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Employment History

Owner
Swashbucklers

President
Swashbucklers

President
Southern Indoor Football League

Owner
Southern Indoor Football League

Owner
Louisiana Swashbucklers

Owner and President
Louisiana Swashbucklers

President and Chief Executive Officer 2007 -
Southern Ohio Sealcoating Co.

Chief Operating Officer
Southern Ohio Sealcoating Co.

Business Manager
Southern Ohio Sealcoating Co.

Affiliations

Board Member
Southern Indoor Football League

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The Swashbucklers owner, Thom Hager decided to start the SIFL thinking his indoor football experience along with his extensive business history could put together a league that really did mean it when they say, doing it right.


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Swashbucklers owner Thom Hager says the team has left the league for business-related reasons.

Currently, the team is not affiliated with any leagues. But Hager says a plan is in place, and the team isn't going anywhere.
Here's the complete press release from the team:
LAKE CHARLES, La. - The Louisiana Swashbucklers, one of indoor football's most successful franchises both on and off the field, have left the Indoor Football League, owner Thom Hager announced on Tuesday, October 28.
Hager informed the IFL owners during a conference call (on Oct. 28th).
"I have nothing but respect and admiration for Tommy Benizio and his efforts to get the IFL up and running," Hager said. "But the Swashbucklers have had to look at some intense business decisions.
"We can't continue operating in the red ... we need to have a smart business plan that gives us and our partners in other markets the opportunity to turn a profit while offering our growing fan and sponsorship bases a first-class, family-based entertainment product," Hager added.


"But the more I looked at ...

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"But the more I looked at it, it just didn't make financial sense," said Swashbucklers President Thom Hager.

So Hager got busy and formed a new league for his team, the SIFL, which will be much more regional in nature and reduce its regular-season schedule from 14 to 12 games.
It will also include a team from Lafayette.
Along with the Swashbucklers and the Lafayette-based team â€" the Mudbugs â€" the first season of the SIFL will also include teams, some as yet unnamed, in Austin, Texas (Turfcats), Pasadena (Texas Titans), Houston (focusing on the western side of the city), Galveston, Texas, and Houma.
Hager said it's possible that two other teams could be finalized by the Dec. 1 deadline for the first season.
If not, the Swashbucklers' 12-game schedule would include home-and-home series with each of the other six teams.
The league plans to begin its season in April, Hager said. The league's plan is to expand for the 2010 season, with the likelihood of teams in: Waco, Texas; Pensacola, Fla.; Tallahassee, Fla.; Tampa, Fla.; Lakeland, Fla.; and Birmingham, Ala. Beaumont, Texas, is also a possibility.
Under that scenario, the league would then split into two divisions, Hager said.
Hager said he was most excited about having the Lafayette Mudbugs, which will play in Blackham Coliseum.
"We've always wanted to play Lafayette," said Hager, who faced the problem that Lafayette had no indoor team.
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The SIFL, in contrast, will involve no air travel and relatively short bus rides â€" with an added bonus, according to Hager.
"Now, instead of taking one bus, we're going to lease two or three busses and take our fans with us," he said.


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Hager After traveling extensively for four years as a musician, Thom Hager moved to Louisiana to work at Lake Charles Music. Five years later after growing the percussion department to the second largest in the state of Louisiana, Hager decided to change careers and moved into media first as a sales rep in television, then in management in the radio industry.
In 1993, Hager moved to Tampa, Florida with his family to work for JACOR Communications as Local Sales Manager for WFLZ radio. After the birth of their third child, it was time to move back home. When the Lake Charles Ice Pirates ice hockey team offered Hager an ownership opportunity and the position as Director of Sales and Marketing, it was an answer to a prayer.
After two award winning years with the Ice Pirates, the Alexandria Warthogs offered Hager the position as VP of Sales and Marketing. In just six short months, the team had an increase of sales by more than fifteen percent before the season even started.
In November of '99, Hager returned to television, this time as Director of Sales & Marketing for the local FOX affiliate. He also launched a small promotions company known today as Impact Marketing, Sales, and Promotions which introduced a new sport to our market - indoor football.
Though Hager has hired and trained sales teams for AT&T, Apex Broadcasting, National Communications, JACOR Broadcasting, and Cumulus Broadcasting, he mostly enjoys the thrilling excitement of sports marketing and for this reason now owns the Louisiana Swashbucklers with his two partners, his wife, Brenda and God.
After winning consecutive championships in the Intense Football League, Hager had a vision to launch a regional league which is his newest brainchild - the Southern Indoor Football League. His business model is built upon progressive marketing and conservative spending.


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After traveling extensively for four years as a musician, Thom Hager moved to Louisiana to work at Lake Charles Music. Five years later after growing the percussion department to the second largest in the state of Louisiana, Hager decided to change careers and moved into media first as a sales rep in television, then in management in the radio industry.
In 1993, Hager moved to Tampa, Florida with his family to work for JACOR Communications as Local Sales Manager for WFLZ radio. After the birth of their third child, it was time to move back home. When the Lake Charles Ice Pirates ice hockey team offered Hager an ownership opportunity and the position as Director of Sales and Marketing, it was an answer to a prayer.
After two award winning years with the Ice Pirates, the Alexandria Warthogs offered Hager the position as VP of Sales and Marketing. In just six short months, the team had an increase of sales by more than fifteen percent before the season even started.
In November of '99, Hager returned to television, this time as Director of Sales & Marketing for the local FOX affiliate. He also launched a small promotions company known today as Impact Marketing, Sales, and Promotions which introduced a new sport to our market - indoor football.
Though Hager has hired and trained sales teams for AT&T, Apex Broadcasting, National Communications, JACOR Broadcasting, and Cumulus Broadcasting, he mostly enjoys the thrilling excitement of sports marketing and for this reason now owns the Louisiana Swashbucklers with his two partners, his wife, Brenda and God.
After winning consecutive championships in the Intense Football League, Hager had a vision to launch a regional league which is his newest brainchild - the Southern Indoor Football League. His business model is built upon progressive marketing and conservative spending.

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