Former Saints and VooDoo executive joins Wranglers
AUSTIN, TX, November 22, 2005-The Austin Wranglers announced today that Mike Feder has joined the organization as the team's Executive Director.
Feder brings more than 32 years of professional sports managerial experience to the Austin Wranglers, including two years as Executive Director with the New Orleans VooDoo of the Arena Football League and three years as Regional Sales Director with the New Orleans Saints. Most recently, Feder was overseeing various sales, marketing and operational responsibilities with the Saints organization for the Baton Rouge games, as well as regional responsibilities in San Antonio. The VooDoo over the last two seasons were ranked in the top three among AFL franchises in attendance, merchandise sales and national television ratings.
As Executive Director of the Austin Wranglers, Feder will oversee the sales, marketing and game operations for the team.
"We are delighted to have Mike join us in building a franchise that Central Texas can be proud of, both on and off the field," said Wranglers Team President Doug MacGregor. "His extensive sports management experience will be an incredible asset to help us achieve our objectives."
"The Austin Wranglers are well-positioned to be a very successful team and AFL franchise," says Feder. "We intend to take our games to the next level -- providing the best sports and family entertainment for Central Texas fans, creating excitement around the great game of arena football."
Working with the New Orleans Saints/VooDoo organization, Feder utilized his sports background to coordinate the team's sales and operations efforts. With the Saints, Feder was responsible for the opening of nine regional offices in 2001, as well as increasing team awareness within these markets.
Prior to his football experience, Feder spent 12 years as Vice President and General Manager of the Tucson Sidewinders/Toros (AAA affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Houston Astros). During his tenure with minor league baseball organizations, which totaled 28 years, he earned five Executive of the Year awards from four different leagues.
A Chicago native, Feder received his undergraduate degree from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, and completed his graduate studies in sports administration from Western Illinois University.
On the strength of its Mission Statement and Fans' Bill of Rights, the Arena Football League - the second-longest running football league in U.S. history - begins its 20th season in 2006. The Austin Wranglers kick off their third season on Friday, January 27 at the Frank Erwin Center. Often recognized as one of the nation's most affordable and fan-friendly sports leagues, the Arena Football League is America's fastest-growing sport.
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