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Rich McKay

President & CEO, Atlanta Falcons

Richard J. McKay

Atlanta Falcons - President & CEO

Falcons President & CEO, Rich McKay, a notable fixture in the National Football League for more than 30 years as one of the League’s most influential executives, begins his 15th season with the Atlanta Falcons. His tenure with the Falcons has included 7 trips to the playoffs, 2 NFC Championships and an appearance to Super Bowl LI. The son of late legendary University of Southern California head football coach John McKay, Rich has held the title of NFL General Manager or team president for 25 consecutive seasons (Tampa Bay and Atlanta).

After serving the first eight years as President of the Falcons, McKay was promoted to President and CEO of the club by Owner and Chairman Arthur M. Blank on September 1, 2011.

McKay’s long-term involvement in the NFL includes many notable achievements. He is the only executive to have led two successful stadium negotiations (Atlanta and Tampa Bay), he was General Manager and chief football architect for a Super Bowl championship team in Tampa Bay (XXXVII), he has served as an active participant within the NFL’s committee system to help advance the game and the NFL’s business and was substantially involved in the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations which led to the current multi-year agreement signed in 2011 with the NFL and the NFL Players Association.

Additionally, McKay has been a member of the NFL’s Competition Committee for the past 23 years. He was named Co-Chairman of the Committee in 1998 and on March 1, 2011, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell named McKay Chairman of the committee which is comprised of NFL head coaches and League executives who study the game and recommend rules changes and modifications to ensure player safety while promoting competitiveness.

McKay and his wife, Terrin, have two sons; Hunter, a 2012 Samford University graduate now employed in the Sports Information Office at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, and John, a 2015 University of Southern California graduate who is now a Pro Scout with the Los Angeles Rams.

Wednesday, June 20

You’ve Heard the Buzz, Now Get the Details: The New F&B Model at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Many said it couldn’t be done, but the new fan-friendly prices at Mercedes-Benz Stadium are setting a new standard in F&B. During this case study, hear how the AMB Group built Mercedes-Benz Stadium with the fan in mind and how offering deeply reduced menu items has resulted in higher ROI and increased fan satisfaction.

Rich McKay, President & CEO, Atlanta Falcons
Facilitator: Terry Lefton, Staff Writer, Sports Business Journal / Daily