NFL Combine Football Career Conference

Conference: Thursday & Friday, February 25 & 26, 2016
(Note: This year we start Thursday night at 6:30pm.)
NFL Combine: Saturday, February 27, 2016
*Conference attendees will receive complimentary invitations to the NFL Combine. 
Note: Combine tickets are now on a wait list.
Indianapolis, Indiana 

Experience the heart of the action during the NFL Combine!

Since 2002 Sports Management Worldwide has been changing lives at the NFL Combine, not on the field, but in the conference room. Our annual NFL Combine Career Conference provides people of all ages, with a desire to work in the NFL, insight and exposure they can't get anywhere else:

  • Network with NFL executives
  • Career guidance from well know NFL executives
  • Insights on who is doing the hiring and what you need to know to get hired
  • Connect with sports career minded individuals
  • Mentors who have been where you are and want to assist you with your career
  • Insider information to changes in the industry that put your career on the fast track
  • Strategies to catapult your career to the next level

Who Should Attend the 2016 NFL Combine Career Conference?

This conference is designed for individuals who have always dreamed of working in football. Aspiring agents, executives, scouts, sales reps, marketers, analysts – all will learn a bevy of insider information to help set them apart in the employment race. 

Attendees include business professionals hoping to break into sports, sports agents looking to network, college students trying to get a foot in the door, football fans interested into changing careers ,  and many more satisfied participants.

We do require attendees to be over 18 (16-17 if accompanied by an adult).

Why Should You Attend the NFL Combine Career Conference?

Rod Graves, Arizona GM

There are very few chances for you to learn from, and ask questions of, pillars in the industry. Speakers like Adam Schefter, Mark Dominik, John Wooten and Greg Hylton aren't coming to your current business, or your college classroom, to discuss the strategies and skills necessary to work in the NFL.

At the NFL Combine Career Conference, they will. If fact, following their presentations, many speakers stick around to engage the attendees in one-on-one discussions.

Head coaches, Directors of Player Personnel and Scouting, ESPN writers, Sports Agents, Pro Athletes and many others will be present at this one of a kind event.

Attend the Invite Only 2016 NFL Combine:

*Upon registration, all attendees will be sent an invitation for complimentary tickets to the 2016 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday February 27th, 2016. This event is closed to the general public, but because of our strong relationship with the NFL special consideration is being provided to conference attendees. You will be allowed to watch the quarterbacks, tight ends and wide receivers as they are evaluated by the 32 NFL teams. Attendees are not guaranteed entrance, but will be given priority. The earlier you register, the better your chances!
At this time, Combine tickets are now on a wait list.


Where Does the Conference Take Place?

Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana in the heart of the action!

JW Marriott Indianapolis 
10 South West Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Conference Fees

Conference Registration Includes:

  • Thursday Night Welcome Reception at Indianapolis Colts Grille
  • Friday Conference & Workshop sessions. 
  • Friday Networking Lunch
General Admission: $325  
College Students, Faculty & SMWW Alumni: $300
(Your university will be on your name tag. All Sports Management Worldwide Students and Alumni are included at this rate.)  
Team, Agency Employees & SMWW Agents: $300 
(The team or agency you currently work for will be on your name tag.) 

Questions about the workshop or group rates? Contact Alyssa at

Note: This conference does not include entrance to the NFL Combine, which is closed to the public. For more information, visit the NFL Scouting Combine website. Speakers are subject to change and not guaranteed.

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

Group Discounts

In the past entire University Sports Management programs have attended, if you are interested in a group rate please contact and we can provide group discounts for 5-50 people. 


SMWW will award a limited amount of full and partial scholarships for each SMWW Career Conference. You must be 18 years or older to be considered. If interested, fill out an application and submit your resume and one page letter explaining why you should receive a scholarship to

Scholarships do not include lodging or airfare. Those who have completed an SMWW Training Program will be given preference. 

