NFL Head of Officiating on Cowboys Party Bus?


This could make for a nice little scandal to bide time between now and the start of the NFL regular season. It appears that the head of NFL officiating Dean Blandino went out for a night of partying with Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones and a few “lovely ladies.” If you don’t want to take our word for it, check out this photo. 

Courtesy of TMZ

Courtesy of TMZ

That very well appears to be Dean Blandino getting off the now infamous Cowboys’ party bus.

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, rival NFL teams don’t exactly seem to be too thrilled by Blandino’s appearance on the bus.

The reactions to the video by officials of several teams — none of whom I spoke to are a natural rival of the Cowboys or had any personal issues with Jones or Blandino — as well as former high-ranking team officials, were quite visceral. Several expressed concern at the appearance of potential competitive balance issues, given the sensitive nature of Blandino’s role and his authority on matters of officiating and interpretation.

Competitive balance issues aside, what is the head official doing in California on a party bus with Jones and what appears to be a couple other interesting characters?

No word yet on whether Blandino was on hand during Jerry Jones recent on-camera exploits.

Courtesy of Terez Owens

Courtesy of Terez Owens


Courtesy of Terez Owens

Courtesy of Terez Owens

Heck, maybe he was the camera man.

In all seriousness, this doesn’t look good for the Cowboys and the NFL as a whole. One executive from an unnamed team pretty much indicated as much to La Canfora.

So, should I have my owner take him to a strip club when he visits us?” asked one team official, hypothetically. “Is that how it works? We like Dean a lot, but let me tell you, if that was him out with (the owner of a rival of the club this official works for), my owner would be going nuts. This just can’t happen.

Stay tuned, there promises to be more to this story.



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  1. Goodell and league are fully aware of this BS with JJ and the refs. There have been times when the announcers would comment on the strange clock behavior at Cowboys stadium and questionable calls. If anything, the league is POed about Blandino getting himself caught.

  2. No matter how you look at it, this bad all the way around. JJ’s sexual escapades and Blanding being on that bus is a scandal. Indianapolis’s Irsays problem pales in comparison. The owners of the league should expunge Jerry Jones from the league. This is bad, very bad. I guess since Jerry Jones couldn’t get owners to vote on increasing the number teams to make the playoffs……. Well I didn’t say it but the appearance of this leaves open ended possibilities of JJ’s intentions.

    He should be forced to sell the team and booted from the NFL. Donald Sterling may have been a racist but he at least did not deny he had a girlfriend. I’m a 49ers fan so I’m glad to hear anything bad that happens to this team and especially Jerry Jones. But for the integrity of the league and to keep one of the NFL’s flagship teams from getting worse under Jones the league should act. His actions are conduct unbecoming of an owner and if the league doesn’t act, the NFL will lose all credibility.