Rangers hire PGA executive as COO

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Texas Rangers named Rick George, a longtime sports executive who was recently with the PGA and Champions tours, the club's chief operating officer Tuesday.

He's expected to begin his new job later this month.

George will oversee all revenue-generating and branding efforts for the Rangers under managing general partner and CEO Chuck Greenberg.

"We are very fortunate to have attracted such a dynamic and accomplished sports executive to our organization in Rick George," Greenberg said in a news release. "Rick has played a key role in working with tournaments and their sponsors on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour, and he will have a significant impact on the growth of the Texas Rangers brand and revenue streams.

"Throughout our comprehensive nationwide search, top executives from around the sports industry actively sought to be considered for the position. Rick is the guy we wanted and we are thrilled to have him."

George was the executive VP and chief of operations for the PGA Tour since June 2008, overseeing key aspects including player relations, competitions, rules committee and tournament business affairs. He assisted with acquiring and renewing title sponsorships, plus other ways of generating revenue for tournaments.

"Rick has been a valuable member of our executive team over the past seven years and we thank him for the outstanding job he has done in overseeing both the Champions Tour and PGA Tour," said PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem in a release. "Under Rick's leadership, the Champions Tour enjoyed tremendous success instituting new initiatives that greatly enhanced the experience for our fans, sponsors, tournaments and sponsors alike, and he brought that passion and creativity to the PGA Tour. We wish to thank Rick for his many contributions and wish him the very best in this new endeavor."

George was a four-year starter in football and a 1982 graduate of the University of Illinois. He was an assistant athletic director at the University of Colorado and held a similar position at Vanderbilt before joining Fore!Kids Foundation as president and CEO in 1998. From there, he moved over to the PGA Tour.

Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.