Previous Speakers

Please Note: Teams & Executives do not yet know their schedules for the NFL Combine Conference. We put together a rough draft of the agenda for the day to give you an idea of what to expect. Speakers will changes as teams make meeting schedules and flight arrangements.

  • Adam Schefter, ESPN NFL Insider
  • Ray Farmer, Former Cleveland Browns
  • Marc Trestman, Baltimore Ravens Offensive Coordinator
  • Paraag Maranthe, San Francisco 49ers President
  • Tony Khan, Jacksonville Jaguars Senior VP of Football Technologies
  • Mark Dominik, ESPN Analysts and Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM
  • John Wooten, NFL Legend
  • Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, President and Founder Sports Management Worldwide
  • Greg Hylton, Indianapolis Colts VP Premium Seating and Ticket Sales
  • Aaron Schatz, Football Outsiders & Pro Football Prospectus
  • Mike Stoeber, Jacksonville Jaguars Associate Director of Football Technology
  • Bill Guertin, The 800-Pund Gorilla, Marketing Consultant to 65 Major League Teams
  • Joel Corry, Former Sports Agent, NFL Contract & Salary Cap Expert
  • Kristen Kuliga, NFL Agent
  • Jack Mills, NFL Agent
  • Jim Solano, NFL Agent
  • Kelli Masters, NFL Agent
  • Steve Baker, NFL Agent
  • Jen Mueller, Seattle Seahawks Sideline Reporter
  • Michael Tanier, Bleacher Report NFL National Lead Writer
  • Steve Palazzolo, Pro Football Focus Senior Analyst
  • Adam Caplan, ESPN NFL Insider
  • Russ Lande, Montreal Alouettes U.S. College Scouting Director
  • Alex Brown, Optimum Scouting Head Central Scout
  • Josh Liskiewitz, Pro Football Focus Analyst
  • Adam Farrand, Athletes Performance Institute – NFL Combine & Football Business Development Manager



SMWW Staff

  • Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President
  • Jon LaForce, SMWW Sports Career Counselor
  • Jeff Brodie, SMWW Vice President & NFLPA Agent
  • Liz Lashbrook, SMWW Executive Director
  • Alyssa Rutherford, SMWW Agency Executive Assistant
  • Adam Klimek, SMWW Sports Career Counselor & Agent

What to Expect at the NFL Combine Career Conference  

SMWW Welcome Reception - Thursday, February 25th 8:15pm-10:15pm

Meet this year's speakers, NFL scouts, agents, media members and the SMWW faculty at the legendary Indianapolis Colts Grille! This welcome event is a great kick off to the conference, spent downtown in the hub of the NFL Combine activity.

The Format

You will receive a full agenda upon arrival and registration, outlining the entire 2-day conference. Due to the NFL combine schedule and the fluidity of our speakers work commitments, we juggle speaking engagements and panels up to the last minute! Below you can see this final agenda from our event last year, to give you a rough idea for what this year will present.

One thing we can guarantee – the event will be jam packed with speakers, opportunities to network, ask questions and learn from the best in the business. Every year we have surprise visits from NFL personnel, who literally walk by our meeting rooms all day and jump into a discussion or panel.

Being in the heart of the NFL Combine, where over 2,500 team executives, scouts and media members are congregating, makes the difference!



Speakers and times will change. Please keep checking back to this webpage for updates and changes.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

3:00 - 6:30pm Registration Open at the JW Marriott, 2nd level by Starbucks

6:45pm - 8:00pm Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik interviews six-time NFL Executive of the Year, Bill Polian at the JW Marriott Grand Ballroom 2. (10 S West St, Indianapolis). Sponsored by the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Sports Capital Journalism Program

8:15pm to 10:15pm SMWW Welcome Reception  - Colts Grille, 110 W Washington Street, Indianapolis
Private Party at the Colts Grille. All attendees are invited to join this fabulous networking opportunity. Registration will be open during the reception as folks fly in from all over the USA for the conference. Drop by upon your arrival and meet the SMWW Staff & Faculty, Conference Speakers, and friends of SMWW. 

