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NWHL Partner Profile: Texas Rangers COO Neil Leibman

By NWHL.zone staff, 10/04/18, 1:30PM EDT

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The continued growth and success of the National Women’s Hockey League is made possible in large part by passionate and visionary supporters that have shown faith and invested in the value of the league and its players. Over the coming year, we hope to share the stories of some of our partners in the mission of advancing women’s professional hockey in the U.S.

We begin today by introducing you to Neil Leibman, a co-owner and the COO of Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers.

Neil’s belief in the value of the NWHL, along with the wisdom and guidance he has shared as we begin our fourth season with big expectations, have been invaluable to our growth,” said NWHL Founder and Commissioner Dani Rylan. “We want everyone who cares about the future of women’s hockey to know about people like Neil. Behind the scenes, he is one of the key people making a difference.”

Neil Leibman
NWHL Investor
COO, Texas Rangers
CEO of Summer Energy Inc.

Why the NWHL: Leibman – “I believe in the future of women’s professional sports. I decided to get involved in the NWHL because of the people – starting with the world-class athletes and great role models across our teams, and also my partners that share my faith in the league and its goals, along with the leaders of the league like Dani Rylan and [Deputy Commissioner] Hayley Moore.”

Professional Sports Involvement:

  • Texas Rangers: Leibman was named Chief Operating Officer earlier this year and is part of the ownership group that purchased the team in 2010. He serves on the Rangers’ Board of Directors, and is Chairman of the Ownership Committee and Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation.
  • Minor League Baseball: A longtime owner and CEO of several Minor League Baseball teams, Leibman led the Rangers' transfer and purchase of the Down East Wood Ducks of the Carolina League and the acquisition of the South Atlantic League's Hickory Crawdads.
  • Esports: Leibman is the creator of Infinite Esports & Entertainment, which owns OpTic Gaming and other esports verticals. He is the chairman of the Houston Outlaws, OpTic’s Overwatch team.

Business: He is CEO of Summer Energy Inc., a Texas retail electricity provider.

Personal: Leibman is a proud member of numerous school boards and charitable organizations and is a member of MLB’s Diversity and International Committees A graduate of Emory University, he has a law degree and MBA from the SUNY School of Law and Business. Neil resides in Houston with his wife Amy and their three children.

On His Role in the NWHL: “I’m an active investor who is available to share my experience whenever it is needed. I’m proud to be part of the NWHL and happy to help in any way.”

Leibman’s Outlook: “For me, the NWHL is a legacy investment. I’m looking long-term. I want to see the NWHL on par some day with the NHL. That’s what drives all of us, and I’m confident it will happen.”

What’s Next: “With Minnesota joining the league, this is going to be another great season and step forward for us. In the near future, I can see us expanding from the current five to eight teams in the next five years. Short-term, on a personal level, I want to get out to a few games this season. The NWHL players are incredible, and I want to take the time to see them in action. I have so much respect for everything they mean to our league, the sport and the people watching.”