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Increasingly, we’ve seen so-called “collectives” organizing to each benefit student athletes at a specific institution. The models vary somewhat, but the basic premise of most is that an alum, or group of alums, band together to form a company whose goal is to provide NIL opportunities to student athletes of that institution. How they find or provide those opportunities is where the models really differ.

We will be updating this page as new collectives, or new details on existing collectives, emerge.

We’ve also started separate lists below of marketing or talent agencies that appear to be specializing in one university, NFT communities, local exchanges and schools partnering with Student Athlete Empowerment.

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List of NIL Collectives by School

UniversityCompanyFounder(s)How it Works
Arizona State UniversityTo be announcedUnknownReport about to-be-announced collective says, “It has already received commitments totaling several hundred thousand dollars, with a goal of at least a million dollars pledged by launch and multiple millions of dollars derived from benefactors on an annual basis…” Report also says the organization will pursue 501(c)(3) status.
Auburn UniversityNIL-Auburn LLCRick DavidsonAthletes produce content (live stream videos, picutres with text, personal appearances, etc.) that then is distributed based on the subscription level of donors. There are monthly and annual subscription amounts within different subscription tiers. Athletes are paid according to their fulfillment of contracts for created content.
Clemson UniversityTigerImpactRich Davies, Kendall Alley and Kevin GemasStated mission is to “provide student athletes with the opportunity to further develop themselves as part of their education while at Clemson and serve others by providing much needed support to community charities.”
Florida International UniversityInside the CageBrad Davis and Johnathan CyprienInside the Cage is a FIU-Focused NIL Collective designed to help facilitate and cultivate opportunities for student-athletes.
Florida State UniversityRising SpearBob Davis (former chairman of Seminole Boosters) and Alan Flaumenhaft (former Treasuer of Seminole Boosters) plus DreamfieldRising Spear consists of two options for sponsors and athletes. Gold Standard includes for profit opportunities, and Garnet Spirit, a not-for-profit platform creating opportunities to engage FSU student-athletes through appearance fees, clinics, fundraising, community service projects and events supporting underserved communities. In May 2022, Warpath 850 merged into Rising Spear.
Florida State UniversityWarpath 850DreamfieldWarpath will provide invitations to exclusive events with FSU athletes, including private events, camps and clinics for children, Q&A sessions, limited-run apparel and more as part of a monthly membership.

