2022 Basketball Career Conference in Las Vegas

July 2022

Las Vegas, Nevada

Taking place as Vegas becomes the heart of the basketball universe during Basketball Exposure Camps and Summer League Games!

Get informed and inspired at Sports Management Worldwide's annual Basketball Career Conference in July 2021 in Las Vegas. This is the year to invest in yourself by sharing the same space with some of the biggest names in the basketball industry, learning from their panels, and attending great networking events.

Career-minded individuals who want to advance their career in basketball will:

  • Develop authentic connections with basketball industry experts
  • Gain insight into the latest trends in marketing, scouting, agency, and analytics
  • Discover who is hiring and what you need to know to get hired
  • Receive career guidance from basketball insiders
  • Connect with other basketball career-minded individuals
  • Learn strategies to catapult your basketball career to the next level
  • Ask questions of basketball executives, scouts, media, and more

Be a part of the highest quality discussions regarding basketball careers and industry insights – this is the event to help sharpen your skills! All participants are allowed the opportunity to ask questions and interact with leaders in professional and collegiate basketball.



2019 Featured Speakers
*Speakers are subject to change.

Mark Warkentien
Oklahoma City Thunder Executive
Dean Oliver
NBA Analytics Pioneer
Carl Berman
NetScouts Managing Partner
Joel Corry
Former NFL & NBA Agent and Salary Cap Expert
Jan Wieland
Blacktop Management CEO and Founder
John Ross
Portland Trail Blazers Video Coordinator, SMWW Alum
James Kerti
SMWW Digital Video Editing with Synergy Sports Instructor
Bret Kanis
NBA Agent and Sports Attorney
Ray LeBov
Basketball Intelligence Founder and Publisher
Lynn Lashbrook
President & Founder of SMWW. Certified Sports Agent. Former NCAA Athletic Director.


Information about the 2020 Basketball Career Conference in Las Vegas:

Saturday: 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Bahama Breeze Island Grille (Free parking, less than one mile from Thomas & Mack, off Paradise Road)
Come network in a relaxed island-themed environment with basketball executives, SMWW staff, and other basketball conference attendees. Our welcome receptions are always an exciting time! Everyone there is energized about the conference, engaged in learning from each other, and enjoying a few adult beverages. It's optional… but you really shouldn't miss it!

Sunday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
3960 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119
(13-minute drive from the Thomas & Mack & Cox Pavillion - Summer League Games)

Basketball Career Conference sessions will take place at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas and cover a wide range of topics including sports marketing, agency, basketball scouting, and analytics, digital video editing, event management, media relations, journalism, broadcasting, and more.

4:00 pm

The University of Nevada - Las Vegas
Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion

Summer League Basketball Games are being played at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavillion. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at nbatickets.com. Tickets go on sale in June 2020. (We suggest buying online and in advance to avoid the heat!) 

Please Note: SMWW's Career Conference is not affiliated or in any way connected with the NBA, the NBA Summer League Games, or the NBA G-League.


I learned so much at the SMWW Basketball Career Conference, it was a great experience and an amazing opportunity to network. Being able to interact with professional personnel and team decision-makers inspiring and educational. I feel the knowledge I acquired will lead directly to a sports career. Thank you, SMWW!
- Tara Iguidbashian, University of San Diego


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Conference Agenda:

Speakers are not guaranteed. We are aggressive in seeking out the best possible panelists and are always successful in booking the industries best. The team front office staff changes quickly after the NBA Draft. Team meetings and broadcasting schedules fluctuate throughout the week prior to Summer League and we adjust accordingly. Agendas are similar in format from year to year. Below is the 2019 Agenda, the 2021 agenda will be updated as we get closer to the event.

2019 SMWW Basketball Career Conference

Saturday, July 6th | SMWW Welcome Reception 5pm-7pm
Bahama Breeze, 375 Hughes Center Dr, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

Sunday, July 7th | SMWW Basketball Career Conference
​​Four Seasons Hotel, 3960 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119

8:00 am Registration Opens (Coffee and muffins provided)

8:30 am Welcome & Opening Remarks

8:45 am The Business of Sports Agency
Bret Kanis, Hightower Law Firm NBA Agent, SMWW Mentor
Max Raseni, FIBA Agent (Italy)
Tony Dutt, Dutt Sports Services President 

9:45 am How Money Talks in the NBA
Joel Corry, CBSsports.com “The Agent’s Take”, SMWW Mentor
Eric Pincus, Basketball Insiders NBA Salary Cap Expert; Bleacher Report Los Angeles Lakers Lead Reporter

10:30 am The Changing Landscape in Sports Media
Amin Elhassan, ESPN Commentator
Ray LeBov, Basketball Intelligence Founder and Publisher
Chris Haynes, Yahoo Sports Senior NBA Insider

11:30 am The Growing Industry of Sports Betting
Brett Richey, BlitzPredict CEO

Noon Lunch with Special Guests
Brian Hagen, Chicago Bulls Assistant General Manager
Chad Buchanan Indiana Pacers General Manager (tentative)

1:00 pm The Operations of a Professional Sports Team
James Andrisevic, G-League Northern Arizona Suns Assistant Coach
Chris Taylor, G-League Fort Wayne Mad Ants Director of Basketball Operations
John Ross, Portland Trail Blazers Personnel Video Coordinator, SMWW Alum
Beth Hancock, Portland Trail Blazers Executive Assistant to Basketball Operations

2: 00 pm Basketball’s Statistical Revolution
Ivana Seric, Philadelphia 76ers Data Scientist
Dean Oliver, Pioneer of Basketball Analytics, SMWW Faculty
Ben Zirman, NBA G-League Basketball Operations Statistical Analysis

3: 00 pm Learning the Second Language of Basketball
Mark Silver, Synergy Sports Technology President
Carl Berman, NetScouts Basketball Managing Partner

4:00 pm Closing Remarks with Dr. Lynn Lashbrook and Dr. Jim Krause

Please Note: SMWW's Career Conference is not affiliated or in any way connected with the NBA, the NBA Summer League Games, or the NBA G-League.




Thank you! We will let you know as soon as conference dates are announced!