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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:13:38 -0700
The Atlanta Falcons will lose a 2016 fifth-round draft choice and have been fined $350,000 for piping in crowd noise during home games over the last two seasons. President Rich McKay will also be suspended from the NFL's competition committee from April 1 until at least June 30.
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:19:12 -0700
The Atlanta Falcons are expected to lose a draft pick for their usage of artificial noise in their dome, according to sources. Falcons president Rich McKay is also expected to be suspended from the competition committee.
Wed, 19 Feb 2014 10:06:02 -0800
Atlanta Falcons executive Rich McKay said the competition committee briefly discussed the possibility of having all of the reviews during NFL games occur at one central location but does not think it would occur next season.
Mon, 27 Jan 2014 10:47:31 -0800
The Atlanta Falcons extended the contracts of president and chief executive officer Rich McKay, general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith Monday, Jan. 27. McKay signed a four-year deal that will run through May of 2019, while Dimitroff and Smith each signed one-year contracts. Financial terms of the deals weren't disclosed.
Tue, 19 Apr 2011 12:30:51 -0700
The NFL and its players continued their third day of mediation Tuesday, April 19, and the NFL group was led by commissioner Roger Goodell, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, Green Bay Packers chief executive officer Mark Murphy and Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay were also present Tuesday.
Sun, 27 Dec 2009 12:27:39 -0800
ESPN.com reports the Atlanta Falcons have signed team president Rich McKay to a five-year contract extension, a source told ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
Sun, 08 Nov 2009 09:57:42 -0800
Adam Schefter, of ESPN, reports former Seattle Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren is the top name on Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner's wish list to come in and run the team, according to a team source. The other names believed to be on the list are former New York Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi, former Green Bay Packers general manager Ron Wolf and Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay. Lerner is looking for someone to perform for the Browns in the same role that vice president of football operations Bill Parcells performs for the Miami Dolphins.
Wed, 18 Mar 2009 10:07:58 -0700
John Clayton, of ESPN.com, reports Atlanta Falcons president and NFL Competition Committee co-chairman Rich McKay said there will be no changes to the current overtime rules.
Thu, 03 Jan 2008 22:13:20 -0800
Jason Cole, of Yahoo! Sports, reports Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay has received a two-year contract extension, according to a source with knowledge of the team. McKay is playing an active role in interviewing candidates for both general manager and head coach, according to the source.
Tue, 24 Jul 2007 15:31:24 -0700
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank said during a press conference that he was "very disappointed" in QB Michael Vick. Blank also said he was initially in favor of a four-game suspension, but said the leave of absence was the best option. When asked if he ever directly asked Vick if he was involved in illegal dog fighting, Blank said he had not. General manager Rich McKay said releasing Vick was an option discussed, but they agreed with the league's ruling. Head coach Bobby Petrino said there is a possibility that the team will have to prepare for a season without Michael Vick.
Sat, 24 Mar 2007 09:30:46 -0700
Chris Pika, of AtlantaFalcons.com, reports the NFL's Competition Committee will propose penalizing players who spike or throw the ball after plays on the field. Touchdowns will not be subject to the proposed five-yard penalty. " This is an issue that has really shown itself in the last two years where it seems like every play -- whether a three-yard gain or a 15-yarder -- results in a player stepping up and spiking the ball," Atlanta Falcons general manager and committee co-chairman Rich McKay said. If a player spiked the ball after gaining a first down, the ball would be moved back five yards but it will still be first-and-10.
Sat, 24 Mar 2007 09:15:19 -0700
Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports the NFL is planning to improve its weekly injury reports after several teams questioned the existing method and protocol. Atlanta Falcons general manager Rich McKay said the new system will require teams to reveal each injured player's practice schedule. If commissioner Roger Goodell approves the new format, the old classifications of probable, questionable and doubtful will be de-emphasized. Under the new system, teams will list the amount of practice in which injured players participate on Wednesday and Thursday of a game week. On Friday, the teams will designate each players as probable, questionable, doubtful or out.
Fri, 26 Jan 2007 08:42:16 -0800
Steve Wyche, of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports Atlanta Falcons new head coach Bobby Petrino addressed the recent incident involving QB Michael Vick, who was cleared of any wrongdoing after attempting to pass through Miami International Airport security with an unknown particulate in a hidden compartment of a water bottle. "I told him I didn't think our first meeting would be under these circumstances, but it was good to get to know him a little bit," Petrino said regarding the face-to-face meeting he and team president/general manager Rich McKay had with Vick last week. "He told me what happened and how it happened, and from that point we decided we're going to get past that. It's unfortunate but we're going to put that behind us and it's hopefully football from here on. I'm really looking forward to moving on."