Warpath 850 has merged with Rising Spear as of May 2022.
Florida State UniversityMicconope 1851Mike Underwood and James ColemanWhile Micconope 1851 will assist athletes in NIL earning opportunities, it has a mission to go beyond that to help the athletes access successful alumni who can provide educational resources.
Georgia Institute of TechnologySwarm the ATL (website coming soon)Stephen Weitzel and DreamfieldFans can pay monthly fees and in return will receive access to Tech players and other perks. The access could take the form of a meet-and-greet, interaction over a videoconference, dinners or events like a trip to TopGolf. Higher-level subscribers could have benefits like tickets to join suite owners for football games or sit courtside at basketball games.
Gonzaga UniversityFriends of SpikeGee Automotive, Washington Trust Bank, The Wolff Company and Dealers Auto Auction, along with former GU men’s basketball player Matt Santangelo and former GU women’s basketball player Shaniqua NillesContributions will create opportunities for in-person engagements in the community such as meet & greets, watch parties, and charity work. Additionally, Friends of Spike’s team will help facilitate youth sports programs, speaking engagements, and corporate advertising campaigns. There will also be opportunities in the future for exclusive student-athlete content, merchandise, and giveaways. Powered by Blueprint Sports.
Grambling State UniversityThe Icon CollectiveThe Icon Collective provides assistance to athletes at Grambling State University by facilitating name, image, and likeness (NIL) opportunities with businesses, alumni, and fans. 
Indiana UniversityHoosier Hysterics NIL CollectiveEric Pankowski, Ward RobertsThere are two main avenues: matching businesses with an athlete or athletes, or a business or booster can contribute to the Collective, then the Collective will pool the money together to create significant NIL deals for an athlete or athletes to promote Hoosier Hysterics through social media posts, appearances, etc.
Indiana UniversityHoosiers for GoodThe organization will raise awareness for Indiana charitable causes by pairing them with community-minded student athletes seeking to use their platform and influence to drive positive social change.
Iowa State UniversityWe Will CollectiveRyan Harklau and Dan McCarneyThe We Will Collective will help Iowa State athletes use their NIL to give back to charities and others in need.
Kansas StateThe Wildcats’ DenAaron Lockett, Curry Sexton and Brian MorrisLaunching April 20, 2022 per tweet
Kansas StateWildcat NILJesse Ertz, Ryan Henington, Ross Elder and Brad FulnerDonations of any amount are accepted, and the group will help arrange appearances, autograph sessions, sell merchandise and memorabilia, etc. The Cat Family Club within Wildcat NIL appears to be focused on higher-end donors. “This exclusive group of 100 supporters has each committed to donating $1,000 per month to a fund that is used for NIL opportunities for our players. Our goal with this $1.2 million-dollar annual fund is to remain competitive with what every other college program is doing nationally in NIL opportunities and ensure Kansas State Athletics has the resources to remain competitive.”
North Carolina State UniversityPack of WolvesHaze Lancaster and Jarrett DisbrowMission is to help NC State student-athletes maximize their NIL value while making a positive impact in the community. The collective will connect student-athletes with members and sponsors, and help them navigate and secure meaningful NIL collaborations and lasting relationships. 
A not-for-profit arm will also be formed to accommodate charitable giving to support the Pack of Wolves.
Ohio State UniversityTHE FoundationBrian Schottenstein and Cardale JonesDescribed as a “charitable NIL fund” that will launch around the 2022 spring football game.
Ohio State UniversityCohesion FoundationGary MarcinickThe Cohesion Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to supporting and strengthening the current student-athlete community by fostering opportunities through education and charity. Cohesion connects current student-athletes to charities to provide charities with free marketing regarding their mission, purposes and events. Athletes will be paid by Cohesion for these services. Cohesion will educate current student-athletes regarding the importance of giving back to the community, both currently, and in the communities in which they will eventually live and work.
