at the 2015 Vegas Summer League Games
in Las Vegas, Nevada
July 17-18, 2015
The Pro Basketball Summer League is in Las Vegas, Nevada every July. Teams consist of players who have been in the NBA for 3
years or fewer as well as newly drafted talent. It gives Rookies a chance to practice against other players that are new to the NBA. Games are held throughout the ten days at Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the University of Nevada Las Vegas Campus. Tickets are available to the public at the gate each day.
See 8 NBA teams in one day!
Visit Las Vegas as it becomes the basketball capital of the World during the month of July! In addition to the Vegas Summer League Games, NBA teams conduct private workouts for free agents. The NBA Coaches Association holds a Ping-Pong tournament. The NBA league has ownership and Competition Committee meetings. USA Basketball hosts a training session right after the Summer League Games host their Championship.
Note: SMWW’s Career Conference is not affiliated or any way connected with the NBA, the NBA Summer League Games, or the NBA D-League. Games are open to the public without attending the conference here.
The SMWW Basketball Career Conference is held during the Pro Basketball Summer League Games to have access to NBA Executives and to allow attendees to network in the backdrop of professional basketball.
This one day SMWW Basketball Career Conference will give you valuable insight into a variety of careers from those working at the highest level in basketball! This well known career conference offers unique panel discussions and question-answer periods designed to start or advance your career on the business of basketball. The day will be split up into diverse speaker panels:
- Sports Marketing
- Sports Agent
- Digital Video Editing
- Event Management
- Media Relations
- Sports Journalism
- Sports Broadcating
- Career Strategies from those that do the hiring
Friday & Saturday, July 17-18, 2015
Friday, July 17, 2015 7:30pm- 9:30pm:
SMWW Welcome Reception (location TBA)
Saturday, July 18, 2015 9am-3pm:
Conference sessions include keynote speakers and panels. Agency, Scouting, Media & Communications, Marketing, tips and strategies on breaking in and moving up on the business side of Basketball.
Saturday, July 18, 2014 3pm- 9:00pm:
NBA Summer League games till 9pm. Purchase your ticket at the gate. All all day pass includes all games that day. (You are welcome to attend games on Friday and Sunday.)
• Atlanta Hawks
• Charlotte Bobcats
• Chicago Bulls
• Cleveland Cavaliers
• Dallas Mavericks
• Denver Nuggets
• Golden State Warriors
• L.A. Clippers
• L.A. Lakers
• Memphis Grizzlies
• Miami Heat
• Milwaukee Bucks
• Minnesota Timberwolves
• NBA D-League Select
• New Orleans Pelicans
• New York Knicks
• Phoenix Suns
• Portland Trail Blazers
• Sacramento Kings
• San Antonio Spurs
• Toronto Raptors
• Utah Jazz
• Washington Wizards
Players to include:
and many more!
Conference sessions are at the:
Student Union on the University of Las Vegas Campus
Games are held at the:
University of Las Vegas Thomas & Mack & Cox Pavillion
You may purchase tickets here for the days you need!
(Note: We reccommend the single day pass for $25.)
Anyone 18 years or older. This conference is ideal to anyone interested in working or currently working in professional sports, but particularly professional basketball. Attendees currently employed by a team or registered NBAPA agents are invited at a discount due to the fact they might want to skip some panels.
Las Vegas, Nevada will become the center of the basketball universe as NBA executives, scouts, and coaches will gather to network and socialize. Additionally, the NBA Summer League attracts over 3,000 basketball visitors and more than 500 print, television, and radio media members to Vegas. If you want to advance your sports business career, you don't want to miss NBA Summer League.
- Gain top career advice from well known basketball executives
- Network with sports business industry leaders
- Learn from mentors who have been where you are and want to assist you with your career path.
- Insider information to changes in the industry that put your career on the fast track.
- Strategies to catapult your sports career to the next level
- Connect with fellow sports career minded indviduals
- Add experience to your resume
- Get motivated, energized, and inspired to advance your career
- Put yourself in the heart of the action
- Gain confidence and credibility
One of the advantages of this conference is the ability to network within the industry with front office staff from professional teams and fellow basketball minded indviduals. Some work for a team, others are looking to break into the industry. Following their presentations, most speakers chat one on one with attendees. Most attendees come alone, but make many new friends, and peers within the industry. And they return year after year!
College Credit: (optional)
Most attendees are not college students but sports people looking to start or advance their career in professional or collegiate sportsl. However, for those of you who are in college and would like transferable credits (graduate or undergraduate) to your school, one hour of college credit is available.
Tickets to Vegas Summer League games:
An all day pass may be purchased at the gate and includes games in both the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavillion. Games start at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, and 7pm. Your All Day Pass will get you into all 4 games that day. See 8 NBA teams in one day! Additional tickets for extra days may be purchased at the event each day.
Las Vegas Summer League Information:
Twenty-three NBA teams competed in the 2014 NBA Summer League, at the Thomas & Mack Center and COX Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
In addition a team of NBA Development League select players will join the NBA teams. Games are played in a tournament-style format to crown the NBA Summer League Champion. Teams will compete in three preliminary round games before being seeded in a tournament running through the Championship Game. Saturday, July 18, the Elite Eight will play off.
