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Heres the Super Bowl 49 referee you probably wont like

By Katie Sharp

Bill Vinovich worked the Divisional round playoff game between the Ravens and Patriots last Sunday.

Bill Vinovich will be the referee for the officiating staff at Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1 in Glendale, Ariz., reports Football Zebras. Vinovich has been an NFL referee for 10 years and is a former NFL officiating supervisor. He most recently worked the Divisional round playoff game between the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots last Saturday.

Although the Green Bay Packers-Dallas Cowboys game dominated the officiating headlines last weekend, the Ravens-Patriots matchup was not without controversy. Ravens coach John Harbaugh was mad at the referees for his team not being given enough notice when the Patriots used some unusual substitution methods and formations. The NFL confirmed that the formations and substitution patterns were legal, but Harbaugh insisted that they were deceptive and gave New England an unfair advantage.

The assignments for the entire crew were officially given out on Wednesday. Each of the crew members worked one of Divisional round games, but no more than three were on the same crew together. Officials in the Super Bowl are required to be ranked in the top tier according to the vice president of officiating, Dean Blandino. While accuracy is a key determination of these rankings, Blandino has said that he considers other factors as well.

Here is the full crew, as confirmed by Football Zebras:

R: Bill Vinovich

U: Bill Schuster

HL: Dana McKenzie

LJ: Mark Perlman

FJ: Bob Waggoner

SJ: Tom Hill

BJ: Terrence Miles

  • Replay official: Mike Wimmer
  • Replay assistant: Terry Poulos
  • Alternates: Carl Cheffers, Fred Bryan, Rusty Baynes, Todd Prukop, Barry Anderson

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