NIL Thread (Name, Image, Likeness Rule)

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ILLINIShox24

Orange Krush '04 & '05

WWE's second class of college athletes receiving name, image and likeness agreements includes the first participants in men's basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, and cheer and dance, as well as four from Power 5 football programs.

The 15-member group participating in WWE's "Next In Line" program will train at the promotion's performance center in Orlando, Florida, and receive resources in areas such as brand building and media communications.
 
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Well done by them. You’re gonna get 15 really good walk ons, probably guys who have G-5 scholarship offers, if you’re gonna pay them 25k per year. Especially if those guys are looking at little to no NIL money at their potential G5 school. If you’re grabbing that second tier Texas HS player for your walk on spots, you’re grabbing a really good football player.

Total cost of in-state attendance is around 28k per year at tech, but football players also wouldn’t need a meal plan, so that saves on COA. If you find and split an apartment with your teammates, it’s probably cheaper than a dorm payment, and your walkons now have everything covered. If you get really lucky, maybe you live with a guy who has his living situation covered by NIL. They’ve essentially got 100 scholarship slots now. With OU and ut leaving the big 12 there’s a hole at the top of the conference to fill. They’re setting themselves up nicely to make a play for the top spot.

 
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And SMU gets into the fray . . .

https://apple.news/ACeXtoNwBSXut9V1lQxsqnA

We’re witnessing the death of 150+ years of college football . . . they’re now professionals, being paid to play the game. How long will the affiliation with universities remain?

And yea, I’m in the doomsday camp, as I can’t see the sport surviving present day happenings that will resemble in any shape, form or fashion the college football (and basketball for that matter) we’ve followed and loved the past 40 (50/60/70?) years. What’s next? “The Caterpillar Fighting Illini”? Oh wait, Cat is leaving the state already . . . and taking their money to Texas. So maybe the “State Farm Fighting Illini”?
 
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And SMU gets into the fray . . .

https://apple.news/ACeXtoNwBSXut9V1lQxsqnA

We’re witnessing the death of 150+ years of college football . . . they’re now professionals, being paid to play the game. How long will the affiliation with universities remain?

And yea, I’m in the doomsday camp, as I can’t see the sport surviving present day happenings that will resemble in any shape, form or fashion the college football (and basketball for that matter) we’ve followed and loved the past 40 (50/60/70?) years. What’s next? “The Caterpillar Fighting Illini”? Oh wait, Cat is leaving the state already . . . and taking their money to Texas. So maybe the “State Farm Fighting Illini”?
SMU football players being paid? What is this world coming to?
 
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illini80

Forgottonia
SMU football players being paid? What is this world coming to?
They were ahead of their time.
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And SMU gets into the fray . . .

https://apple.news/ACeXtoNwBSXut9V1lQxsqnA

We’re witnessing the death of 150+ years of college football . . . they’re now professionals, being paid to play the game. How long will the affiliation with universities remain?

And yea, I’m in the doomsday camp, as I can’t see the sport surviving present day happenings that will resemble in any shape, form or fashion the college football (and basketball for that matter) we’ve followed and loved the past 40 (50/60/70?) years. What’s next? “The Caterpillar Fighting Illini”? Oh wait, Cat is leaving the state already . . . and taking their money to Texas. So maybe the “State Farm Fighting Illini”?
For a school sometimes referred to as Southern Millionaires University that everybody knows has absolutely loaded students and alumni, I’m kinda surprised it took them this long.

Maybe just being in Texas puts them on my radar more by proximity, but I’ve been waiting for hear from them for a loooong time.
 
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illini80

Forgottonia
With the free agency approach we now have it’s probably somewhat unlikely, but the Bears situation with Roquan Smith has me wondering how long it will take before a college player decides he didn’t get enough and holds out for more money? Since fans and businesses are funding NIL, I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if it worked with the right star player and a possible NC run on the line.
 
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With the free agency approach we now have it’s probably somewhat unlikely, but the Bears situation with Roquan Smith has me wondering how long it will take before a college player decides he didn’t get enough and holds out for more money? Since fans and businesses are funding NIL, I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if it worked with the right star player and a possible NC run on the line.
Didn’t it happen at Miami already?
 
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Illini Guardians is holding a golf fundraiser for NIL on Aug. 26. Cost $1200 for a foursome. For that you get a round of golf, cart, lunch and dinner as well as an Illini athlete on your team. Those athletes are being paid to attend. Still opening. Contact the Guardians to play.
 
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I’m in the doomsday camp, as I can’t see the sport surviving present day happenings that will resemble in any shape, form or fashion the college football (and basketball for that matter) we’ve followed and loved the past 40 (50/60/70?) years. What’s next? “The Caterpillar Fighting Illini”? Oh wait, Cat is leaving the state already . . . and taking their money to Texas. So maybe the “State Farm Fighting Illini”?

I just don't get these posts. My reaction, no offense, is how in the world does anyone think players haven't been getting paid for the last 50+ years? There has been an ocean of stories, scandals, etc. about cheating* and pay over the last 25 years alone that we couldn't begin to catalogue if we tried. And that's just the stuff that came to light. It's as much a part of the game as the football itself. The NCAA has an impeccable track record of letting schools get away with whatever they choose to do.

People enjoy college football. It's entertaining. 99% of fans know inducements are part of recruiting and still watch.