Friday, February 26, 2016 (All events at JW Marriott, 10 S West St, Indianapolis)

7:45am Registration opens at the JW Marriott, Grand Ballroom Level 3

8:25am Conference Welcome with SMWW President Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, JW Marriott, Grand Ballroom Level 3

8:30am Inside the NFL with John Wooten:John Wooten, former NFL Executive, played for the Browns 1959-67, Redskins 1968. Highly respected by NFL Executives. 
Affectionately known as NFL's Godfather. SMWW Faculty

9:15am The fastest way to a job in sports is thru the Sales, Events, & Sponsorship department
Greg Hylton, Indianapolis Colts, VP Premium Seating & Ticket Sales & SMWW Faculty       Larry McQueary, Indy Fuel of the East Coast Hockey League EVP of Sponsorships and Ticket Sales
       Mike Karnuta, Indiana Sports Corporation VP of Business Development

10:15am - Sneaking in the backdoor of a NFL Team thru the Video Department 
       Mike Stoeber, Jacksonville Jaguars Video Department, SMWW Faculty

10:45am NFL Agent Panel:  "Tips to Success in finding Top Draft Picks and Securing Endorsements"Kelli Masters, NFL Agent
Kristen Kuliga - NFL Agent
Joel Corry, former NFL & NBA Agent, Salary Cap Expert

12noon - 1pm Networking Lunch (JW Marriott, Grand Ballroom, Level 3)

1pm The Growing need for Football Analytics 
Mike Tanier, Bleacher Report NFL Lead Writer
Aaron Schatz, Football Outsiders Founder & ESPN Insider
Steve Palazzolo, Pro Football Focus Senior Analyst

2pm Sports Journalism, Media, and Broadcasting Jobs
Brian Clapp, Content Manager
Malcolm Moran, American sportswriter: Newsday, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune and USA Today & IUPUI Sports Capital Journalism Program Director
Doug Farrar, Sports Illustrated NFL Writer

3pm Scouting with the Pros at the NFL Combine
Russ Lande - GM Jr. Scouting, Montreal Alouettes College Scouting Director, Big 10 Network, & SMWW Faculty
Matt Littlefield, NFL Scout
Mark Dominik, ESPN Analyst & former Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM & SMWW Faculty

4pm Keynote:  Adam Schefter

4:45pm Howie Roseman, Philadelphia Eagles EVP of Football Operations (Tentative)

5:15pm Conference 

Saturday, February 27, 2016
7am or 12 noon NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium
For those of you who registered for the conference early and got tickets you may attend the NFL Combine at 7am or 12noon as stated on your ticket. Upon registration you receive instructions on how to apply for tickets. You will be allowed to watch the quarterbacks, tight ends and wide receivers as they are evaluated by the 32 NFL teams. (Tickets now sold out!)

Download a Copy of the 2015 NFL Combine Program Here:


Hotel Rooms:

This conference is being held at the JW Marriott located at 10 South West Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Downtown Indianpolis has many Marriott hotels. Rooms are available at the JW Marriott, but we reccommend you stay at one of these Marriott hotels below as they are connected to the JW Marriott and much less expensive:

SpringHill Suites Downtown 
601 West Washington Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46204


Courtyard Marriott Downtown 
601 West Washington Street Indianapolis, IN
Fairfield Inn and Suites Indianapolis
 501 W Washington St
 Indianapolis, IN 46204
Hotel options within 1.0 mile walking distance of JW Marriott Hotel
Conrad Indianapolis
50 W Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46204
The Westin Indianapolis
50 S Capitol Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
1 S Capitol Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
350 W Maryland St
Indianapolis, IN 46225
Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel 
31 W Ohio St
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Crowne Plaza Indianaplois Downtown Union Station
123 W Louisiana St
Indianapolis, IN 46225
Omni Severin Hotel
40 W Jackson Pl
Indianapolis, IN 46225
Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown
110 W Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46204