Rogers Media President Keith Pelley headed to European Tour

TORONTO (AP) Rogers Media President Keith Pelley is leaving his job to become commissioner and CEO of golf’s European Tour. He succeeds George O’Grady, who is taking a new position within the tour.

Rogers Communications said Friday the exact date of Pelley’s departure will be announced later. A former CTV and TSN executive, Pelley has been in the job since 2010. He was one of the key players in Rogers’ 12-year, $5.2-billion acquisition of the NHL TV rights.

Rogers CEO Guy Laurence says Pelley has done a ”terrific job of reinventing the way Canadians experience the NHL.”

The 51-year-old Pelley says joining the European Tour is a ”dream job.” He adds: ”I know I’ll never be a professional golfer, so this is the next best thing.”