Mike Pereira

NFL & College Football Rules Expert


Mike Pereira, former Vice President of NFL Officiating, joined FOX Sports in 2010 in the unique position of a multi-platform NFL and college football rules analyst. Pereira contributes regularly to the FOX NFL SUNDAY pregame show, FOXSports.com and FOX Sports Radio. He also joins FOX NFL and FOX College Football game broadcasts.

Pereira retired from the NFL in 2009 after 14 years with the league. In his role with FOX Sports, Pereira is on-hand during NFL and college football game broadcasts to provide viewers with his exceptional insight into any plays, calls or circumstances that warrant a rules interpretation or explanation. In this capacity, Pereira draws on his history with the NFL to share with viewers the process of making and reviewing officials’ calls on the field.

He monitors NFL and college football games every weekend from his control room at the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles, which provides him visual access to all games played simultaneously. Pereira is available to interact with on-air studio personalities during pregame, halftime or postgame segments and communicate with game crews at stadiums across the country, either on- or off-camera.


Pereira is a regular guest on FOX Sports Radio’s national lineup and contributes videos for FOXSports.com.

Pereira has been involved in football since 1982 when he was an NCAA Division I official. He 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, he officiated eight postseason 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 NFL sidelines and overseeing WAC officiating, Pereira was promoted to NFL Supervisor of Officiating in 1998. In 2001, he 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.


Born and raised in Stockton, Calif., he graduated from Santa Clara University in 1972 with a B.A. in finance. Pereira currently lives in Sacramento with his wife Gail.