Oklahoma State UniversityUnbridled (no website yet, see Twitter thread)Joe Eastin, Garrett McCain and othersThrough Unbridled and its strategic partnerships, OSU student-athletes can engage in a variety of NIL opportunities such as digital content, autographs, social media endorsements, in-kind deals, public appearances, meet and greet events and more.
Pennsylvania State UniversityHappy Valley TalentJoint effort by the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County (CBICC) and The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau (HVAB).One-stop website for Penn State student athletes to connect with businesses, and vice versa. The business-athlete private portion of the website allows for easy creation of profiles, searching, sorting, communicating, posting of availability, and posting confirmed events. The public portion of the platform allows fans to create accounts, view confirmed events, and receive notifications when an event with their favorite student athlete or alumni athlete is posted.
Pennsylvania State UniversityNittany CommonwealthMichael KrentzmanNittany Commonwealth plans to leverage an experienced marketing team to create ongoing opportunities for student athletes with local, regional and national corporate partners. The organization also plans to offer mentorship and professional development opportunities.
Pennsylvania State UniversitySuccess with HonorIra Lubert, Anthony Misitano, Bob Poole, Rick Sokolov and Mark Toniatti with SANILSuccess With Honor offers Penn State student athletes opportunities to engage in NIL activations, including: autograph signings, social media promotions, camps and clinics, charity events, special appearances, product reviews, commercials, NFTs, and many more.
Rutgers UniversityKnights of the RaritanKnights of the Raritan will provide opportunities to athletes in every sport for academic internships, camps and clinics, autograph signings, personalized messages, commercial appearances, charity events, meet-and-greets, NFTs, influencer marketing and brand partnerships such as sponsored social media posts, and more.
Southern Methodist UniversityPony UpFormer player Paul Loyd with support from former players: Eric Dickerson, Luke Crossland, Dick Anderson, Kevin Beachum and Richie ButlerPony Up appears to be limited to supporting SMU football at this time. Per a press release, the program has several elements: Professional Development, Community, and Clearing House/Matchmaker for businesses and players. The Professional Development program called “NIL Learnships,” is an innovative twist on the paid internship, whereas players are connected to successful entrepreneurs and develop a 1:1 mutual mentorship, with both parties exchanging ideas and different perspectives, and the athlete getting enhanced mentoring in areas such as financial management and other business skills. The NIL experience will be shared via social post, appearances, and other experiences. There have been two community program verticals created so far: one in which businesses will support causes important to the players and will sign NIL deals to support the effort and the other being created to promote Dallas and things to do in Dallas, utilizing NILs to promote the effort.
Southern Methodist UniversityPony Sports DTXPony Sports DTX is a collection of alumni, business owners, donors, Dallas residents, and fans who formed a collective to provide a platform to support SMU student-athletes NIL through a series of exclusive interviews and events. Pony Sports DTX also presents unique networking opportunities to SMU student-athletes, through the events put on by the collective, by providing access to its collective and business owners who are compiled from various backgrounds, fields, and industries.
Texas A&MThe FundTexas A&M’s collective hasn’t been publicly announced, but it was confirmed by AD Ross Bjork in an interview with Business of College Sports founder Kristi Dosh that there is an LLC formed by boosters helping student athletes with NIL. More info provided by The Athletic.
Texas Christian UniversityKF NIL, LLCKillerFrogs.comKF NIL’s goal is to reach as many TCU student athletes as financially possible and provide them with memorable and unique experiences within their fanbase and community. 
Texas Christian UniversityThink NILThe Marketing Jersey, LLC (founded by Guillermo Zamarripa)A program aimed at facilitating and maximizing NIL opportunities for TCU student-athletes by connecting them with local, regional and national businesses and brands.
