2017 Basketball Career Conference in Las Vegas

July 8-9, 2017
Las Vegas, Nevada
Taking place as Vegas becomes the heart of the basketball universe during Basketball Exposure Camps and Summer League Games!

Get informed and inspired at Sports Management Worldwide's annual Basketball Career Conference July 8th-9th in Las Vegas. This is the year to invest in yourself by sharing the same space with some of the biggest names in the basketball industry, learning from their panels and attending great networking events.

Career-minded individuals who dream of working in basketball will:

  • Develop authentic connections with basketball industry experts
  • Gain insight into the latest trends in marketing, scouting, agency, analytics and sales
  • Discover who is hiring and what you need to know to get hired
  • Receive career guidance from basketball insiders
  • Connect with other basketball career minded individuals
  • Learn strategies to catapult your career to the next level
  • Ask questions of basketball executives, scouts, media members and more

Be a part of the highest quality discussions regarding basketball careers and industry insights – this is the event to help sharpen your skills!


Please Note: SMWW's Career Conference is not affiliated or in any way connected with the NBA, the NBA Summer League Games, or the NBA D-League.

Information about the 2017 Basketball Career Conference in Las Vegas :

Saturday, July 8th: 5-7pm

Welcome Reception - hors d'oeuvres and cocktails available
Embassy Suites Las Vegas
4315 Swenson Street, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Come network in a relaxed environment with basketball executives, SMWW staff, and other basketball conference attendees. Our welcome receptions are always an exciting time! Everyone there is energized about the conference, engaged in learning from each other and enjoying a few adult beverages.

It's optional… but you really shouldn't miss it!

Sunday, July 9th, 2017: 9am-4pm

University of Nevada, Las Vegas Student Union
(10 minute walk from the Thomas & Mack & Cox Pavillion - Summer League Games)
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Basketball Career Conference sessions will take place on the campus of UNLV and cover a wide range of topics including sports marketing, agency, basketball scouting and analytics, digital video editing, event management, media relations, journalism, broadcasting and more.


Summer League Basketball Games are being played at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavillion. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at nbatickets.com. Tickets go on sale May 22, 2017. (We suggest buying online to avoid the heat!)

SMWW Discounted Hotel Rooms Available:

Embassy Suites
(Closest hotel to UNLV & Vegas Summer League Games. Free hot breakfast, free parking, free wifi with the SMWW discounted rate, free happy hour, free shuttle to the Las Vegas Strip).
4315 Swenson Street
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Book Your SMWW Discounted Room Here


I learned so much at the 2015 SMWW Basketball Career Conference, it was a great experience and an amazing opportunity to network. Being able to interact with professional personnel and team decision-makers inspiring and educational. I feel the knowledge I acquired will lead directly to a sports career. Thank you, SMWW!
- Tara Iguidbashian, University of San Diego



Early bird registration open till May 31, 2017: (pay now and save!)

(This event is limited to the first 145 and will sell out fast!)

Conference Registration includes: 

  • Name badge & credentials 
  • Registration packet
  • All conference sessions
  • Sunday Networking Lunch
  • Saturday Night Welcome Reception - Meet sports executives, SMWW Staff, and speakers.

Student Admission: $200 (regular price - $275)
Team Admission: $200 (regular price - $275)

General Admission: $225 (regular price - $300)



** Please note, conference fee does not include hotel accommodations

Walk-up registrations will not be accepted. Please register online in advance.


Speakers at Past Basketball Career Conferences

  • David Griffin - Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager
  • Marc Stein – Senior NBA Writer, ESPN
  • Gar Forman, Chicago Bulls General Manager
  • Scotty Stirling, Sacramento Kings Head Scout
  • Jim Paxson – Chicago Bulls Director of Basketball Operations
  • Amin Elhassan – NBA Analyst, Writer for ESPN.com
  • Jan Wieland – FIBA Agent & International Basketball Expert
  • David Kahn – Minnesota Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations
  • Loretta Abrams – President of Women's American Basketball Association
  • David Mondress, BDA Sports Management Vice President
  • Dean Oliver, Author of Basketball on Paper & Basketball Analytics Icon
  • Mark Warkentien - New York Knicks Director of Player Personnel
  • Michael Born, Portland Trail Blazers, Director of NBA Scouting
  • Brian Hagan, Chicago Bulls Asst. GM
  • Dave Babcock – Milwaukee Bucks Director of Player Personnel
  • Dr. Lynn Lashbrook – President and Founder, Sports Management Worldwide

Speakers are not guaranteed. We are aggressive in seeking out the best possible panelists, and are always successful booking the industries best, but individual schedules are often dependent on team needs which fluctuate throughout the week and can lead to unavoidable conflicts.

Keep checking back on this page to see the latest speakers added to this year's conference!


2016 SMWW Basketball Career Conference Agenda

Note: This is last years agenda as a sample. Speakers and times will vary.
Saturday, July 8th

7:30pm-9:30pm Networking Welcome Reception
off the Las Vegas strip

Sunday, July 9th

LOCATION: UNLV Student Union
4505 S Maryland Pkwy, Paradise, NV 89154

8:00am Registration opens (Bagels & Coffee)

8:45am Welcome & Opening Remarks with Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President

9:00am From Coach, Scout, DPP, to VP in the NBA
Dave Babcock, Milwaukee Bucks Vice President of Player Personnel

9:45am Break

10:00am Inside with ESPN Insiders
Amin Elhassan, ESPN NBA Analyst
Ethan Strauss, ESPN Writer

11:00am Special Guest Speaker

12:00pm Networking Lunch (lunch provided)

1:00pm Keynote Speaker: It's Not Who You Know, It's Who Knows You
Mark Warkentien, New York Knicks Director of Pro Player Personnel, SMWW Faculty

2:00pm How to Break Into Pro Basketball via Scouting and the Video Department
Bill Pope, Sacramento Kings NBA Advance Scout
Nick Mazzella, NBA D-League Los Angeles D-Fenders General Manager, SMWW Alumni
Mike Shedd, Dallas Mavericks Head Video Coordinator and Scout
Herb Livsey, Denver Nuggets Scout

2:45pm Break

3:00pm Inside the Numbers with Basketball Analytics Pioneer Dean Oliver
Dean Oliver, Pioneer of Basketball Analytics, SMWW Faculty

3:45pm Inside the Game of Representing Athlete
David Mondress, BDA Sports Management NBA Agent
Joel Corry, Former NBPA and NFLPA Agent, SMWW Faculty
Bret Kanis, Hightower Law Firm Attorney, NBPA Player Agent

4:45pm Closing Remarks


Download a Copy of the
2016 London Sports Program Here