Mike Pereira

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Former NFL VP of Officiating

Mike Pereira was the NFL's Vice President of Officiating from 2004-09, having spent the five seasons previous to that as the league's Director of Officiating. He also served as an NFL game official when he acted as a side judge for two seasons (1997-98). Follow him on Twitter.


LATEST FROM Mike Pereira

  • Pereira analyzes NFL Week 11 calls
    November 17, 2013, 2:35 PM EST
    What kind of plays are even eligible? Our NFL rules expert Mike Pereira takes you through the process, including one interesting play from the 49ers-Saints game.
  • Mike Pereira analyzes Week 12 calls
    November 16, 2013, 6:38 PM EST
    The South is known for its home cooking, but usually this is reserved for the kitchen. Saturday, it extended to the Auburn-Georgia game. Good thing this rule's in place.
  • Mike Pereira analyzes Week 11 calls
    November 09, 2013, 7:08 PM EST
    When is a punt considered a touchback? There seems to be a lot of confusion given the difference in rules between the NFL and college game. Luckily, Mike has the answer.
  • Pereira breaks down NFL Week 9 calls
    November 03, 2013, 2:50 PM EST
    Our NFL rules expert breaks down the serious confusion over legal and illegal hits and how some current officials aren't calling it consistent.
  • Mike Pereira analyzes Week 10 calls
    November 02, 2013, 8:34 PM EDT
    The Gators and Bulldogs always play with emotion, which makes it a difficult game to officiate. Saturday's version has flags everywhere. Plus, Texas Tech's luck.
  • Raiders coach guilty of major foul
    October 27, 2013, 7:37 PM EDT
    Sure, people are allowed to get angry. But when it comes to coaches making obscene gestures at officials, that's where our NFL rules expert draws the line.
  • Pereira breaks down NFL Week 8 calls
    October 27, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT
    A play in the Giants-Eagles game provides a perfect moment to show how a defender must control the ball inbounds. Hey, the more you know ...
  • Mike Pereira analyzes Week 9 calls
    October 26, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT
    The delay brought back memories from Mike Pereira's NFL days, especially one unforgettable story. Plus, the NCAA responds to criticism of the rules committee.
  • New NFL rule makes a splashy debut
    October 20, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT
    Our NFL rules expert explains exactly what happened during a seemingly whacky call that more than likely cost the Patriots the game.
  • Pereira breaks down NFL Week 7 calls
    October 20, 2013, 2:02 PM EDT
    The Redskins safety come up with two illegal hits during Sunday's game that will undoubtedly be penalized by the league.
  • NCAA rules committee must change
    October 19, 2013, 4:40 PM EDT
    Every week we are forced to talk about the targeting rule and its nonsensical application. It's time for the NCAA powers to realize they're wrong and change this rule.
  • Pereira breaks down NFL Week 6 calls
    October 13, 2013, 1:53 PM EDT
    It happened during the Cardinals-49ers game on Sunday. Our esteemed NFL rules expert breaks down the proper procedure for sorting that out.
  • Mike Pereira analyzes the big calls
    October 12, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT
    It took three tries, and three official reviews, for the Ducks to finally get in the end zone against Washington. Mike Pereira breaks down those and other calls from Week 7.
  • Pereira breaks down NFL Week 5 calls
    October 06, 2013, 2:42 PM EDT
    A questionable review in the Eagles-Giants game piques the interest of our NFL rules expert. What other calls have gone down?
  • Mike Pereira analyzes the big calls
    October 05, 2013, 7:41 PM EDT
    For some odd reason, there were two clocks showing on the scoreboard during the Notre Dame-ASU game, and they weren't synced. Did the Irish get burned with a bad call?
  • Pereira breaks down NFL Week 4 calls
    September 29, 2013, 1:47 PM EDT
    After watching JJ Watt's bloody mess of a nose on Sunday, our esteemed NFL rules expert asks a very relevant question.