In just the first ten days of the college transfer portal being open this year, over 1600 football players entered to move to another school. Although the portal closed on the 18th of January, we are now able to see the effect that NIL had on college athletes deciding to enter the transfer portal before it opens back up on May 1st for a 15-day period.
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By Sandy Illian Bosch For decades, fans of college sports could only support their favorite players through cheers and applause. But adoption of the NCAA Name Image Likeness policy in 2021 opened up a new world of opportunity for fans to support players, and for players to profit from their work as athletes. It […]
by Zain Bando Illinois basketball is taking the next step in NIL endorsements with the NextName NFT partnership. The Illini are off to a fast start at 6-2, as it remained at No. 16 in the fourth week of the AP Top 25. Coupled with the on-court success also comes future marketing opportunities for the program. Illinois’ athletic department has been […]
By Myrna Petlicki, Pioneer Press, Dec 04, 2022 Steve Thayer and his son Ryan Thayer wanted to offer financial help to athletes from their alma mater, the University of Illinois. They found the answer when a Supreme Court ruling last year allowed college athletes to receive compensation for the use of their name, image, or […]
NextName Partners with the University of Illinois!
By Steven Thayer On October 26, 2022, the NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors unanimously voted to clarify how schools and collectives can be involved with the name, image and likeness (NIL) activities of enrolled student-athletes. The Board found it necessary to provide additional guidance to schools and booster organizations on a number of key […]
BY STEVEN MCAVOY Julia Roberts once said, “never underestimate the power of dinner.” Steve and Ryan Thayer can attest. In November 2021, Steve, an alumni of the University of Illinois attended a dinner hosted by the university alongside various friends and boosters. The biggest topic of discussion was NIL. “The University put together a dinner […]
Pete Nakos • 10/18/22 Illinois men’s basketball has entered the NFT space. The entire Fighting Illini team has inked NIL deals with NextName, a company that creates digital collectibles. The men’s basketball program is not the first Illinois team to sign with NextName. The Fighting Illini football, women’s volleyball, women’s soccer and men’s and women’s […]
Now, fans can support them directly with unique digital collectibles Ann Pitcher, patch.com Naperville residents and University of Illinois volleyball players Sophie Gregus and Caroline Barnes have jumped into the new NIL space by officially signing a ‘name, image, likeness’ (NIL) deal with NextName. NextName offers fans the opportunity to support them through the sale […]