL Network studios in Los Angeles. The two would go over the controversial plays of each week and Mike would explain very clearly why the officials ruled a certain way. You may not have agreed with the calls, but Mike showed that he was quite good on television. Mike retired from the Head of Officiating position this year and Fox Sports swooped him up. This is a very good move. Mike will contribute to Fox NFL Sunday as well as during game broadcasts.
In addition, he’ll write a column for FoxSports.com. I like this move. I’m surprised other networks haven’t had at least a former official to help explain the rules.
MIKE PEREIRA JOINS FOX SPORTS AS NFL RULES ANALYSTNFL’s Former VP of Officiating to Contribute On-Air, Online and on Radio
– It’s official! NEW YORKAlready in position to boast the world’s best NFL game broadcasts, studio analysis and Internet coverage, FOX Sports now goes deep to add the sharpest mind available on NFL officiating. Mike Pereira, the NFL’s former vice president of officiating, today becomes the newest member of the FOX Sports team serving as a multi-platform NFL rules analyst.Each Sunday, Pereira, who retired after the 2009 NFL season, will be situated in his own control room at the FOX Network Centerin , giving him visual access to all games played. If circumstances warrant a rules interpretation or explanation, he’ll be available to interact with FOX NFL SUNDAY studio personalities, or communicate with NFL on FOX game crews at stadiums across the country, either on- or off-camera. Additionally, NFL fans will have the opportunity to ask Los Angeles questions via live chat on FOXSports.com. Assisting him to monitor all Sunday game action will be a team of Los Angeles-area football referees, each assigned to a different game. Pereira“We feel that we have the strongest lineup of NFL studio analysts, game analysts and Internet coverage and today that lineup gets even stronger with the addition of Mike,” said FOX Sports President Eric Shanks. “His tremendous experience and knowledge of the NFL’s rules are second-to-none and we are thrilled to add him as an incredible resource to our coverage.”“I always appreciated the fact that FOX Sports made a tremendous effort to know the rules and incorporate that into their broadcasts,” said . “To now join the network is a tremendous honor and my goal is to help fans learn the rules and understand the philosophies behind them. I’m thrilled to be a part of it.” PereiraIn addition to his responsibilities on Sundays, will be a regular guest on FOX Sports Radio’s national lineup and pen a weekly column titled “Under Review” for FOXSports.com. “Under Review” will debut after week one and will rank the 10 most impactful calls made during the previous week’s games. Pereira“Adding an expert of Mike Pereira’s stature reflects our mission to acquire the best talent possible,” said Stephen Miller, Managing Editor for FOXSports.com. “Fans will constantly question the calls made on the field by NFL officials. But to truly question the authority, fans need to know the authority. Mike will help them do that.” has been involved with the game of football dating back to 1982 when he was an NCAA Division 1 official. Pereira spent 14 years officiating college football beginning with nine years in the Big West Conference (1982-91) followed by five years in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) (1992-96). During that time, Pereira officiated eight post season Bowl Games including the Aloha Bowl and Cotton Bowl twice each, Citrus Bowl, Gator Bowl, Holiday Bowl and Freedom Bowl. Pereira made the jump to the NFL as a sideline judge in 1996 while also holding the title of supervisor of officials for the WAC. After two years patrolling the sidelines in the NFL and overseeing WAC officiating, Pereira was promoted to NFL supervisor of officiating in 1998. In 2001 Pereira became director of officiating for the NFL and then was promoted to vice president of NFL officiating in 2004. He spent a total of 14 years with the NFL. Pereira Pereirawas born and raised in Stockton, Calif.and graduated from in 1972 with a B.A. in Finance. Santa Clara University Pereiranow lives in with his wife Gail. Sacramento
Another reason why Fox continues to lead the way in NFL coverage.