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Baseball Career Conference at the Baseball Winter Meetings

What: Baseball Career Conference hosted by Sports Management Worldwide

When: December 2-3, 2012

Where: Radisson Hotel at Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee

The goal of the Baseball Career Conference is to provide members of the sports industry an opportunity to work with and learn from leading industry experts regarding the representation of athletes and the challenges of operating professional teams, leagues, facilities and media outlets.  Anyone 16-years-old or older working on the business side of baseball or wanting to work in baseball is welcome to attend.

Tentative List of Speakers

  • Stan Kasten,  former President of the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals and the current president, and part-owner, of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • Pat Gillick – former GM of four Major League Baseball teams including Toronto Blue Jays (1978–1994), Baltimore Orioles (1996–1998), Seattle Mariners (2000–2003), Philadelphia Phillies (2006–2008) Guided two teams to three World Series championships in his career: 1992 and 1993 titles with the Toronto Blue Jays, and a 2008 title with the Philadelphia Phillies.
  • Cory Schwartz, Vice President, Stats, MLB Advanced Media
  • Jayson Stark, ESPN Senior Baseball Writer
  • Rob Neyer, SB Nation National Baseball Editor and well known author
  • Jay Miller, Texas Rangers Senior Vice President
  • Mike Birling, Durham Bulls GM
  • Harold Reynolds – MLB Network Studio Analyst (Invited)
  • Will Carroll, Contributer,
  • Don Welke – Texas Rangers Senior Special Assistant to the GM & Scouting
  • Toney Howell, LA Dodgers, Special Assistant to the General Manager
  • Larry D’Amato, former scout for Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, NY Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Cincinnati Reds
  • Maury Brown, Biz of Baseball & SMWW Faculty
  • Tony Ciccolella, MLBPA Agent
  • Jeff Gray – Minnesota Twins Pitcher
  • Tracy Ringolsby – Baseball America and Hall of Fame baseball writer in his 37th year covering MLB is a co-founder of Baseball America, and is in his fourth year as analyst for Colorado Rockies games on Root Sports.
  • Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President
  • Ryan Latham, Seattle Mariners Account Executive & SMWW Alumni
  • Michael Lawlor, Boston Red Sox Fan Services
  • Mark Smith, Oakland A’s Minor League Video Coordinator & SMWW Alumni

Cost: General Admission ($225 before October 31; $250 after); College Students, SMWW Alumni & Faculty ($135 before October 31; $150 after); and Team and Agency Employees ($125 before October 31; $150 after).  Click here for more information and to register for the event.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.