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 Football 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-known 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 that 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 2017 Football 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 age 18 (16-17 if accompanied by an adult).
Why Should You Attend the Football Career Conference?
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 Football 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" 2017 NFL Combine:
*Thirty days prior the conference, those registered, will be sent an invitation for complimentary tickets to the 2017 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday, March 4th, 2017. 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. Early registrants will be given priority. The earlier you register, the better your chances! We recommend you arrange for flights and other transportation to leave no earlier than Saturday, March 4th, 2017 at 4pm.
Please note: This is NOT an opportunity to participate in the combine as an athlete.
** Please note, conference fee does not include hotel accommodations
Walk-up registrations will not be accepted. Please register online in advance.
In the past, entire University Sports Management programs have attended. If you are interested in a group rate please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we can provide group discounts for 5-50 people.
Note: Due to Team Meetings, speakers are not guaranteed and will change. The closer we get to the date, the more accurate the schedule becomes as executives do not yet know their team meeting schedules.
Adam Schefter, ESPN NFL Insider
Ray Farmer, Former Cleveland Browns
Marc Trestman, Baltimore Ravens Offensive Coordinator
Paraag Marathe, San Francisco 49ers President
Tony Khan, Jacksonville Jaguars Senior VP of Football Technologies
Mark Dominik, ESPN Analyst 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-Pound 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's Career Conference is not affiliated with the NFL.
2017 FOOTBALL CAREER CONFERENCE AGENDA
Speakers, in addition to dates and times, will change but the structure will be smiliar. Information will be updated as it becomes available.
Thursday, March 2nd, 2017
10am - 7pm Registration Open at the JW Marriott, 2nd level by Starbucks
7:30pm-9:30pm 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, March 3rd, 2017 All events at JW Marriott Level 3, 10 S West St, Indianapolis
7:45am Registration opens at the JW Marriott, Grand Ballroom Level 3
8:00am Be in your seats! Welcome and Staff Introductions – Jen Mueller
8:15am The Two Minute Drill with Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President
8:20am Inside the NFL with John WootenJohn 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
9amKeynote: Adam Schefter, ESPN Insider
10:15amSecrets into Breaking into Sports Greg Hylton, Indianapolis Colts, VP Premium Seating & Ticket Sales & SMWW Faculty Jen Mueller, Seattle Seahawks Sideline Reporter
11:15am The Big Business of Football Scouting & Analytics Mike Tanier, Bleacher Report NFL Lead Writer & SMWW Faculty Aaron Schatz, Football Outsiders Founder & ESPN Insider & SMWW Faculty Josh Liskiewitz, Pro Football Focus Analyst & SMWW Alumni Russ Lande, GM Jr. Scouting, Montreal Alouettes Regional Scout, & SMWW Faculty Mike Stoeber, Jacksonville Jaguars Director of Football Technologies, SMWW Faculty
1:30pm NFL & CFL Agent Panel, The Inner Working of the Agent World
Kelli Masters, NFL Agent Kristen Kuliga, NFL Agent Joel Corry, former NFL & NBA Agent, Salary Cap Expert, and SMWW Faculty Ray Haija, SMWW CFL Director & SMWW Alumni
2:45pmThe Agent - GM - Player Relationship Mike Tannenbaum, Miami Dolphins Executive Vice President, Football Operations Lynn Lashbrook, NFL Agent & SMWW President
4:00pmInside the NFL with former GM & ESPN Insider
Mark Dominik, ESPN Analyst & former Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM & SMWW Faculty
4:45pm Closing Remarks
5pm - 6pm Networking Happy Hour
Saturday, March 4th, 2017
7:00am or 12:00pm NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium
For those of you who registered for the conference early and received tickets, you may attend the NFL Combine at 7am or 12pm as stated on your ticket. Upon registration, you will 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. You are not guaranteed you will get into the NFL Combine.
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 a one-page letter explaining why you should receive a scholarship to email@example.com.
Scholarships do not include lodging or airfare. Those who have completed an SMWW Training Program will be given preference.
What to Expect at the Football Career Conference
Information will be updated as it becomes available.
SMWW Welcome Reception - Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 7:30pm-9:30pm
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.
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 speaker's 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 of 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!
This conference is being held at the JW Marriott located at 10 South West Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Downtown Indianapolis has many Marriott hotels:
Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown
110 W Washington St
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
Fairfield Inn and Suites Indianapolis
501 W Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46204
SpringHill Suites Downtown
601 West Washington Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46204
If you are truly looking for a career in the sports management field or are looking to become an NFL agent or scout then this career conference is a definite must. Wealth of information and tremendous line of speakers.
University of Florida
As someone who has wanted to work in the NFL, this conference gave me the opportunity to finally talk to real scouts, agents, GM’s and other front office personnel about how to make my jump to the next level.
University of Nebraska
This was a great start for my career. I have learned the ins and outs of the sports industry in just a few days, and I know there is more to come. This is a great learning experience and I expect to be back in the future to further my sports dreams
I came to the conference hoping to learn the next steps of my career. The conference not only helped me out with networking, but also helped to craft a realistic strategy for success.
President, Graylon Cole, Ltd.
I recommend this conference to anyone considering an athletic career. The speakers and the information are fantastic.
Fort Worth, TX
The SMWW conference is an amazing opportunity to listen and talk to individuals in the sports world, ranging from NFL legends and agents, to current coaches.
If you want to work in the NFL, this conference is for you. SMWW provides various courses for different career paths in the world of sports.
Shedrick Crosby, Sr.
The SMWW conference offered a plethora of information from pro players and those who work in the business side of NFL and the sports arena. Great event and very fortunate to attend