It’s almost November, which means we’re about to begin what is now an annual basketball tradition. For the fourth year in a row, the NBA Development League Draft will be conducted entirely via WebEx!

On November 1, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Eastern, all 18 teams will make their picks from the D-League draftee talent pool to boost their 2014-15 season rosters.

D-League Draft FinalInstead of making the teams travel across the country to one place, or attend a long, tedious audio conference call, D-League teams will participate from the comfort of their team offices as if they gathered together in the same room. Through the use of the built-in video conferencing in WebEx each team will link to all the other team representatives and they will see, hear and interact with each other in real-time. By combining all the tools the teams need – voice, video and content sharing – in one place, we’re giving each of the 18 teams the best opportunity for a great draft experience from anywhere in the country.

One of the many cool things about my job is seeing all the fascinating ways customers use Cisco’s products. And it’s especially exciting when I get to see customers use our technology with something everyone is avid about – sports! Whether you are a basketball, baseball or football fanatic, managing a fantasy team, or keeping up with the latest prospects, or watching the up and coming players it is all part of the excitement. Through the use of WebEx conferencing, we get to bring these worlds together even more.

The NBA counts on WebEx to run the D-League draft as efficiently as if everyone is in the same room.  In addition, the NBA D-League simultaneously builds their fan base by giving them the opportunity to
interact via a more direct and personal connection. This year for the first time, the entire Draft will be streamed Live on www.nba.com/dleague.  Fans can interact with studio hosts on social media via #DLEAGUEDRAFT. It’s great for the D-League, great for fans, and it’s an awesome way for Cisco to help people connect and collaborate anytime, from anywhere on any device.

Want to find out more about WebEx?  Check out www.webex.com


Steve Chazin

No Longer with Cisco