Rich McKay, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Atlanta Falcons and President of AMB Sports & Entertainment (AMBSE), has received a 5-year contract extension through June 2022, announced today by Steve Cannon, AMB Group, LLC, Chief Executive Officer.
"Rich has been so important to our businesses and Atlanta's growth for many years. We are thrilled to extend his contract with the Falcons and AMB Sports & Entertainment," said Steve Cannon, AMB Group, LLC, chief executive officer. "He has been instrumental in the success of the Atlanta Falcons on and off the field and has played a very important role in making Mercedes-Benz Stadium a reality, and in bringing Major League Soccer to Atlanta. Rich is a great champion of our core values and will continue to be a strong leader in our organization and community for years to come."
McKay is entering his 14th year with the Atlanta Falcons, where he was initially hired in 2004 as Falcons' president and general manager and then in 2011 was elevated to President and CEO of the team. In 2015 McKay was named president of AMBSE and, in that position, has played a pivotal role in the negotiation, development and progress of building the Mercedes-Benz Stadium which is set to open later this year as the home of the Atlanta Falcons and MLS expansion team, Atlanta United.
McKay has been one of the National Football League's most successful executives for over 30 years on both the club and league levels. He has served on the Competition Committee for 23 years, the last 20 of which he has served as co-chairman (1998-2011) and chairman (2011 to present). Additionally, he played an important role in helping to renegotiate and extend the current collective bargaining agreement (CBA).
His contribution and influence to the city and state has been critical in leading Atlanta's efforts to land the 2018 College Football Championship, Super Bowl LIII in 2019 and the NCAA Men's Final Four in 2020, all of which will be played in Mercedes-Benz Stadium. McKay continues to serve in a variety of roles for the city and state in several civic organizations and was recently named chairman of Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) for 2017.