FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is NBA All-Star 2014?

NBA All-Star is a weeklong basketball celebration that brings together the world’s most talented and passionate athletes before a global audience. It is one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year and features a full slate of events designed to make the host city the basketball capital of the world, including the NBA Rising Stars Challenge and NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on NBA All-Star Friday, NBA All-Star Saturday Night skills competitions, the NBA All-Star Game and NBA All-Star Jam Session (“Jam Session”).

Jam Session is a basketball theme park open to the public and devoted to fans of all ages. It features more than 500,000 square feet of interactive events and attractions, appearances by NBA players and legends, celebrity events, merchandise sales and much more. Jam Session’s Center Court hosts the NBA All-Star East and West team practices, the NBA Development League All-Star Game and the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.

The NBA All-Star Game reaches fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages. Additionally, hundreds of members of the international media converge on the host city to provide firsthand coverage of NBA All-Star.

Finally, as part of NBA All-Star, the NBA works closely with the local community to conduct hands-on service activities designed to leave a lasting, positive impact on underserved populations in the host community.

When is the 2014 NBA All-Star Game?

The 2014 NBA All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at the New Orleans Arena.

What is the NBA's Vendor Diversity Program?

The NBA All-Star Vendor Diversity Program’s mission is to create opportunities for qualified local minority, women-owned and other diverse businesses to participate in NBA All-Star 2014 as suppliers of required goods and services. In conjunction with local community groups and certifying agencies, the NBA will invite local MWBEs to register for the program. Qualified applicants will be included in the program’s vendor guide, which will be made available to the NBA’s internal business units and partners. This guide will be the central source for the NBA and its partners in seeking locally supplied goods and services.

How do I enroll in the NBA All-Star 2014 Vendor Diversity Program?

Certified MWBEs, who are located in the Greater New Orleans area and regularly provide the necessary goods and service must:

1. Complete and submit the on-line application; and

2. Submit proof of certification with matching NAISC code as a M/WBE by email to: nbavendordiversity@nba.com or by fax to 201-590-3325.

What type of certification is needed to participate in the Vendor Diversity Program?

Vendors must be certified as an M/WBE by one of the independent agencies approved by the NBA. Information on certifying agencies is available by clicking on Certifying Agencies. (Insert hyperlink)

Who is eligible to participate in the NBA All-Star 2014 Vendor Diversity Program?

Certified M/WBEs who are in the Greater New Orleans area and regularly provide the goods and services (see below) needed for NBA All-Star.

Once I complete the application, what happens next?

All completed applications will be reviewed. Once a completed application is submitted, the vendor will receive a response. Approved vendors will receive a confirmation email and their information will be included in the program’s online vendor guide.

What types of goods and services are typically procured for NBA All-Star?

See below for a list of the goods and services that are most commonly sourced for NBA All-Star. It is important to note that if your business does not regularly provide any of these services, the application will not be approved.

List of Goods and Services

Advertising /Public RelationsOffice Machines/ Rental (Copiers, Fax, Safes, etc.)
Audio / VisualOffice Supplies
Awning and CanopyOffice Trailers
Barricade / Bike Rack RentalsParking Facility / Valet Service
Carpet and FlooringParty Rental (Pipe, Drape, Chairs, Tent, etc.)
CateringPhotocopying (off-site)
Construction (Light Carpentry)Photography
CostumesPlant Rentals
Courier ServicePort-o-Johns
Dry CleanersPrinting (Large Format) – Banners, Signs
Employment Services - Temporary StaffingPrinting (Small Format) – Signs, Invitations
Entertainment (Clowns, Jugglers, Novelty Acts, Magicians)Production Agencies / Production Staging
Event DécorPromotional Products
Event Equipment Rentals (Lifts, Lulls, Fuel, etc.)Props and expendable rentals (Make-Up Mirrors, Wardrobe Racks, Steamers, Directors Chairs, etc.)
Event Lighting / Lighting DesignRecycling Services
Event ManagementRope & Stanchion / Tenabarrier Rental
Event Rental / Party Rentals (Tables, Chairs, Linens)Security Services
First Aid/ MedicalShipping / Trucking
FloristSpecial Event Portable Power (Generation, Labor, Distribution)
Furniture RentalsSporting Goods Store
Gifts (Items and Baskets)Tailor
Golf Cart RentalsTalent Agency (DJ's, Bands, Host, Emcees, etc.)
Gourmet Food ShopsTemporary Fencing
Graphic DesignTemporary Staging, Temporary Bleachers
Hardware SuppliersTent and Canopy
IT/Telecomm StaffingTrailer/ Motorhomes (for talent and production)
Janitorial Services, Waste ManagementTransportation - Bus Services
Linen RentalsTransportation - Car Service
Local Trucking / WarehousingTransportation - Shuttle Service
Make-up artist and Hair stylistsTrophies / Awards
MarketingWarehouse Space
Media BuyingWaste Removal

If my business provides products or services that can support the NBA's All-Star "Greening" initiatives how can I present this information?

The Vendor Application has a specific section for information on green products or services. Please complete this information prior to submitting the application.

When does the NBA begin the bid process for NBA All-Star 2014?

The bidding process for some goods and services will begin as early as June 2013 and continue through the first two weeks of February 2014, peaking in November/December 2013.

Once a vendor is selected to provide goods/services, the vendor must enter into a formal contract with the appropriate NBA entity and that contract will contain the NBA’s standard terms and conditions (e.g., insurance requirements, indemnity obligations use of NBA IP, etc.).

What is the deadline to apply to the NBA All-Star 2014 Vendor Program?

The deadline is October 1, 2013.