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Vegas Summer League Basketball Career Conference

at the 2014 Vegas Summer League Games
in Las Vegas, Nevada
July 2014

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 UNLV Campus.

A SMWW Basketball Career Conference in Sports at the Basketball  Summer League.
Gain valuable insight into a variety of careers from those working at the highest level in basketball! This day long 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; including sports business, athlete representation, scouting, digital video editing, and sports career strategies.

When: Date to be announced
July 2014: Friday night & Saturday to be announced. 

Welcome Reception on Friday night in July. Conference sessions on Saturday from 9am-3pm followed by the Summer League games till 9pm.


Conference sessions are in the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus.


Anyone 16 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.

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 the games.  Additional tickets for extra days may be purchased at the event. 

Information about the 2013 Las Vegas Summer League:

The 2013 Las Vegas Summer League featured the debut of a tournament style schedule that crowned the Golden State Warriors the first ever Summer League Champion on Monday, July 22, 2013. Teams competed in three preliminary round games from July 12-16, 2013 before being seeded in a tournament running through the Championship Game on July 22, 2013. 
(Your one day ticket is included in registration to all these games. See 8 NBA teams play in one day.)


The 22 NBA teams that participated in 2013:

• 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
• Washington Wizards



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.

Networking Opportunities:

One of the advantages of this conference is the ability to network within the industry with 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:

  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. After you register for the conference, one college credit is available here.

Questions can be directed to workshop@smww.com.

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

2013 Speakers: (Note speakers vary from year to year)

Mark Warkentien - New York Knicks Director of Player Personnel
Dr. Lynn Lashbrook - SMWW President & NFL Agent
Bret Kanis - NBA Agent
Scotty Stirling - former New York Knicks GM & former Sacramento Kings Head Scout
Brian Hagen - Chicago Bulls Assistant GM
Irving Roland - Phoenix Suns Player Development Coach
Sean Kiely - Portland Trail Blazers Basketball Operations Information Assistant
Brian Wheeler - Portland Trail Blazers Radio Play-By-Play
Frank Burlison - NBA Scout, Burlisononbasketball.com
Ed Gregory - former NBA General Manager
Chris Denker - Net Scouts Basketball Managing Partner & Director of Scouting
Carl Berman - Net Scouts Basketball Managing Partner
James Kerti - Premierball National Scout and Managing Editor
AJ Mitnick - Maccabi Rishon Lezion Coach and Head Scout and International Basketball Columnist for Sheridanhoops.com
Amin Elhassan - NBA Analyst/Writer for ESPN.com
Josh Keith Url - Synergy Sports Technology & SMWW
Loretta Abrams - President of Women's American Basketball Association
Jim Krause - former Division 1 Coach and Basketball Author
Jim Paxson - Chicago Bulls Director of Basketball Operations (tentative)
Jan Wieland - FIBA Agent & International Basketball Expert
and more!
 Attendees will be emailed a tenative schedule on Monday, July 15th, 2013

Language: All conference sessions will be in English


Registration for 2014 will be available in May 2014:
Here is 2013 to give you an idea of prices.

Online Registration:
(includes conference sessions, welcome reception, and all day game ticket on Saturday, July 20th, 2013).

General Public: $300  Click here

Students: $250 Click here

Team Employees, SMWW Agents & registered NBAPA agents: $200 Click here

(Conference Fee does not include hotel accommodations)

Where to stay: 

Discounted rooms at the Embassy Suites by Hilton are available when you use the discount code SMWW. Located across the street from UNLV campus where the NBA Summer League Games are played. Includes scheduled shuttle service to McCarran International Airport and Las Vegas Strip, free cooked-to-order breakfast and nightly Manager’s Reception with complimentary drinks and appetizers.

Embassy Suites Las Vegas
4315 Swenson Street
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89119


Phone: 702-795-2800 

Click here to reserve now online


2012 Basketball Career Conference Agenda:
(Note this is 2012 agenda. Each year is similar but speakers vary.)

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 20th, 2012:
(Thomas & Mack Arena Conference Room-Redd Room)

7pm-9:00pm Registration is open. Welcome Reception with no host cocktails
(Nacho Bar, Sliders, Fruit, and Hot Dog/Chili Dog Bar provided)
7:00pm - 9:00pm Networking with special guests and conference attendees
8:15pm Darren Matsubara, Wasserman Media Group

Saturday, July 21st , 2012:
(Thomas & Mack Arena Conference Room - Redd Room)

8am Registration opens

8:25am - Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President Welcome

8:30am Sports Broadcasting & Journalism Panel
Brian Wheeler, Portland Trail Blazers Play by Play Announcer

Kevin Arnovitz - ESPN.com NBA Writer & TrueHoop Editor

9:15am Basketball Operations Panel:
Chad Buchanan - Portland Trail Blazers Director of College Scouting
Michael Born - Portland Trail Blazers Director of NBA Scouting

10:00am Women in Professional Basketball
Denise Booth - Los Angeles Clippers Director of Community Relations & Player Programs |
Debbie Spander, Spander Digital Sports & Entertainment

Beth Hancock - Portland Trail Blazers Executive Asst to the GM
Alexis Levi - "First African American Woman to be GM of a Mens Professional Basketball Team, the Las Vegas Stars"

10:30am  Sports Agency, Financial & Salary Cap
Marc Cornstein, Founder & President of Pinnacle Management 
Clients include: Samuel Dalembert, Beno Udrih, Aleksandar Pavlovic, Hamed Haddadi, and Darko Milicic
Marc Isenberg, Author of MoneyPlayers 

11:15am "How to Get your Start in Professional Basketball"
Mark Warkentien, New York Knicks Director of Pro Player Personnel
"2009 NBA Executive of the Year"

12pm-1pm Box Lunch Served ( included in event fee)

1pm Video Coordinator Panel
Raman Sposato - Los Angeles Clippers Video Coordinator
Blaine Patterson - XOS Digital

1:45pm Scouting Panel
Carl Berman, NetScouts Basketball 
Chris Denker, NetScouts Basketball
Ed Gregory, former Golden State Warriors GM
Frank Burlison, Burlison On Basketball.com
Scotty Stirling, Sacramento Kings Director of Scouting
Gar Forman, Chicago Bulls GM

Summer League Games in two gyms side by side:
Saturday July 21 (Tickets are included in registration)
• COX Pavilion
1 PM -- Portland vs. Miami
3 PM -- Dallas vs. San Antonio
5 PM -- NBA D-League vs. Minnesota
7 PM -- Memphis vs. Phoenix
• Thomas & Mack
3:30 PM -- Golden State vs. New Orleans
5:30 PM -- Chicago vs. LA Clippers
7:30 PM -- Milwaukee vs. Boston

Questions? Contact workshop@smww.com

2009 Conference Recap & Pictures



 Past Speakers:

(Speakers vary year to year)

Kevin Pritchard
Portland Trail Blazers GM

Mark Warkentien
Denver Nuggets GM
"2009 NBA Executive of the Year"

David Griffin
Phoenix Suns Senior VP Basketball Ops

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


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


Bob MacKinnon
Colorado 14ers
"2009 NBA D-League Champions"

Paul Epstein
Los Angeles Clippers Inside Sales Manager

David Mondress
BDA Sports Agency VP

Joe Newman
Joe Newman

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