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Bill Vinovich will be Super Bowl referee, is among 4 first-timers on crew

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NEW YORK — Bill Vinovich will be the referee for the Super Bowl, heading a seven-man crew that includes four officials working the title game for the first time.

The NFL made the announcement Tuesday. The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks play Feb. 1 in Glendale, Arizona.

Vinovich, umpire Bill Schuster, head linesman Dana McKenzie and back judge Terrence Miles will be working their first Super Bowl. The crew also includes line judge Mark Perlman, field judge Bob Waggoner and side judge Tom Hill.

Mike Wimmer is the replay official and the assistant is Terry Poulos.

Vinovich is in his ninth season as an NFL official. He was the referee for the Patriots-Baltimore playoff game this month when New England confused the Ravens with a formation using a running back as an ineligible receiver. The NFL said the Patriots' scheme was legal.

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