See 8 NBA teams play in one day!
Read about this event:
A review from James Kerti, NBA Scout
Note: The SMWW Basketball Career Conference in not inconjunction with the NBA Summer League. It is held at the same time so that we are close to as many basketball executives who can network and speak to our group.
2014 Speakers: (vary from year to year)
Speakers: Speakers will be added up to the day of the event. Team meetings, staffing changes and games cause our event to be constantly changing.
Mark Warkentien - New York Knicks Director of Player Personnel
Dr. Lynn Lashbrook - SMWW President & NFL Agent
Bret Kanis - NBA Agent
Gar Forman - Chicago Bulls GM
Bryan Gates- New Orleans Pelicans Summer League Head Coach
Brian Wheeler - Portland Trail Blazers Radio Play-By-Play
Jeff Morander - Executive VP of Ticket Sales, NHL & NBA teams
Frank Burlison - NBA Scout, Burlisononbasketball.com
Chris Denker - Net Scouts Basketball Director of Scouting
Carl Berman - Net Scouts Basketball Managing Director
Jim Kelly - Dallas Mavericks Scout
Joel Abelson - Sacramenton Kings Summer League Head Coach
Tony Luftman - Host on CBS Sports Network
Jan Wieland - FIBA Agent & International Basketball Expert
Joel Corry - NBA Capologist & CBS Writer for CBSSports.com
Tina Kunzer-Murphy, UNLV Athletic Director
Conference Registration includes:
Registration: (Space is limited to 125)
- Name badge & credentials
- Registration packet
- All conference sessions,
- Saturday Networking Lunch
- Friday Night Welcome Reception
Register here for ONLY $75 before March 30, 2015
(Conference Fee does not include hotel accommodations)
SMWW will award a limited amount of full and partial scholarships for each SMWW Career Conference. To be considered for a scholarship, you must be 18 years or older. Fill out an application here. Then submit your resume and one page letter describing why you are an ideal candidate to Studentservices@SMWW.com.
Scholarships do not include lodging or airfare. Scholarship applicants who have completed an SMWW training program will be given preference.
SMWW offers sports internship opportunities throughout the year in both our Portland, Oregon and Gloucester, England offices. Visit this page for more information. SMWW conducts interviews at SMWW Career Conferences.
Hotel rooms are available nearby at lower rates at the Embassy Suites, Hyatt Place, Silver Sevens, and Hard Rock.
Embassy Suites is located half a mile from UNLV campus where the NBA Summer League Games are played.
Embassy Suites Las Vegas
4315 Swenson Street
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89119
2014 Basketball Career Conference Agenda:
(Speakers vary from year to year but agenda is similar.)
Speakers are not guaranteed and will change due to their meeting schedules and game schedules. Attendees are welcome to attend the sessions they are interested in and watch NBA Summer League games on and off throughout the day with "in and out" privileges.
Friday, July 18th, 2014:
Networking Welcome Reception
Join fellow attendees, speakers, and honored guests of SMWW.
Saturday, July 19th , 2014:
8am Registration opens
8:30am - Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President - Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:45am Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to Getting that First Job with a Team
9:30am Opportunities are Bouncing in the NBA Development League
Jeff Morander, Executive VP of Tickets Sales, NHL Coyotes and formerly with NBA & WNBA
Joel Abelson, NBA Summer League Head Coach of the Sacramento Kings
Bryan Gates, NBA Summer League Head Coach of the New Orleans Pelicans
10:30am The Changing Landscape of Global Scouting
Frank Burlison, BurlisonOnBasketball.com (one of the most respected men in scouting)
Jim Kelly, Dallas Mavericks Scout
Carl Berman, NetScouts Managing Director
11:30am We are in the Entertainment Business - "Boom Shaka-Laka!"
Brian Wheeler, Portland Trail Blazers Play-by-Play Announcer
Tony Luftman, Host on CBS Network
12pm-1pm Networking Lunch ( included in event fee)
1pm So you want to be a Sports Agent?
Bret Kanis, NBA Agent
Jan Wieland, FIBA Agent & International Basketball Expert
Joel Corry, NBA Capologist & Writer for CBSSports.com
1:45pm Jobs in the NCAA
Tina Kunzer-Murphy, UNLV Athletic Director
2:15pm What makes you different? Why should the NBA hire you?
Mark Warkentien, New York Knicks Director of Pro Personnel
3pm A Day in the Life of the General Manager
Gar Forman, Chicago Bulls GM
Summer League Games Quarter Finals:
(Tickets are available at the gate. One ticket allows enterance to all games all day)
1pm Charlotte Hornets vs. New York Knicks
3pm Atlanta Hawks vs. Houston Rockets
5pm Sacramento Kings vs. Chicago Bulls
7pm San Antonio Spurs vs. Washington Wizards
Visit the NBA Summer League bracket here
9pm - ? The Las Vegas Strip
Sunday, July 20, 2014
3pm Semi Final Game
5pm Semi Final Game
Monday, July 21, 2014
6pm Championship Game
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