2016 Vegas Summer League Basketball Career Conference

July 8-9, 2016
Basketball Career Conference at the Vegas Summer League Games
Las Vegas, Nevada

See 8 NBA teams in one day!

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.

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.



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
  • Basketball Scouting & Analytics
  • Digital Video Editing
  • Event Management
  • Sports Communications & Media Relations
  • Sports Journalism & Broadcasting
  • Career Strategies from those that do the hiring

Details: (2016 information to be added as it becomes available.)

Friday, July 8th, 2016

7:30pm- 9:30pm:
SMWW Welcome Reception at a location to be announced.  Join us for some fabulous networking and get to know our speakers and attendees.

Saturday, July 9th, 2016

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.

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 on your own.)


NBA Teams: (This list is from 2015. Teams for 2016 will be announced at a later date.)

  • Atlanta Hawks
  • Boston Celtics
  • Brooklyn Nets
  • Chicago Bulls
  • Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Dallas Mavericks
  • Denver Nuggets
  • Golden State Warriors
  • Houston Rockets
  • L.A. Lakers
  • Miami Heat
  • Milwaukee Bucks
  • Minnesota Timberwolves
  • NBA D-League Select
  • New Orleans Pelicans
  • New York Knicks
  • Philadelphia 76ers
  • Phoenix Suns
  • Portland Trail Blazers
  • Sacramento Kings
  • San Antonio Spurs
  • Toronto Raptors
  • Utah Jazz
  • Washington Wizards

Registration: Early Bird special thru May 31, 2016 

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

Conference Registration includes: 

  • Name badge & credentials 
  • Registration packet
  • All conference sessions,
  • Saturday Networking Lunch
  • Friday Night Welcome Reception

General Admission: $225

Student Admission: $200



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

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



Conference sessions are at:

University of Las Vegas Campus
Stan Fulton Building 

4505 S. Maryland Pkwy 
Las Vegas, NV   89154
(Located on the corner of Swenson Street and Flamingo Road) 

Games are held at:

Thomas & Mack Center 
Cox Pavillion
Located on the campus of the
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
(Note: We recommend the single day pass)

Who Should Attend?

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 may attend at a discount.

Why You Should Attend

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

Networking Opportunities

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 sports. However, for those of you who are in college and would like transferable credits 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 2015 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

Hotel Options:

These are some of the options off the strip and within walking distance to UNLV - the host of the Conference and Summer League Games

Embassy Suites Las Vegas
4315 Swenson Street, Las Vegas

Hyatt Place Las Vegas
4520 Paradise Road, Las Vegas

Silver Sevens Hotel and Casino
4100 Paradise Road, Las Vegas

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
4455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas

La Quinta Inn and Suites
3970 Paradise Road, Las Vegas

Tuscany Suites and Casino
255 E Flamingo Road



(2016 information to be added as it becomes available.)

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 17th, 2015:
7:30pm-9:30pm Networking Welcome Reception
Join fellow attendees, speakers, and honored guests of SMWW at legendary Hofbrauhaus off the Las Vegas strip. Registration open.

Saturday, July 18th , 2015:
8am Registration opens at the UNLV Student Union Ballroom A
(Bagels & Coffee)
8:25am - Welcome & Opening Remarks
Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President

8:30am Behind the Scenes with Basketball Operations
Herb Livsey, Denver Nuggets Scout
Ben Tenzer, Denver Nuggets Director of Basketball Operations
Irving Roland, Phoenix Suns Player Development

9:30am Sports Agency - Recruiting & Signing Clients in the NBA, NBA D-League and Overseas
Bret Kanis, NBA Agent
Jan Wieland, FIBA Agent
Joel Corry former NBA & NFL Agent - SMWW Faculty

10:30am How to avoid personal financial "fouls" by helping players plan for their future
Erica Coogan, Principal, Moss Adams Wealth Advisors

11am Power Hour with a NBA General Manager
Gar Forman, Chicago Bulls GM

11:45am Networking Lunch (lunch provided)

1pm How to break in and move up in Sports Media
Amin Elhassan - ESPN Insider
John Schuhmann - Senior Writer, NBA.com

1:45pm Strategies to break in and move up in the NBA, WNBA, NCAA
Kreigh Warkentien, UNLV Asst AD
Stephanie Lovingood, Phoenix Suns Activation Manager- Marketing Partnerships

2:15pm The fast growing Basketball Analytics Industry
Dean Oliver, Sacramento Kings Director of Player Personnel and Analytics

3pm Develop your Career in the NBA-D League
Martin Knezevic, Coach, Tijuana Zonkeys, NBA Regional Scout
Tyler Gatlin, Texas Legends, NBA D-League
Nick Mazzella, Los Angeles D-Fenders GM, NBA D-League

3:45pm Career Advice from a NBA Legend in the industry
Larry Riley, former Golden State Warriors GM and Splash Brothers Recruiter

4:30pm The National Basketball Players Association
Chrysa Chin - NBPA Executive Vice President, Strategy & Development
(fondly known as the godmother of the NBA)
read a Sports Illustrated article about Chrysa here...

