2019 Basketball Career Conference in Las Vegas

July 6-7, 2019

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 July 7th-8th, 2019 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.



Information about the 2019 Basketball Career Conference in Las Vegas :

Saturday, July 6th: 5-7pm

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, July 7th: 9am-4pm

University of Nevada, Las Vegas Student Union
(10 minute walk from the Thomas & Mack & Cox Pavillion - Summer League Games)
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119

Basketball Career Conference sessions will take place on the campus of UNLV 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.


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 2019. (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


Registration Now Open:

Conference Registration includes:  

  • Name badge & credentials 
  • Registration packet
  • All conference sessions
  • Sunday Networking Lunch (Lunch included!)
  • Saturday Night Welcome Reception - Meet sports executives, SMWW Staff, and speakers. (First drink and appetizers included!)


General Admission:  $200

College Students, Faculty & SMWW Alumni:  $125

Team, Agency Employees & SMWW Agents:  $175


** Please note, conference fee does not include hotel accommodations

Walk-up registrations will not be accepted. Please register online in advance.


Conference Agenda:

Speakers are not guaranteed. We are aggressive in seeking out the best possible panelists and are always successful booking the industries best. 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 2018 Agenda as an example.

2018 SMWW Basketball Career Conference

Note: below is the agenda from 2018. We share this to give you an idea of what the day is like. Speakers will be different but the topics will be similar. The 2019 conference agenda will be constantly changing up until the week of the event. We work our speakers and panels around their team meetings. Team meetings are scheduled one week prior to the event. However, you can keep checking back as we add speakers. We always have a great schedule. You will love it!


Saturday: 5:00-7:00pm SMWW Welcome Reception

Bahama Breeze, 375 Hughes Center Dr, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

Sunday: SMWW Career Conference:

​​UNLV Student Union, 2nd Floor 4505 Maryland Parkway, Paradise, Nevada 89154

7:30am Registration Opens (Coffee provided)

8:00am Welcome & Opening Remarks

8:15am How Money Talks

Joel Corry, CBSsports.com “The Agent’s Take” and SMWW Mentor

9:00am The Life of a Sports Agent

Bret Kanis, Hightower Law Firm NBA Agent/SMWW Mentor
Jan Wieland, Blacktop Management FIBA Agent
David Mondress, BDA Sports Management Group NBA Agent

10:00am Breaking into Professional Basketball

John Ross, Portland Trail Blazers Personnel Video Coordinator/SMWW Alum
Carl Berman, NetScouts Basketball Managing Partner
Mike Shedd, Dallas Mavericks Head Video Coordinator
Dr. Jim Krause, President Winning Sports Programs/SMWW Mentor

11:00am 1-on-1 with Brian Hagen

Brian Hagen, Chicago Bulls Assistant General Manager

Noon Networking Lunch

Q&A with Matt Youmans, Vegas Stats & Information Network Editor

1:00pm 1-on-1 with Mark Carmony , CSE Talent President.

Agent to Professional Athletes, Coaches, GMs and Media Personalities

1 :30pm Opportunities in the NBA G-League and International Basketball

Bob Mackinnon, Texas Legends Head Coach
Martin Knezevic, FIBA/NBA G-League Coach/SMWW Alum

2: 15pm The Changing Media Landscape in Sports

Amin Elhassan, ESPN Commentator
Ray LeBov, Basketball Intelligence Founder and Publisher
Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated NBA Draft Analyst

3: 15pm How Analytics is Changing the Scouting Game

James Brocato, Dallas Mavericks Director of Basketball Analytics
Tommy Balcetis, Denver Nuggets Director of Basketball Strategy and Analytics
Somak Sarkar, New Orleans Pelicans Basketball Operations Analyst

4:00pm Chad Buchanan, Indiana Pacers General Manager

4:30pm Closing Remarks





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