BBQ, NFT and Candles – The best in name, image and likeness so far
Every NCAA athlete in the country has had the opportunity to start making money with their name, image and likeness starting July 1.
It was one more step towards getting players all the rights they deserve, but it’s certainly not a replacement for compensating schools and conferences in revenue sharing.
Still, the ability of athletes to have side activities and earn extra cash is not nothing, and it has proven to be the case since they were given NIL rights earlier this month.
Here are some of my favorites (not a full list of offerings) a few weeks after the start of the NIL era.
Owens went straight to the money on July 1 and attended a midnight ceremony with 3 Kings Grooming (a black-owned hair products company) at a New York City hotel at midnight, securing one of the first deals officials of the NIL era.
It seems fitting that someone who plays for Deion Sanders – a guy who would have made a solid coin with his own name, image and likeness at the time – was the first to sign a deal.
Four other Jackson State players have also made deals with the company.
Haley and Hanna Caviinder won’t have to lose money
The Fresno State women’s basketball team twins have 3.4 million followers on TikTok, plus more than 250,000 each on Instagram, and otherwise would have had to wait to monetize their solid social media following.
But on July 1, they signed approval deals with Boost Mobile and Six Star Pro Nutrition, which makes sports supplements.
ON A BILLBOARD IN SQUARE TIME 😭 WHAT IS LIFE … blessed❤️ pic.twitter.com/ZyA4Uim5zB
– Hanna Caviinder (@CaviinderHanna) July 1, 2021
The Caviinders prove that NIL rights are not limited to what male football and basketball players can earn. Visibility in sport is certainly important, but college athletes like the Caviinder twins also have another kind of visibility which is also valuable and, more importantly, they have a right to enjoy it.
FSU QB McKenzie Milton and Miami QB D’Eriq King co-founding an entire NIL platform
Milton and King signed as co-founders of Dream Field, a NIL-based platform focused primarily on booking live events for student-athletes, including autograph sessions, meetups, and speaking engagements. The company is also entering the NFT (non-fungible token) market.
The two quarterbacks will be the public faces of Dreamfield and will recruit other athletes to use the platform. At the time of writing, the asking price for Milton and King is $ 2,000 an hour.
In comparison, Ole Miss QB Matt Corral is asking for $ 10,000 and, most notably, Jonston MacIntyre (a senior with 10 career touchdown passes) from Chapman University (a Division III school of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) is asking. … $ 11,000.
MacIntyre’s asking price is fun on many levels, but you’ll never hear me knocking on his door. Closed mouths are not fed and MacIntyre clearly has an appetite. Get your money, man.
Master P’s son Hercy Miller surpasses seven digits
Miller, who pledged to play basketball in the state of Tennessee, must be on this list simply because of the amount of money he’s going to make. Miller announced on July 1 that he would sign a $ 2 million deal with Web Apps America, the biggest deal an athlete has yet signed.
Hercy Miller, new freshman from Tennessee State and son of Master P, signs an agreement with Web Apps America …
… for $ 2 million 🤯
Miller will be a brand ambassador for the tech company, which is committed to supporting HBCU executives. pic.twitter.com/LRfDyZ27Yf
– Front Office Sports (@FOS) July 2, 2021
Frierson announced on July 6 that he was partnering with the Lomelo Meat Market in town, producing this image (the third):
– GB3 (@ _gbe2) July 6, 2021
Just like the big broadcasters know when to let a great moment in the sport speak for itself, I’ll let this image of him holding butcher’s meats sit with you instead of trying to add whatever. it would be.
Now speaking of Miami …
The U is (working to be) back
Dan Lambert, American Top Team owner and longtime Miami football fan, offered every fellow player (90 in total) on the Miami football team a monthly payment of $ 500 this year to advertise. of its gyms on social networks. American Top Team is the home training center for more than two dozen professional fighters.
ESPN’s Dan Murphy said the deal could be worth up to $ 540,000. And while it’s still not allowed to have a bankroll in varsity track and field, I like that a supporter of the Miami football program tries to get as close as possible.
Lambert told Murphy, “I want to help the kids. I want to reward them for what they do, and I also want a better product on the pitch.”
Kayvon Thibodeaux Partners With Nike Founder Phil Knight For NFT
The potential No.1 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft had one of the coolest and most fitting NIL deals, partnering with Nike founder and Oregon alumnus Phil Knight for an NFT.
The NFT was designed by none other than another Oregon alumnus Tinker Hatfield, a legend for his Air Jordans 3-15 designs.
– kayvon thibodeaux (@ kayvonT8) July 6, 2021
Hatfield said the art was drawn entirely by hand on his iPad. It’s impressive, but not shocking, considering he created a few of my personal favorites: the white cement Air Jordans 3 and 4. The man’s creative genius knows no bounds.
Arkansas WR Trey Knox and his dog in partnership with PetSmart
At the very least, Knox had the cutest deal during the early NIL era of college football with his dog, Blue, and PetSmart.
We have our first NCAA dog offering
Arkansas WR Trey Knox and his Husky, Blue, have signed an agreement with PetSmart.
“I’ve always been proud to be an Arkansas football player, but just as proud to be a dog dad.” pic.twitter.com/lta1J6flae
– Front Office Sports (@FOS) July 1, 2021
The dogs are always happy, Knox gets paid, and Blue gets treats. Everyone wins.
Marshall OL Will Ulmer III Can Finally Do Something Normal Students Can
Ulmer announced that he would perform live shows using his own name (he previously used the pseudonym “Lucky Bill”), offering his musical talents to venues and any other interested parties.
Now that the NCAA allows it, I will be playing gigs this year as Will Ulmer !! I am open to all places and business opportunities !! DM if interested, let’s make some music🎶 pic.twitter.com/iniLdoz2ye
– Will Ulmer (@UlmerWill) July 1, 2021
The Ulmer Accord is a good example of the disconnect that existed when college athletes did not have NIL rights. For example, music and art students, who can also benefit from scholarships like athletes, have always had the opportunity to earn money through their work.
It never made sense that the athletes were the only ones who didn’t have the same opportunities, and what’s more, now people like Ulmer don’t have to call themselves “Lucky Bill” anymore.
Offensive lines and BBQ joints
If the offensive line units didn’t get collective deals with local barbecues, we could comfortably say that varsity athletes with NIL rights were a flawed idea.
Fortunately, we don’t have to say this, as the Hawgs have teamed up with Wrights Barbecue in Johnson, Arkansas. Hashtags aren’t such a useful tool on Twitter in 2021, but you can’t go wrong with #BodyByBBQ.
– Dalton Wagner (@ DaltonWagner78) July 6, 2021
Mission BBQ, which has locations in 16 states, also has NIL deals with the Wisconsin and Notre Dame offensive lines.
Ohio State OL Dawand Jones is pushing the candles
It’s not a barbecue, but Jones has partnered with GoPuff, a consumer goods and food delivery service. The product he bought as an example was a candle.
– Dawand Jones (@ dawandj79) July 1, 2021
While it’s great to see offensive linemen pushing a barbecue, it’s even better to see one pushing a barbecue.
We probably still don’t know where the NILE era will take us, but it will be exciting to find out.