Mike Carey leaving NFL for CBS


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Jul 31, 2006
Rhode Island
Referee Mike Carey is leaving his job with the NFL to join CBS. He will have a role similar to what Mike Pereira does for FOX.
Carey was hired Tuesday by CBS. He will provide rules analysis, interpretation and explanations
Sean McManus, chairman of CBS Sports, said: ''So many times throughout the years of watching Mike officiate, I often thought it would be great to have him someday work for CBS explaining the calls on the field,'' said McManus. ''We're excited that this has now come to fruition.''

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Apr 23, 2010
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This is good news. I like what Pereira adds to the broadcast. I would much rather have a former Ref explaining the rules than the numbskulls in the booth.


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Apr 15, 2006
Somers, CT
His subtle pause and dramatic delivery - "Holding............ DEFENSE!!!" always rubbed me the wrong way. He also presided over the game that didn't happen.
So, yeah, I won't miss him on the field.
It should be interesting to see if he carries any theatrical proclamations to his analysis. 


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Aug 25, 2009
Noooo! I love his uncontrollable arms! Sooner or later he was gonna slam someone in the face while calling a penalty and I was really looking forward to it. Fuck.


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I've been a fan of the ageless Mike Carey ever since this game (from Wikipedia):
Carey was the referee during a 2005-06 playoff game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins.  At the conclusion of a play during this game, Redskins safety Sean Taylor spat in the face of Buccaneers running back Michael Pittman. Pittman retaliated with a slap to Taylor's helmet.  Carey could be heard through a live microphone immediately ejecting Taylor from the game. Head linesman Steve Stelljes conferred with Carey over Pittman's actions, but Carey decided not to penalize Pittman. When questioned about taking no action against Pittman by Redskins players, Carey said in response to being spat upon, "What would you do?"  Mike Pereira, the vice president of officiating, approved of Carey's handling of the incident saying that "offsetting personal fouls would not have been appropriate".   Pereira added, "If anybody didn't eject somebody for spitting in somebody's face, I'd be disappointed."

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May 20, 2003
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Mike Carey is a very good ref and the NFL will be the worse without him.

He has a very successful personal business (ski eqipment, i think), so maybe he's in a good financial position to step away from the NFL for the comparatively easier job of TV work.