A TRADITION OF GROOMING TOP SPORTS BUSINESS TALENT

Over the last 14 years, the NBA Summer League has been a premier feeding ground for the next wave of not only players, but future executives and coaches as well.

VSL Properties, founders of the Las Vegas Summer League have assisted in placing over 40 young professionals with front office, coaching, agency, and league positions throughout the sports business world.

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Dave Dufour | High School Basketball Coach | Tuscon, AZ

“I think if you quit trying to grow and you quit trying to learn you’re never going to get anywhere and I’m trying to keep moving forward, so I saw this as a way to learn from the best in the industry. The Sports Business Classroom has been the experience of a lifetime. The amount of insight I’ve gained, the networking, the contacts, and just the really fantastic people that we’ve had an opportunity to hear from, meet, and learn from has been indescribable.  Unless you are a real NBA nerd, you probably don’t know who a lot of people that we’ve met. And you probably wouldn’t understand the finer points of advanced analytics. But I will tell my piers that this has been a transformational experience for me. To be inside the way that we’ve been has opened my eyes to a lot of possibilities.  Anyone interested in getting a position in a front office with an NBA team should come to this program. I can’t imagine there’s a better program out there where you’re going to meet more people, and be in front of more people, and more importantly more people are going to meet you.  We’re right in the middle of Summer League, and everyone who’s anyone in the NBA is right here in Vegas at the Thomas and Mack Arena. I guess this is what it must feel like to be in a front office on game day, but it’s been every single day we’ve been here. It’s been incredible. It’s impossible to beat this.”

 

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Kyle Bates | Army Veteran | Springfield, VA

“I’ve been a hoops junky all my life and so as I was coming to the end of my service I was trying to find the next career for myself. This was an opportunity that caught my eye and I really tried to go full board in to it. It’s a relationship business and so getting to meet some of the most influential actors in the NBA is pretty awesome. We were able to sit with the scouts during games and really watch the game through their eyes. It gave great insight into the lingo and some of the intricacies that they’re looking for.  Everyone has been super helpful and I think it just goes to show the kind of respect that Larry Coon, Eric Pincus, and Nate Duncan garner throughout the league. The people they brought in to speak really opened up to the group. I didn’t quite know what to expect coming into this experience but I couldn’t have asked for anything better.”

 

 

 

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Amit Barot | IT Consultant | Irvine, CA

“If you want to understand the business of basketball from analytics, to the salary cap, there’s no better place then the Sports Business Classroom. For me it was my first step in exploring the opportunities in the sports business world. After this week I definitely see this as a possible career for myself. From the curriculum to the access that you get, to meeting all these NBA personnel to just the overall atmosphere here, it’s a natural high. The highlight of the week was meeting Commissioner Adam Silver. It just seems like a very knit family. We met Adrian Wojnarowski, and then we met some of the coaches like Rick Carlisle and Mike D’Antoni. It has been amazing to get their perspective on breaking into the league.  The biggest thing expressed in this program is the importance of building relationships, putting yourself out there, and following your passion. So if you love basketball this is the place to be.”

 

 

 

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Joey Leifer | Student | San Diego State University

“The Sports Business Classroom was easily one of the most special weeks of my life. I will forever be grateful for the experience and for instilling in me the belief that one day I can also make it somewhere in the basketball world. My friends from home literally could not believe it when I told them about all the incredible people I got to interact and connect with. I can also confidently say that SBC introduced me to some people that I will be friends with for the rest of my life.”

 

 

 

 

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Derrick Allmond | Student | University of West Virginia

“When I got the email from my school about Sports Business Classroom I knew that I had to go, it was as simple as that; attending the Sports Business Classroom was one of the best and most beneficial decisions I made. The Sports Business Classroom gave me a new perspective on things I needed to do and provided me with the knowledge on things exceeding simply the NBA, such as important information on resume building and interviewing, all things that I feel are the general things that we need.  My biggest takeaway is that honesty, passion, and dedication will take you a long way. As soon as I get home I know that everyone is going to ask me a lot of questions and I’m going to tell them that this has unlocked my mind in a whole new way, and when I go back to school I’m looking to take all this knowledge back with me. I will tell all my friends to definitely make this experience happen by any means necessary because it is far worth it.”

 

 

 

Tim Moungey | Public Relations | Las Vegas, NV

“The Sports Business Classroom has been a fantastic opportunity to gain access to a lot of high-level people that you would normally have to go through layers and layers of hard work and networking to get to. The NBA is very much a relationship-based business, and the biggest takeaway for me has been the emphasis on honesty and being true to yourself. My ultimate career goal would be to become a GM; I think this will help me get there just through the connections that I’ve made and the people I’ve met.This program has allowed me to start getting my name out there and hopefully I’ll be able to utilize these connections and things I’ve learned to eventually get my foot in the door somewhere. As cliché as it is, it literally is a once in a lifetime experience. I’ve had a few friends who have asked me would you recommend it and I say absolutely!”

 

 

 

Tyler Penix | Youth Basketball Coordinator | Malibu, CA

“The Sports Business Classroom was a truly invaluable experience, and I never in my life imagined that I would have the opportunity to meet so many of the people who have influenced my life. From the courses to the speakers that the program provided access to, it was all first class—outstanding. I can’t say enough about what you have put together for students like myself, and I will absolutely be recommending it to people in the future.”