Falcons give Rich McKay a promotion

A little more than five years ago, Rich McKay got strong consideration to succeed Paul Tagliabue as the commissioner of the NFL.

The job didn’t go to him and he remained with the Atlanta Falcons, who presented him with a new job title today. The club announced McKay has been promoted to president and CEO of the Falcons. Previously, he was the club president.

“Since joining the Falcons in 2003, there is no doubt that Rich has been a valuable leader of our club,” owner Arthur Blank said in a statement released by the team. “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 handles business dealings while also working with general manager Thomas Dimiroff on various aspects, such as contract negotiations. He is the point man as the Falcons look for a stadium to replace the Georgia Dome when the lease is up.

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