Texas Rangers: Rick George
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Well, he was there, enjoying the game between former president George W. Bush and the former first lady, Laura. Ryan's future with the club remains uncertain as the CEO has not publicly said whether he's staying with the team since it was announced that Jon Daniels had added the title of president of baseball operations and Rick George became president of business operations.
But Ryan was where he's been the past few seasons Friday, sitting in the front row to watch Derek Holland's start against the Angels. Will he be there all weekend and into next week? We'll see.
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From the team's news release:
"Under Nolan Ryan's leadership over the last five years, the Rangers organization has made enormous strides both on and off the field," said Rangers Co-Chairman Ray Davis and Bob Simpson. "On the baseball side, Nolan has helped Jon Daniels develop into one of the game's top executives. Off the field, Rick George has worked with Nolan to find new ways to drive growth and to make sure our fan experience is among the best in baseball. These promotions not only reflect the day to day responsibility Nolan has assigned to Jon and Rick, but also the terrific job they have done. We are fortunate to have such an experienced and talented leadership team, led by Nolan, that puts our fans first and is committed to winning."
"I am proud of what we have accomplished as an organization over the last several years,” said Ryan. “That has been due in large part to the efforts of a lot of talented and dedicated individuals who work in all areas of the ballclub. I want to congratulate Jon and Rick on their promotions as the organization moves forward with a tremendous group of employees to achieve an even greater level of excellence in 2013 and in the years to come. "
Daniels is in his eighth season overseeing the Rangers baseball operation after being appointed GM in October 2005. This is his 12th season with the organization.
Aresco was named Big East commissioner on Aug. 13. However, less than a week before, he was not mentioned as a candidate in nearly 70 pages of documents sent to the league's search committee between June 15 and Aug. 6. The documents were obtained from two Big East universities by ESPN.
On Aug. 6, Rick George, chief operating officer of the Texas Rangers since 2010, and Mark Abbott, president of Major League Soccer since 2006, were listed as the only "finalist candidates." Both individuals interviewed that afternoon at Russell Reynolds Associates' offices in New York.
Besides George and Abbott, others who also interviewed, according to the documents, were Ray Anderson, NFL executive vice president of football operations since 2006; Tim Brosnan, Major League Baseball's executive vice president of business; Dennis Robinson, Formula One Grand Prix COO since January; and Arlen Kantarian, former CEO of the U.S. Tennis Association.
George was hired by the Rangers in October 2010 after spending the previous two years as executive VP and COO of the PGA Tour. He's spent nearly 30 years as a sports executive on the professional and collegiate level.
"I do think the prices are fair," George said Tuesday. "We don’t do this in a vacuum. We look at what MLB is doing, what our market is doing and the number of seats we have, plus the fact that we're different from any other sport in that we've got 81 games and a lot more inventory than they do. We look at it all and as we’ve looked at it, we feel strongly that our pricing is fair and we think it’s affordable for everyone. We always want to be family friendly and we think we are. We wanted to look at every area individually."
George said he also feels that fans will get even more from their experience this season. Besides watching the two-time defending AL champions, fans can enjoy the new Vandergriff Plaza area in the outfield, which includes new seating areas, concession stands, a sports bar/restaurant and an air-conditioned kids area. It's a $12 million investment, and the club is spending about $1.1 million to increase the height of the railings.
"We're doing what we can to improve the ballpark experience," George said.
Parking was also increased, going back to $12. The club had dropped it to $10 when new ownership came in late in the 2010 season and they kept it at $10 for 2011. It will be $10 on Fridays this season, but $12 for the other games.
"Part of the decision was we haven’t addressed our parking prices for a while," George said. "We looked at it and what people are charging and we feel it’s affordable."
George said the club didn't want to increase as much on the cheaper seats, thinking that families might take advantage of the prices. There is no increase in the grandstand reserved and a $1 increase in the upper box and upper reserved sections.
"We want to maintain a ticket that families can afford," George said. "We think baseball is a great family outing and we think that's important. Then we looked at other areas of the ballpark to see where we're undervalued. So we have seats that went up higher than others. But our thought process is that we want to have an area in the ballpark that’s affordable to anybody that wants to come."
For a full list of prices and increases, click here.
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