Texas Tech UniversityMatador ClubCody Campbell, Tim Culp, Terry Fuller, Marc McDougal, Gary Petersen, John SellersThe Matador Club is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. They describe the organization as, “creating an opportunity for alumni & fans to directly support student-athletes, while opening avenues for athletes to use their NIL to make a positive impact on local charities.”
Tulane UniversityFear the WaveThe FTW Collective Group is a crowd-sourced NIL program for Tulane student-athletes to become spokespeople for FearTheWave and to be featured on FearTheWave’s upcoming podcasts including The Jimmy O Show and FearTheWave Cast. In addition, FearTheWave will partner with Tulane student-athletes to highlight charities and businesses in the New Orleans community. FTW has applied for 501(c)(3) status.
University of AlabamaHigh Tide TraditionsLarry Morris, Paul Register, Tripp Powell and Cole PriceHigh Tide Traditions was established to harness the power of Name, Image, and Likeness with student-athletes to make and propel positive business relationships across the city, state, region and nation. Through strategic partnerships utilizing data analytics, it is important to High Tide Traditions that student-athletes will be engaged in amplifying the exposure for our business partners through relatable and authentic content, appearances, and other mutually beneficial services.
University of ArizonaFriends of Wilbur & WilmaCole Davis and Humberto S. Lopez, with additional supportersFriends of Wilbur & Wilma is an NIL program designed to welcome alumni, fans, and businesses who wish to engage and work with the student-athletes at the University of Arizona. It will start by supporting football, while also building momentum to support women’s basketball, softball, baseball and other sports. Powered by Blueprint Sports.
University of ArizonaArizona AssistMichael Saffer, Thomas Conran and Adam LazarusFocus on MBB. An exclusive marketplace for Wildcat basketball fans – supporters, alumni, and local businesses will receive unique benefits and exclusive opportunities to purchase products and engage with players through VIP events and experiences, various raffles, and a variety of merchandise and memorabilia that isn’t available to the general public.
University of Central FloridaMission ControlDreamfieldFan-funded program with tiered levels of monthly memberships. Players will appear at events, assist in monthly clinics offer collectibles and NFTs, etc.
University of FloridaGator CollectiveEddie and Kelli Rojas (Darren Heitner as counsel)Fan donations go toward the Collective creating opportunities for athletes to earn compensation in exchange for exclusive content and experiences with UF athletes for those fans. More specifically, the Collective negotiates deals for athletes and also connects them with various industries to help them with PR, marketing, finance, tax, and community service. Aftering donating, fans have access to the exclusive content. Specific deals for peronalized content, appearances, signed memorabilia, etc. can be arranged as well.
University of FloridaGator GuardHugh HathcockDescribed as an “exclusive, very influential group of high-net-worth Gators.” They’ve also partnered with the Gator Collective.
University of FloridaMarketPryce FloridaFounder of MarketPryce: Jason BergmanStudent athletes sign up for free and get paid to promote local businesses, are included in a bi-weekly raffle, where you will receive an email to opt-in to promote local businesses across Gainesville. Businesses sign up for free to MarketPryce Florida for a chance to have their business get promoted by Gator student athletes and are included in the bi-weekly raffle, where one local business every two weeks will receive free promotion from Gator student athletes who sign up to participate, paid for by alumni. Those who donate money can win prizes like signed memorabilia, season tickets and exclusive player meet and greets, depending on how much they donate.
University of GeorgiaClassic City Collective A variety of NIL opportunities will be made available to UGA athletes, including social media endorsements, traditional media advertisements, in-kind deals for promotional activities, appearances, meet and greets, autographs, and digital content.
University of HoustonHoop and Holler HoustonHoop and Holler Houston is described as a sports “micro-collective” with the interest of supporting​ student athletes through NIL. Their NIL goal is to reach as many U OF H student athletes as financially possible and provide them with memorable and unique experiences within their fanbase and community.

