Sounds like a pretty cool program. This is the 2nd yr with a cross section of universities and sports. They receive mentorship, branding opportunities, financial incentives for social media posts. Would love it if the Minnesota pro sports teams started following suit.
The Chicago White Sox are proud to introduce CHISOX Athlete an NIL (Name, Image, Likeness) program, created to help empower student-athletes, their voices and careers both on and off the field.www.mlb.com
I hadn't thought of that, but looking at the 2022 and 2023 participants there aren't any baseball players, so maybe that was intentional for this reason.I wonder if this is legal to do in the same sport? Could the Vikings sponsor Athan Kaliakmanis? Or Caleb Williams? Pro draft systems keep it from being totally abused, but still seems like it could be a conflict of interest?
Having pro sports franchises giving out NIL money to NCAA athletes is opening another can of worms.
I gotta think there are league related draft rules that put some limits on contact with draft prospects...I hadn't thought of that, but looking at the 2022 and 2023 participants there aren't any baseball players, so maybe that was intentional for this reason.