Rich McKay, President & CEO, Atlanta Falcons speaks at Terry Third Thursday

“The Business of Professional Sports — The NFL Advantage”

Rich joined the Falcons in December 2003, and currently serves as the club’s President & CEO. He is in charge of all business operations and is leading the club’s efforts to build a new stadium as the team heads towards the expiration of its lease term at the Georgia Dome. Rich also works closely with General Manager Thomas Dimitroff on contract negotiations and managing the team’s annual salary cap.

The McKay family has deep roots in collegiate and professional football, dating back more than 30 years to when Rich’s late father, John McKay, led the University of Southern California Trojans to four national championships and later was named the first head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1975.

Rich’s impact has been felt at the league level for many years as a valued member of many NFL committees charged with advancing the game and the NFL business. Beginning in 1994, Rich joined the NFL’s Competition Committee, became the Co-chairman in 1998 and in March 2011, he was named Chairman of the committee, which is comprised of NFL head coaches and league executives who study the game and recommend rule changes and modifications that ensure player safety while promoting competitiveness in the league. In addition, for the past six years, Rich has served on the NFL Management Council Working Group of league executives, which helps advise on collective bargaining issues. He also serves on the NFL’s Diversity Committee Working Group. During the 2011 off-season, McKay played a pivotal role in navigating the difficult waters in helping to negotiate a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the players that resulted in labor peace for the next ten years. This year, Rich began serving on the League’s Health and Safety Committee to work towards establishing new and improved guidelines for the game of football.

In giving back to the community, Rich serves as the Chairman for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Corporate Committee. He is a member of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Board, Central Atlanta Progress and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation Board of Directors.

Rich earned his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in 1981. He graduated from Stetson’s College of Law in 1984. Rich and his wife Terrin have two sons, Hunter and John.

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