There will undoubtedly come a point when it will be over-commercialized, but if you believe the revenue figures, we're not there yet. That's a problem for another day.


*however you might define it.
 
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Ransom Stoddard

Ordained Dudeist Priest
Bloomington, IL
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illini80

Forgottonia
If it is a smart company they have already made provisions for this type of situation, just as they should with any other paid spokesperson or endorser. Staggered payouts, clauses regarding negative controversy, etc.
I don’t know if it was Kam Cox or someone else that talked about players being required to be eligible and in good standing with the team to receive their NIL.
 
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Ransom Stoddard

Ordained Dudeist Priest
Bloomington, IL
Email from Josh yesterday:
To Fighting Illini everywhere,

In just one year’s time, the name, image and likeness phenomenon (NIL) has transformed high-major collegiate athletics. The newly created opportunity for student-athletes to earn third-party compensation has quickly become a crucial part of the student-athlete experience. In recent years, Illinois Athletics has reasserted itself as a leader in the college sports world through the exceptional support that we offer to our student-athletes, including a premier education, state-of-the-art facilities, and the best coaching and athletic development in the country. As a result, we have been able to win championships and create lifetime memories that should make us all proud. To sustain and accelerate our success, it is now evident that we must also operate an elite NIL program.

Last year, we anticipated that NIL would be the biggest change to college athletics in over fifty years. Illinois Athletics took a leading role in the formation of the Student-Athlete Endorsement Rights Act, the state legislation that ensured Illinois student-athletes would be able to access NIL opportunities as immediately as their peers across the country. We also introduced our INFLUENCE program, which focused entirely on educating student-athletes and communities about NIL’s new possibilities. In addition to our focus on education, we understood from the outset that NIL would be a key competitive endeavor: a robust NIL program for current student-athletes has become imperative to attracting and retaining the caliber of athlete necessary to compete for championships.

Today, NIL provides us with an opportunity for rapid advancement that is unique in the history of Illinois Athletics. In a landscape dictated by precedent and tradition, disruption has unveiled the potential for growth. NIL creates an accelerator to improve our programs in the near term, and DIA encouraged recent amendments to our state law that allow us to help press on the gas.

With that context as a backdrop, I would like to introduce NIL Impact, a new Division of Intercollegiate Athletics campaign where we are asking everyone to support NIL engagements for Fighting Illini student-athletes. There are three primary methods of support:

• Join the Collective: Purchase a monthly or annual subscription from Illini Guardians, the third-party nonprofit entity designed solely to support Illinois student-athletes. Payments to Illini Guardians are pooled to create NIL opportunities between Illini Guardians and Illinois student-athletes for the benefit of community service organizations. Go to illiniguardians.com/ to join.
• Work Directly with Student-Athletes: Reach out to NILimpact@illinois.edu or any member of the Illinois Office of Athletic Development. Our staff will be willing to help facilitate special opportunities for you.
• For Corporate Marketing Opportunities: Partner with our student-athletes for your promotional services using our Illinois Marketplace at www.opendorse.com/illinois-fightingillini. If you prefer, contact NILimpact@illinois.edu or any member of the Office of Athletic Development and we can help assist your marketing arrangements.

While NIL may be rooted in traditional marketing strategies, today’s reality has evolved quickly beyond that. Corporate brands are continuing to engage with student-athletes, but the combined effort of fan bases has unquestionably made the greatest impact on competitive outcomes. At Illinois, Illini Guardians has emerged as the most cohesive, straightforward means of supporting our student-athletes through NIL. DIA fully endorses Illini Guardians, and we are in regular communication with its leadership to ensure compliance, transparency and trust as the organization helps advance our mutual mission to support our student-athletes and our communities.

Some of you may be feeling wary about supporting student-athletes in this way. That is certainly understandable, given that activities now allowed under the new NIL paradigm were prohibited by NCAA rules for generations. The simplest truth is that NIL is our best chance to create sustained growth in a relatively short time. I can assure you that NIL at Illinois will be run in a positive and compliant manner to serve as an example of what is possible when an institution and its passionate followers come together to support student-athletes.

On behalf of our coaches, staff and student-athletes, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to those of you who have already supported us in this effort. Every success story has the potential to spark another. Please encourage others in your Illini network to support NIL as well.

Our task is not easy: We will need several million dollars of annual NIL support to reach our objectives. Some of our key conference competitors have spoken openly about NIL fundraising targets above $10 million. If we are to outperform them in competition, we must outperform them here as well. Each NIL opportunity made available to our student-athletes benefits them and, by extension, improves our opportunity for competitive success. The amount is not as important as the action; whether you can afford $50 or $5 million, we will need everyone to help if we hope to turn this unprecedented moment into a groundbreaking opportunity for our programs.

Since my time as a student-athlete, the Illini Family has always been, and still remains, loyal, progressive, and highly motivated to compete at the highest level. As we begin this season of Illinois Athletics, we must move thoughtfully yet aggressively in this new NIL realm to reach the pinnacle of college athletics. Acting together, with a motivated, unified #famILLY, we can accelerate the upward trajectory of our beloved Fighting Illini in a way never before possible in our history.

Most sincerely,
Josh Whitman
 
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Had an interesting conversation with one of our olympic sport coaches yesterday. I wanted to find out "from the horse's mouth" where donations would have the best impact. I was told that it would help the team the most by going to the Guardians and NIL.