Falcons promote Rich McKay to CEO

The Atlanta Falcons just gave Rich McKay another job. He’ll remain as team president, but he also has added the duty of chief executive officer.

“Since joining the Falcons in 2003, there is no doubt that Rich has been a valuable leader of our club,” Falcons owner and chairman Arthur M. Blank said. “Beyond his day-to-day duties as president of the Falcons, Rich has led a good number of key initiatives for us. In addition, he is increasingly enlisted by the league as someone who can be counted on to lend his experience, expertise and dedication to solve problems or generate new ideas. This promotion is in recognition of Rich’s many contributions to the Falcons and the NFL, as well as recognition of his professional accomplishments along the way.”

McKay came to the Falcons as general manager in 2003 after serving in the same capacity with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. McKay became team president after the 2007 season, when the Falcons restructured their operations and brought in general manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Mike Smith prior to the 2008 season.

Although Dimitroff runs football operations, McKay has remained very involved in contract negotiations and salary-cap management. McKay’s main duty is handling the day-to-day business operations of the Falcons, but he also is in charge of the team’s effort to get a new stadium.

McKay also is the Falcons’ chief connection to the league office. He is the chairman of the league’s competition committee and also played a key role in the recent labor negotiations.

“Of all of the club executives, Rich had the most sustained and substantial involvement,” said Jeff Pash, the NFL’s general counsel, in a recent report published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We had a lot of club people who were involved in many phases of our planning, but Rich had the most direct ongoing involvement in the negotiations.”