A variety of NIL opportunities may be made available to U OF H  athletes, including social media endorsements, traditional media advertisements, in-kind deals for promotional activities, appearances, ​meet and greets, autographs, and digital content.
University of IllinoisIllini GuardiansAdam FleischerMoney raised is pooled to create NIL contracts with student athletes to promote local businesses, schools, youth organizations, etc.
University of Kansas6th Man Strategies/12th Man StrategiesRyan Baty, Matt BatyPartnering with Opendorse, 6th Man Strategies represents Jayhawk athletes and manages the athletes’ personal branding, sales, resources, PR, tax strategy, legal and business advising. The partnership also runs in conjunction with Kansas’ on-campus Jayhawks Ascend program which is a support and guidance arm of KU athletics in the same areas and others as well. While they are heavily involved in the management and representation for all things NIL, 6th Man also tries to connect fans with athletes with an exchange of unique access to Kansas players for fundraising, donations, etc. 6th Man Strategies focuses on Kansas basketball while 12th Man Strategies (a subsidiary) focuses on Kansas football.
University of KentuckyThe 15 (no website yet)Athlete Advantage and Big Blue LegacyThe 15 does not plan to allow boosters to directly contribute money to fund NIL deals for athletes. Instead, it plans to sign multi-year marketing deals with businesses to be promoted by an unspecified UK athlete. Athlete Advantage, acting as an agent, will then connect the athletes with the businesses and promotional activities that best fit their platforms and personalities. Athlete Advantage help execute the campaigns.
University of MarylandTurtle NILHarry Geller (registered agent on file for the company)Turtle NIL is a fundraising entity operating through GoFundMe to support NIL opportunities. All money net of GoFundMe fees will go towards promoting the athletes and the athletes themselves in accordance with State and NCAA regulations.
University of Memphis901 FundTigers on a MissionThe 901 Fund is a non-profit created to “drive awareness” of charities while deepening “the connection between Memphis and the student-athletes who represent us.” The fund is initially focused on football and mens’ and women’s basketball.
University of MiamiBring Back the UJorge MasvidalBBTU acts as a liaison between players and sponsors to ensure transactions are handled efficiently and in compliance with NCAA regulations. Companies enter into endorsement deals compensating players for content, appearances, etc. BBTU helps businesses identify the right player and campaign for business needs. BBTU hosts events and fundraisers for local businesses for the purpose of those businesses signing deals with players. BBTU also solicits and accepts donations to distribute to local businesses which will then directly sponsor players.
University of MichiganMGoDAOReece Kurdyla and DraftlyMGoDAO has partnered with Draftly to form the first ever college sports Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) for fans, by fans. MGoDAO and Draftly are focused on uniting college fans and athletes utilizing Web3 technology. The DAO will sell a Season 1 NFT Pass for access to the community, virtual and in-person events and more.
University of MinnesotaMinnesota NILMinnesota NIL (formerly named the Gopher Collective) was created with three key goals. 1) Empower athletes to maximize their value through strategic and NCAA-compliant partnerships.​ 2) Provide businesses, organizations and fans with a platform to connect with athletes, students and alumni. 3) Let us do the heavy lifting in forming partnerships, allowing student-athletes to focus on their education and sport.
University of MissouriAdvancing Missouri AthletesThomas M. Harrison (registered agent on file for the company)This collective was reported by SportsBusiness Journal but no additional information has been found.
University of MissouriDBZou 2022/Horns DownJesse CoxThe collective started with Horns Down Shop signing football athletes to promote it but has evolved to include other athletes at Mizzou. The athletes sign one-year contracts to promote their merchandise available through the store and also agree to public appearances on behalf of the collective, Zoom interviews with donors, youth camps, etc. Donors can give as little as $100 per year. Athletes receive quarterly payments through the collective and keep 75% of the revenue for their personalized merchandise.
University of North CarolinaHeels4LifeShakeel Rashad (Executive Director)Focused on UNC football. Membership model or one-time contributions. Also matching student athletes with alumni in their areas of interest.
University of Notre DameFriends of the University of Notre Dame (FUND)Brady QuinnFUND has been approved as a 501(c)(3). It anticipates working with more than a half-dozen Notre Dame football players in the spring of 2022 as the program begins to launch in full. The board interviews players to determine fit and their charitable interests. Then it matches charities with the players themselves. The players are compensated for appearances and social media posts, while the charity also receives a donation from FUND. 
University of Oklahoma1OklahomaBarry Switzer and a group of “businessmen, community leaders, alumni, and leaders in the faith-based community”1Oklahoma Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to collaborating with and serving some of the most impactful non-profits throughout the state of Oklahoma through the Name, Image, and Likeness of OU athletes. 1Oklahoma is initially focusing on football, men’s basketball and softball.
University of OregonDivision StreetIncludes Phil Knight, Sabrina Ionescu, Tyrell Crosby, Taylor Susnara, Chelsea Hoffman, Tony Washington Jr., Charles Sudduth, KJ Maduike, Pape FamilyFounded by Phil Knight and several former Nike professionals. Group of experienced professionals in the sports marketing, branding, monetization, sponsorship, digtial and creative spaces under one umbrella. Assists and supports Oregon student athletes in everything to do with creating, growing and monetizing their brand. Also includes creating and coordinating opportunties for Oregon athletes, such as the AirBnB house. They’ve also partnered with Opendorse on a licensed marketplace.
University of South CarolinaGarnet TrustBrian ShoemakerOne arm of this group allows supporters to contribute funds for NIL opportunities. Created NIL initiatives funded by GT include sponsored interviews, exclusive experiences like meet and greets, in-person events, direct messages, etc. Another arm of GT is for providing media services to businesses that want to have South Carolina athletes feature their products or services.
