FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is NBA All-Star 2015?

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 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, and the NBA All-Star Game.

The NBA All-Star Game reaches fans in 215 countries and territories in 47 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 and positive impact on underserved populations.

When is the 2015 NBA All-Star Game?

The 2015 NBA All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

What is the NBA's Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Program?

The NBA All-Star Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Program’s mission is to create opportunities for qualified local minority, women-owned and other diverse businesses to participate in NBA All-Star 2015 as suppliers of required goods and services. In conjunction with local community groups and certifying agencies, the NBA will invite local Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) 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 2015 Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Program?

Certified M/WBEs who are located in the five boroughs of the New York area and regularly provide the necessary goods and service must:

  1. Complete and submit the online 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 Supplier Diversity & Inclusion 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.

Who is eligible to participate in the NBA All-Star 2015 Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Program?

Certified M/WBEs who are in the five boroughs of New York City and regularly provide the goods and services needed for NBA All-Star (see below).

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/VisuaOffice 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, Brand Ambassadors, Host, Emcees, etc.)
Gourmet Food ShopsTemporary Fencing
Graphic DesignTemporary Staging, Temporary Bleachers
Hardware SuppliersTemporary Staffing Agencies
IT/Telecomm StaffingTent and Canopy
Janitorial Services, Waste ManagementTrailer/ Motorhomes (for talent and production)
Linen RentalsTransportation - Bus Services
Local Trucking/WarehousingTransportation - Car Service
Make-up Artist and Hair StylistsTransportation - Shuttle Service
MarketingTrophies / Awards
Media BuyingWarehouse Space
Waste 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 2015?

The bidding process for some goods and services will begin as early as July 2014 and continue through the first two weeks of February 2015, peaking in November/December 2014.

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.).

When is the deadline to apply to the NBA All-Star 2014 Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Program?

The deadline is October 22, 2014.