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NBA's Tech Summit Shines As Most Exclusive Event At All-Star Weekend

Friday's NBA Technology Summit -- a "who's-who of basketball insiders and influential executives" -- is the "toughest, most exclusive ticket to get" at All-Star Weekend, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY. The annual summit is "invite-only and limited to about 500 people." USA Basketball CEO Jim Tooley: "It's the best event of the weekend and most relevant." The NBA "won’t say how many credentials each team gets, but based on attendance from certain teams, it’s about four or five." Credentials also are "given to league partners, players, former players, agents, NBA insiders and executives of tech companies." It is an "off-the-record event for media though certain details are released." Sessions this week include the following:

  • The first panel is on "Stakeholders and Change: Navigating Today’s Leadership Challenges," moderated by CNN's Poppy Harlow. Celtics Managing Partner Steve Pagliuca and Kings co-Owner & Vice Chair Paul Jacobs are among the panelists.
  • CNN's Wolf Blitzer will moderate “What’s on Next? The Future of Streaming Media” with Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban and Knicks Owner James Dolan.
  • Fortune Exec Editor Adam Lashinsky will "conduct a one-on-one" with Amazon CEO Andy Jassy.
  • CNN's John King will lead "Talking About My Generation: Content in an Age of Personalization," featuring Magic Johnson, Knicks branding consultant Steve Stoute and Nets Owner Joe Tsai.
  • Kings Owner & Chair Vivek Ranadive is on the final panel with Thunder G Chris Paul, Mavericks G Luka Doncic, WNBA Sparks F Candace Parker, Charles Barkley, ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro and WarnerMedia News & Sports Chair Jeff Zucker (USA TODAY, 2/12).