University of TennesseeSpyre Sports GroupJames Clawson, Hunter Baddour, Sheridan GannonSyrpe Sports Group is part marketing agency and part NIL collective. Through its 1951 Club, members can get newsletters, signed memorabilia, access to information before it goes public, or access to meet and engage with current student-athletes in multiple sports, depending on their donation level.
University of TennesseeFriends of BasevolsFriends of Basevols is a fan-driven and alumni-led supporter group for the baseball student-athletes of the University of Tennessee. Opportunities to make a one-time contribution or work directly with one or more University of Tennessee baseball athletes. Powered by Blueprint Sports.
University of Texas – AustinClark Field CollectiveNick Shuley, along with “prominent Texas donors and former Longhorn athletes” including TJ Ford and Kenny Vaccaro.The collective aims to serve as a one-stop fund to be disseminated among all sports at Texas for NIL activities, which include endorsements, autographs, appearances and more. It establishes a universal basic earnings program based on services provided by Texas athletes. Exactly how much each athlete would receive is yet to be determined by the boards representing each specific sport.
University of Texas – AustinHorns with HeartRob Blair and five other co-foundersEach offensive lineman at the University of Texas will receive $50,000 annually to promote selected charities. Read our piece on Horns with Heart here.
University of Texas – AustinOccupy Left FieldHuston Street, Brooks Kieschnick, David Lowery, Doug Hodo, Jr., Justin Simmons, Drew Stubbs, Jonathan Walsh, Drew Bishop, Britt Peterson, Jim Bagan, Marc Peña, Jeff Cross, Jason McMinn, Chance Covert, Michael Pumo, Henry MedranoOccupy Left Field Foundation a registered 501 (3)(C) that provides monetary contributions and volunteer assistance to other worthy nonprofits in the greater Austin area. OLFF will contract with Ambassadors from the University of Texas Baseball team, who will volunteer and appear at events in order to amplify fundraising efforts. Each Texas baseball player is being offered $10,000/year to participate.
University of Texas – San AntonioRunners RisingEddie Benningfield (Executive Director)Their stated goals are to “provide direct financial support, personal brand development, career mentorship, and other professional opportunities to deserving Roadrunner athletes.” Website launch coming soon.
University of UtahUtah LockerRoomLockerRoomThe Utah LockerRoom is a part of the LockerRoom Athletics NIL platform, which was created and designed to connect Utah fans with their favorite student athletes. Our mission is to provide a platform for fans from all walks of life to interact with and receive incredible experiences from our student athletes seeking NIL deals. Our objective is to build a community of incredible and generous Ute fans who care strongly about their student athlete’s well-being, development, and opportunity to earn money to make their lives a little bit better.
University of VirginiaCavalier FuturesCavalier Futures will help UVA athletes use their name, image, and likeness to be compensated for traditional endorsements, social media promotions, appearances and autographs, in-kind deals, and equity opportunities. Cavalier Futures can also help elite student-athletes hire marketing agents and other representatives or service providers to assist them. In addition, NIL is an opportunity to further strengthen and support the Charlottesville area and university through community and social activism.
University of WashingtonMontlake FuturesGroup of UW donors and supportersA platform to directly create and develop NIL opportunities for UW student athletes, including raising and stewarding financial resources, in cooperation with local businesses and sponsors. This group assists corporate partners with NIL sponsorship and outreach and connects UW student athletes with opportunities.
Virginia Tech UniversityCommonwealth NILGentry Locke AttorneysCommonwealth NIL is currently active in raising resources for NIL contracts through events, activities and special sales with a unique focus in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Virginia Tech UniversityHot Route Marketing, LLCKelly WoolwineHot Route Marketing, LLC represents a vehicle in which business, donors and fans can invest into a consolidated pool of resources from which NIL opportunities can be arranged for student-athletes.
Virginia Tech UniversityTriumph NILJim Cowan, Joey Harrington, Doug Hicks, Brenden Hill and Kevin JonesTriumph NIL seeks to partner corporate clients with Tech student-athletes to build compelling campaigns that drive real results, in addition to offering platforms for donors and fans to support their favorite Hokies.
Wake Forest UniversityTop Hat CollectiveTop Hat Collective is a membership collective of fans, sponsors, and supporters created to help our athletes monetize their Name, Image, and Likeness in a compliant way. To do this, Top Hat provides opportunities for our athletes to connect with our members through a variety of methods, including in-person and virtual events, autographs, apparel, NFTs, social media engagement, and more.
Washington State UniversityCougar CollectiveWe’re still gathering more information on this one after seeing it in this story.
West Virgina UniversityCountry Roads TrustKen Kendrick and Oliver LuckThe staff at Country Roads Trust will connect an interested party with WVU student athletes, provide marketing, promotional and logistical support and ensure compliance with NCAA and WVU guidelines. Country Roads Trust plans to launch a program for Mountaineer fans with exclusive athlete-generated content, unique live and virtual experiences and chances to win autographed merchandise.
Wichita State UniversityArmchair StrategiesTyler Weber, Tymber Lee and Matt Baty, Ryan Baty, Andy Frieze and Chrissy RobbenArmchair Strategies will launch multiple platforms. These include the Century Club, made up of 100 area fans and
businesses that want to be leaders in the NIL space and The Shocker Exclusive, an organization that will take
tax-deductible contributions. Additional programming will focus on the student-athlete’s overall brand
involving social media, appearances, memorabilia, merchandise, NFT technologies, corporate and car
dealership endorsements.