Fri, 13 Oct 2006 21:53:23 -0700
Steve Wyche, of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports former Atlanta Falcons OT Bob Whitfield, now with the New York Giants, is still upset in the manner in which he was released from the team in 2003. In an expletive-laced interview with the New York Daily News, Whitfield said he would like to be in a room with Falcons president and general manager Rich McKay so he could "really tell him how I think of his [stuff]. That is what you need to write." Whitfield added, "I don't talk to punks. I'm not disgruntled. He has to do his job. I've got to do mine. Just from a man-to-man perspective, he could have told me, dog." Whitfield claims McKay led him to believe he'd be part of the team in 2004, but Whitfield heard through the media that his job security was uncertain. He was then but before the regular season started, which helped lead to his grudge.
Thu, 20 Jul 2006 17:08:53 -0700
Steve Wyche, of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports Atlanta Falcons general manager Rich McKay won't reveal whether he has interviewed for the NFL commissioner's job, if he's a finalist or even a candidate, although it is widely believed he is in contention. "I've said no comment from the beginning and it's better for me to keep it that way," McKay said Thursday, July 20, regarding the commissioner's job. "It's a process that is ongoing and I think the owners have done a good job of trying to keep it low key, out of the media. I will respect that process."
Tue, 18 Jul 2006 05:59:05 -0700
Gary Myers, of the New York Daily News, reports Roger Goodell is positioned to become the next commissioner of the NFL, but he will have to withstand a challenge from at least one high-powered corporate CEO when owners vote Aug. 7-9 in Chicago on Paul Tagliabue's successor. There are 15 candidates still on the list, but after an owners meeting next Monday in Detroit, the eight-member search committee is expected to narrow it to three or four finalists and bring them to Chicago for the owners to interview and then vote on. It will take 22 out of 32 votes to send Tagliabue into retirement. Although Falcons' president/general manager Rich McKay and Ravens' president Dick Cass are club executives who have been under consideration, Goodell's main competition is expected to come from outside the league. "I still think Roger Goodell has the inside track, but it's hard to make a truly accurate assessment without knowing who the other candidates are," one owner said. Goodell has been the favorite from the day Tagliabue announced his retirement plans March 20.
Thu, 13 Jul 2006 16:54:56 -0700
Dave Goldberg, of the Associated Press, reports five weeks before current NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue's retirement date, there remain more than a dozen candidates for his job. The primary candidates are reported to be Roger Goodell, the league's chief operating officer; Jeff Pash, its in-house counsel; and Rich McKay, the Atlanta Falcons' general manager. Things will become clearer in 10 days and a new commissioner should be elected by Aug. 9, allowing Tagliabue to retire on Aug. 18, his target date. The NFL owners are meeting July 24 in Detroit to try to get down to a final four. Then they gather in Chicago two weeks later for a three-day selection meeting. "I'm very optimistic we'll come out of there with a commissioner," said Pittsburgh's Dan Rooney, the co-chairman of the eight-member selection committee.
Sat, 27 May 2006 12:10:18 -0700
D. Orlando Ledbetter, of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports the Atlanta Falcons might split president and general manager Rich McKay's duties if he becomes the next NFL commissioner. McKay is considered one of the top candidates to replace commissioner Paul Tagliabue when he retires later this year. One scenario in the event the team loses McKay is to have Falcons executive vice president and chief administrative officer Ray Anderson work with senior personnel executive Billy Devaney and split the work McKay used to do. Owner Arthur Blank said, "Rich would be a very difficult man to replace. He could not be replaced with a single person. I only want for Rich really what is the best thing for him. If this is something he wants to pursue, something he wants to do, then it's really a personal matter between him and his family."
Mon, 01 May 2006 14:32:13 -0700
Steve Wyche, of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports Atlanta Falcons general manager Rich McKay said the team would grab a backup defensive end and more depth at safety through free agency. The team was unable to fix those situations during the draft because they did not have a first-round or fourth-round draft pick.
Wed, 05 Apr 2006 17:17:48 -0700
D. Orlando Ledbetter, of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports the Atlanta Falcons are focusing on adding overall team depth. The team started their meetings for the NFL Draft Monday, April 5. Falcons general manager Rich McKay said, "All of the evaluations are complete. The scouts are in this week and will be in again next week." The team's first draft choice is No. 47 overall after they traded their first-round draft choice for DL John Abraham. McKay added, "We'll bring in a bunch of prospects next week. Probably 20 to 22 guys that we recruit or talk to, or guys that we view as potential free agents if they don't get drafted."
Thu, 30 Mar 2006 21:03:01 -0800
Adam Teicher, of the Kansas City Star, reports the vote to expand the NFL playoff field by two teams has been postponed by NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue. The issue could come to a vote at the league's meeting in May. Chiefs president and general manager Carl Peterson said, "He wanted more time to focus on it and have the television people look at it because it certainly would have implications for TV whether it goes on the networks or the NFL Network." Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay said he believes the league does not support it, but wanted to spend time thinking of the television aspects of 14 teams. Tagliabue is also against the proposal.