Summer League Games Quarter Finals:
(Tickets are available at the gate. One ticket allows enterance to all games all day)


Visit the NBA Summer League bracket here
9pm - ? The Las Vegas Strip

Sunday, July 19, 2015
3pm Semi Final Game
5pm Semi Final Game

Monday, July 20, 2015
6pm Championship Game

Download a Copy of the 2015 Summer League Conference Agenda:

Past Speakers (vary from year to year)

  Speakers will be added up to the day of the event. Team meetings, staffing changes and games cause our event to be constantly changing.

  • AJ Mitnick -  Maccabi Rishon Lezion Coach and Head Scout and International Basketball Columnist for Sheridanhoops.com 
  • Alexis Levi, First African American Woman GM of Mens Pro Basketball Team
  • Amin Elhassan – NBA Analyst, Writer for ESPN.com
  • Beth Hancock, Portland Trail Blazers Executive Asst.
  • Bret Kanis – NBA Agent
  • Brian Hagan, Chicago Bulls Asst. GM
  • Brian Wheeler - Portland Trail Blazers Radio Play-By-Play
  • Bruce O'Neil, United States Basketball Academy 
  • Bryan Gates- New Orleans Pelicans Summer League Head Coach
  • Carl Berman - Net Scouts Basketball Managing Director
  • Chad Buchanan – Portland Trail Blazers Director of College Scouting
  • Chris Denker - Net Scouts Basketball Director of Scouting
  • Chris Silva, Oklahoma City Thunder Web Content Manager
  • Daryl Reshaw, Eurobasket Director
  • Dave Babcock – Milwaukee Bucks Director of Player Personnel 
  • David Kahn – Minnesota Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations
  • David Mondress, BDA Sports Agency VP
  • Dean Oliver, Author of Basketball on Paper & Stats Analyst Legend
  • Debbie Spander, Wasserman Media Group VP of Broadcasting
  • Dr. Lynn Lashbrook – President and Founder, Sports Management Worldwide
  • Dr. Jim Krause – Former Division 1 Coach & Basketball Author
  • Ed Gregory - Former NBA front Office Executive, SMWW Faculty 
  • Frank Burlison – Basketball Scout and Analyst, SMWW Faculty 
  • Gar Forman, Chicago Bulls GM
  • Irving Roland – Phoenix Suns Player Development Coach
  • James Kerti, Basketball Scout & HoopsThink.com
  • Jan Wieland – FIBA Agent & International Basketball Expert
  • Jeff Morander - Executive VP of Ticket Sales, NHL & NBA teams
  • Jim Kelly - Dallas Mavericks Scout
  • Jim Paxson – Chicago Bulls Director of Basketball Operations
  • Joel Abelson - Sacramenton Kings Summer League Head Coach
  • Joel Corry - NBA Capologist & CBS Writer for CBSSports.com
  • John Ross, Portland Trail Blazers, Asst. Video Coordinator
  • Josh Url, Synergy Sports Technology
  • Keith Glass – Longtime Agent for NBA Players
  • Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN Truehoop
  • Loretta Abrams – President of Women's American Basketball Association
  • Marc Berman – New York Post, Covers the New York Knicks
  • Marc Isenberg, Author of Money Players
  • Marc Stein – Senior NBA Writer, ESPN
  • Mark Warkentien - New York Knicks Director of Player Personnel 
  • Michael Born, Portland Trail Blazers, Director of NBA Scouting
  • Neil Olshey, Portland Trail Blazers GM
  • Paul Epstein, Los Angeles Clippers Sales Manager
  • Raman Sposato, Detroit Pistons Video Coordinator
  • Scotty Stirling, Sacramento Kings Head Scout
  • Solly Laniado, Sports Attorney, Tel Aviv, Israel represents Omri Caspi
  • Steve Banks, NBA Agent
  • Tina Kunzer-Murphy, UNLV Athletic Director
  • Tom McCarthy, Beijing International Group
  • Tony Luftman - Host on CBS Sports Network


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 StudentServices@smww.com.

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

Internship Interviews

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.