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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 145)
Conference Registration includes: 
  • Name badge & credentials 
  • Registration packet
  • All conference sessions,
  • Saturday Networking Lunch
  • Friday Night Welcome Reception

Click here to register for $175.


Conference sessions are at the:

Student Union on the University of Las Vegas Campus 
(On the second level in Ballroom A)

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.)


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

2015 Basketball Career Conference Agenda:

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


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

Questions? Contact workshop@smww.com

2009 Conference Recap & Pictures



 Speakers: (Speakers vary year to year)





Neil Olshey
Portland Trail Blazers GM


Chrysa Chin
NBPA EVP, Strategy & Development


Larry Riley
former Golden State Warriors 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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