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Vegas Summer League Basketball Career Conference
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:
SMWW Welcome Reception (location TBA)
Saturday, July 18, 2015 9am-3pm:
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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. G. 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
(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.
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.
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2009 Conference Recap & Pictures