Rick Pych, President / Strategic Advisor
Now in his 24th season, Rick leads business operations for all five sports franchises owned and operated by Spurs Sports & Entertainment which include the San Antonio Spurs (NBA), the San Antonio Rampage (AHL Hockey), the San Antonio Stars (WNBA), the Austin Spurs (NBA Development League), and San Antonio FC (USL Soccer) as well as all operations of the AT&T Center and Toyota Field.
His day to day responsibilities include marketing, corporate partnerships & ticket sales, finance & administration, communications, corporate development, community relations, IT, facilities management as well as all corporate business and new initiatives on behalf of the organization and ownership.
He was named the Spurs Chief Financial Officer in 1993 and promoted to Executive Vice President in 2000, President of Business Operations in 2008 and President and Co-CEO in 2016. In 1995, Rick led the creation of a development, financial and operating study for a new multi-purpose arena that eventually led to the new home for the Spurs, the AT&T Center. He was named the Chief Development Officer of the AT&T Center in 1999 where he successfully led the County Referendum Campaign which provided public funding to build the AT&T Center and again in a second referendum that provided funds for additional improvements to the AT&T Center which were completed before the 2015-2016 season.
Rick has grown Spurs Sports & Entertainment into a highly successful organization encompassing various sports. In 2002, he successfully led the organization’s efforts to bring hockey to the AT&T Center by negotiating the purchase of an American Hockey League (AHL) Affiliate. In the summer of 2007, he spearheaded the negotiations to purchase the NBA Development League Team, The Austin Spurs (formerly Austin Toros). After seven years of working toward bringing professional soccer to San Antonio, he successfully launched San Antonio FC, a USL soccer franchise that began play in April 2016. In January 2016, in conjunction with the City of San Antonio and Bexar county, entered into a long term operating agreement to run Toyota Field where professional soccer and other events would be hosted.
He serves on various boards including the NBA Board of Governors, AHL Executive Committee, AHL Board of Governors and previously served on the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Sports Foundation (dating back to 1989). He was part of the team that brought major sporting events to San Antonio, including the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1993, the 1995 National Senior Olympics, the 2002 NCAA Women’s Final Four and the 1998, 2004, and 2008 NCAA Men’s Final Four. He has also served on the Executive Committee and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for Via Metropolitan Transit and is currently Co-Chair on the Executive committee of Centro Partnership San Antonio. His past board positions include: Executive Committee and Board of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, Board of the San Antonio Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone, and Executive Committee and Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Antonio. He is an active mentor in the InspireU Program for Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas.
Rick holds a degree in accounting from Fairfield University and is a CPA. He has a 30-year-old son, Zack.
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