NBRPA Board of Directors extends President/CEO Arnie Fielkow’s contract

February 17, 2014

The Board of Directors for the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) announced a 9-year contract extension for President & CEO Arnie D. Fielkow, which will run through 2023. Under Fielkow’s leadership the NBRPA has grown its membership by nearly 50 percent to an all-time high of more than 650 former NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA players. Further, Fielkow has helped strengthen the tremendous partnerships enjoyed with the NBA, NBPA and other supporting entities.

After six years spent in public service helping rebuild his adopted hometown in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the former New Orleans City Council President returned to the sports business as Chief Executive Officer of the NBRPA in 2011. Fielkow began his position as CEO of the only retired players organization for NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA alumni in October of 2011 and was additionally named President in 2013.

“Arnie came to the NBRPA following a challenging time for our organization and worked closely with our Board of Directors to improve business operations, grow membership, expand our charitable programming and build our partnerships with the NBA, NBPA and our entire membership,” said NBRPA Chairman of the Board Otis Birdsong. “We are excited to announce a long-term contract extension with Arnie and look forward to building on the positive momentum we have established within our organization and in the community.”

In addition to helping grow benefits and programs for NBRPA Members, Fielkow worked with the NBRPA Board of Directors to expand the organization’s charitable mission to include community outreach by establishing and executing grassroots basketball events and youth development programs in the United States and abroad. Under Fielkow’s leadership, NBRPA Members have recently led international service tours in Haiti and the Middle East, as well as in American communities such as Sandy Hook, Conn., Moore, Okla. and the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans.

“I am honored to serve the greatest players in the history of basketball as President & CEO of the NBRPA,” Fielkow said. “Under the direction of our Board of Directors, we have grown as an organization and expanded our programming for both members and communities in need. I am proud of what our team has accomplished and look forward to building on this solid foundation as we continue to develop the NBRPA.”

Fielkow, twice elected as New Orleans Councilman-at-Large post-Katrina, possesses an extensive background in both professional and intercollegiate athletics, as well as in law. He helped rebuild the hurricane-ravaged city and introduced legislation to improve education, economic development, public safety and youth recreation in New Orleans. From 2007-2011 citizens named Council President Fielkow “Best New Orleans City Councilmember” according to Gambit Weekly. Fielkow also was identified as one of New Orleans Magazine’s 2006 “People to Watch” and “Favorite Local Politician” in 2008. In 2009, Council President Fielkow was branded “New Orleanian of the Year” and “Second Most-Admired (Male) New Orleanian” by readers of New Orleans Magazine.

Prior to running for public office, Fielkow served as Executive Vice President of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints from 2000 to 2005. In this capacity, he served as the top senior management official presiding over all administrative/business departments, including marketing, sales, regional development, governmental affairs, community relations, business media relations and youth programs.

Fielkow was instrumental in enhancing the team’s influence, both nationally and locally, throughout Louisiana and the entire Gulf South. Upon joining the Saints, Fielkow immediately restructured the Saints business and marketing efforts, with an emphasis on increasing the club’s ticket, suite, sponsorship and special event sales.

Prior to joining the Saints, Fielkow served as Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel of the Continental Basketball Association, then the official developmental league of the NBA. During his tenure with the CBA, Fielkow negotiated new player and referee development agreements with the NBA and helped the Association reach record attendance levels. He also introduced and administered several new programs, including a national television agreement with ESPN2, a CBA national radio contract, and a multi-game exhibition series involving former Los Angeles Lakers’ great Magic Johnson. Fielkow was also elected to the Board of Directors for USA Basketball.