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Vegas Summer League Basketball Career Conference

Basketball Career Conference

the Vegas Summer League Games
July 17-18, 2015, Las Vegas, Nevada
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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.


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
Friday & Saturday, July 17-18, 2015 
Friday, July 17, 2015 7:30pm- 9:30pm:
SMWW Welcome Reception at the legendary Hofbrauhaus off the Las Vegas strip. An Authentic Bier Garden in the heart of Vegas to get the party started! (Walking distance to UNLV Campus and NBA Summer League Games.) Join us for some fabulous networking and get to know our speakers and attendees.

Saturday, July 18, 2015 9am-4pm:
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, 2015 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.)


NBA Teams:
• 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: (Space is limited to 125)
Conference Registration includes: 
  • Name badge & credentials 
  • Registration packet
  • All conference sessions,
  • Saturday Networking Lunch
  • Friday Night Welcome Reception

Click here to register for ONLY $125 before June 30, 2015


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.


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 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

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. 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


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.

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.

Hotel Rooms:
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
Phone: 702-795-2800
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:
7:30pm-9:30pm 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
Jeff Morander, Executive VP of Tickets Sales, NHL Coyotes and formerly with NBA & WNBA

9:30am Opportunities are Bouncing in the NBA Development League
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)

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


Questions? Contact workshop@smww.com

2009 Conference Recap & Pictures



 Speakers: (Speakers vary year to year)





Neil Olshey
Portland Trail Blazers GM







Marc Stein, ESPN











Gar Forman
Chicago Bulls GM







Dr. Lynn Lashbrook
Sports Agent



Joel Corry
Salary Cap Expert


Mark Warkentien
NY Knicks Director of Player Personnel

David Griffin
Cleveland Cavaliers GM

Scotty Stirling
Sacramento Kings Head Scout

Brian Wheeler
Voice of the NBA Play by Play announcer

Brian Wheeler
Solly Laniado
Sports Attorney
Tel Aviv, Israel
(Omri Caspi, NBA Sacramento Kings)

Tom McCarthy Beijing International Group

Ed Gregory
Ed Gregory
Former Golden State Warriors GM

Frank Burlison
Basketball Analyst



Josh Keith-Url





James Kerti
NBA Scout


Synergy Sports
Synergy Sports Technology
(Digital Video Editing for most NBA Teams)

Paul Epstein
Los Angeles Clippers Inside Sales Manager

David Mondress
BDA Sports Agency VP

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