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How Sprouts Farmers Market Leveraged NIL Athlete Deals

Sprouts Farmers Market wanted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX and amplify their individual partnerships with the University of Texas, the University of California—Los Angeles, the University of Southern California, and Arizona State University. To do this, the brand worked with female student-athletes from Big 12 and Pac-12 schools to create fun, personable […]

NIL and Ethical Issues in College Athletics

The date is December 10, 2005. USC Running back Reggie Bush wins the Heisman trophy one month before beating the Oklahoma Sooners in the national championship game. Flash forward to September 2010. Reggie Bush relinquishes his Heisman trophy after an investigation found him guilty of breaking NCAA rules by receiving gifts and endorsements from his […]

How the NIL Rule Change is Altering the Landscape of College Sports

For decades, college sports have been a staple of amateur athletics and American culture. However, recent changes to the NCAA sponsorship rules have shifted the landscape of college sports sponsorship. For the first time, there are now opportunities for athletes to monetize their personal brands. This NIL rule change (Name, Image, and Likeness) will potentially […]

The Role of NIL in Empowering Women in College Sports

The history of female involvement in college sports has long been characterized by exclusion, both as athletes and as full participants with equal access to the advantages that athletics can provide. For many years, male athletes have received greater financial support, more media exposure, a stronger voice to develop their image, and a better platform […]

How to Find Companies Looking to Sponsor College Athletes

It’s no secret that there are a wide variety of ways to get sponsored in sports. Athletes can make money by endorsing products on their social media, appearing in advertisements, and even signing deals with companies that want to hire them as spokespeople. Companies and brands of all sizes are looking to work with athletes […]

Leadership Spotlight

Kit Taylor, EVP Business Development As the Executive Vice President of Business Development at Icon Source, Kit is responsible for identifying and securing partnerships with leading brands and athletes on the platform, while ensuring that they receive the support they need to achieve their goals. She also manages our team of Brand specialists that are […]

Icon Source + The NIL House & Brinx.TV

A groundbreaking partnership has been formed between Brinx.TV a hub for all things NIL founded by John Brenkus, and Icon Source, the industry leader in NIL deal-making. Icon Source, founded by Chase Garrett in 2018, has streamlined the process of connecting brands and athletes for sponsorship deals. “The NIL House” is a popular sports program […]

What Are NIL Collectives and What Do They Do?

When the NCAA’s Board of Directors adopted an interim rule allowing athletes to pursue NIL opportunities beginning July 1, 2021, student-athletes were finally able to receive financial compensation for partnering with brands. In the following months, a number of non-agency talent collectives have cropped up at universities around the country. Some examples include Gator Collective […]

What is an NIL Valuation?

As it has been for decades with any budding industry or business vestment, the world of NIL has seen a significant amount of growth since its inception in the summer of 2021.  From universities and states releasing their own separate NIL guidelines for brands and student athletes to billboards in Times Square and beyond, the […]

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