University-Specific Marketing and Talent Agencies

We’ve also seen some university-specific marketing/talent agencies popping up. Here are the ones we’ve tracked so far.

UniversityCompany (website)FoundersHow it Works
Mississippi State UniversityThe Legacy GroupLee VanHornTLG is a student athlete licensing company that assists student athletes in maximizing their earning potential through NIL. TLG pays each student athlete an initial license fee to secure rights to their NIL. TLG then solicits marketing opportunities for the student athletes, sells merchandise with the student athletes NIL, and arranges camps and autograph sessions. There is an upfront guarantee, and then TLG will work on NIL activities for that student athlete. Once a student athlete earns their initial fee back for the company, TLG enters a revenue sharing model with the student athlete that allows them to earn additional compensation in addition to the initial license fee.
Ohio State UniversityNIL ManagementBrandon Fuss-Cheatham, Zach BeebeNIL Management brokers deals for athletes, as well as helps them create their own brands and businesses. Each athlete signs on as a client and pays the company a commission for each brokered deal, so this isn’t as much a collective as a third party marketplace.
University of ArkansasAthlete Advocate ConsortiumBryan & Mandy HuntAAC provides a full-time team to each of its partner athletes, a team dedicated to building the student-athlete’s image and helping them reach their full potential. The AAC team focuses on all facets of the student-athlete’s college career and most importantly, their future.
University of MichiganValiant Management GroupJared Wangler, Niko Porikos“The goal is to offer third-party services, independent from the University, to assist, provide and manage NIL monetization opportunities for all student athletes.” Valiant represents UM athletes in securing NIL deals, through avenues such as group licensing apparel deals, signing events, marketing partnerships, licensed NFTs, media appearances, signed memorabilia, podcast appearances and private training sessions.
University of NebraskaAthlete Branding and MarketingJon Bruning, Gerrod LambrechtABM helps athletes maximize their name, image and likeness opportunities through an active representation model. They help athletes maximize earning potential and manage their brands while still balancing the commitments of academics and sports.
University of TennesseeSpyre Sports GroupJames Clawson, Hunter Baddour, Sheridan GannonSyrpe Sports Group is part marketing agency and part NIL collective. Through its 1951 Club, members can get newsletters, signed memorabilia, access to information before it goes public, or access to meet and engage with current student-athletes in multiple sports, depending on their donation level.
University of VirginiaHook Sports MarketingChip Royer, Todd Goodale, Kevin ThurmanHook Sports Marketing is a sports marketing agency that seeks to empower student-athletes to develop a strong personal brand that will maximize their opportunity to generate revenue, build relationships and connect with the community. ​

NFT Communities by School

UniversityCommunityPartner
Louisiana State UniversityBayou Cat CrewThe Players’ Lounge
University of GeorgiaDGD MafiaThe Players’ Lounge
University of North CarolinaCollegeBall UNC CollectiveCollegeBall.io
University of OklahomaBoom SquadThe Players’ Lounge
University of TexasBurnt Orange HeroesThe Players’ Lounge

Local NIL Exchanges/Marketplaces by School

UniversityExchangePartner
Boise State UniversityBoise State NIL ExchangeINFLCR
DePaul UniversityLEGACY ExchangeINFLCR
Florida A&MRattlers Local ExchangeINFLCR
Michigan State UniversityMichigan State ExchangeINFLCR
Oregon State UniversityThe Wood ShopOpendorse
St. John’s UniversityUNLIMITED ExchangeINFLCR
Southern Methodist UniversitySMU BOLD ExchangeINFLCR
Syracuse UniversityACCELERATE ExchangeINFLCR
Texas A&M UniversityA&Mplify ExchangeINFLCR
University of ArizonaArizona EDGEINFLCR
University of California, Los AngelesWestwood ExchangeINFLCR
University of ColoradoBuffs NIL ExchangeINFLCR
University of DenverPioneer ExchangeINFLCR
University of FloridaGatorsNILINFLCR
University of MemphisMemphis Tigers NIL MarketplaceOpendorse
University of MichiganVICTORS Local ExchangeINFLCR
University of OklahomaOU ExchangeINFLCR
University of OregonOfficial NIL Marketplace of the Oregon DucksOpendorse
University of Southern MississippiTo The Top ExchangeINFLCR
University of WisconsinYouDub MarketplaceOpendorse
Virginia TechHokies ExchangeINFLCR
Washington State UniversityIcon SuiteIcon Source

Student Athlete Empowerment by School

Student Athlete Empowerment is a division of Student-Athlete NIL (SANIL), a full-service agency of record dedicated to helping brands and universities navigate name, image and likeness.

SAE specializes in evaluating and managing incoming NIL requests from brands, individuals and other entities, and then will identify partnerships with student athletes that best align with the goals of the requested activation. SAE negotiates each partnership, including defining deliverable and timing responsibilities for each student-athlete, while ensuring that each NIL agreement remains in compliance with institutional policies and NCAA rules, as well as state and federal law. SAE will also provide disclosure and escrow services to guarantee proper and timely compensation of student-athletes for any NIL engagements, while also ensuring that they remain in compliance with all IRS regulations.

UniversityProgram Name
Fordham UniversityEmpower Rams
Loyola Marymount UniversityEmpower Lions
Robert Morris UniversityEmpower Colonials
Santa Clara UniversityBroncos Empowerment
University of FloridaGator Empowerment

Research assistance provided by Sarah Meadow and Jeffrey Parry.