IOWA CITY, IOWA — Caitlin Clark is a sophomore basketball participant for the College of Iowa.
“I began taking part in basketball earlier than I might even keep in mind,” Clark mentioned.
The subsequent three years of basketball will probably be very totally different for Clark and different student-athletes. For the primary time in NCAA historical past, faculty athletes throughout the nation can now capitalize off their identify, picture, and likeness, or NIL, identical to an expert athlete.
“Just about utilizing your identify to generate income whether or not it’s commercials, ads, if an organization desires to have them put up on their social media – like an advert or one thing like that,” Clark mentioned.
Figuring out the change was more likely to occur quickly, the College of Iowa has spent the previous yr growing an NIL program referred to as FLIGHT. Lyla Clerry is the affiliate athletics director for compliance.
“Beforehand they actually might solely use their identify, picture, and likeness if it was related to their instructional establishment, or for a nonprofit entity,” Clerry mentioned. “So they might not have the ability to use their identify, picture, and likeness for any sort of endorsement or promotion, and so they couldn’t obtain compensation for such.”
If a pupil wasn’t compliant with these NCAA guidelines, it will threaten their eligibility to play. That’s not a priority, however now college students are navigating a brand new realm. FLIGHT equips Iowa student-athletes with the tutorial coaching essential to strengthen their NIL potential.
“So it might embody one thing about branding – how do I greatest model myself,” Clerry mentioned. “It will possibly embody issues about finance, ya know, monetary literacy – what do I must learn about being a CEO of principally my very own enterprise.”
Universities throughout the nation are offering athletes with instruments by way of applications like FLIGHT as a result of they are not allowed to assist them get NIL alternatives immediately.
Clark says it’ll be a studying course of for everyone. She nonetheless has plenty of questions, however she’s thrilled about what’s forward.
“I feel commercials, I feel advertisements on social media will certainly be two of the largest for me,” Clark mentioned.
On the subject of faculty athletes making a revenue off their identify – the alternatives are limitless.
College of Iowa basketball participant Jordan Bohannon partnered with a fireworks retailer for a meet-and-greet and an opportunity for individuals to win a pair of his game-winning sneakers.
College of Nebraska volleyball participant Lexi Solar began her personal attire line.
Auburn College quarterback Bo Nix signed a cope with a candy tea manufacturing firm.
Proper now, there’s no cap to the amount of cash they’ll usher in.
“It may be every part from a spokesperson for a enterprise or business entity, to being a social media influencer, to promoting their autographs,” Clerry mentioned. “Cameo movies have change into extremely popular – someone pays so that you can ship a video message whether or not it’s a birthday message or congratulations message to someone.”
Clark says she’s already been made some provides, however no contracts have been signed but. She says she plans to be very intentional with the alternatives she chooses to pursue.
“The largest factor for me is, I didn’t wish to say ‘sure’ to all people as a result of that’s probably not who I’m and what I wish to characterize,” Clark mentioned.
“I wish to be sure that I’m aligning with the suitable individuals and doing my analysis. It’s virtually like a enterprise now and that’s form of the way you assume and in order that’s form of the strategy I’ve taken to it.”