NIL4U

Rob Finklestein and Trent M. Clark

Hosted by two renowned figures in the NIL space, Rob Finklestein and Trent M. Clark, this podcast dives deep into the dynamic intersection of sports, business, and personal branding. Rob Finklestein, the founder and CEO of Alumni Direct, brings his expertise from leading “Athletes Entrepreneurs: The Alumni Journey,” a podcast that sheds light on athletes transitioning from sports to the business realm. Trent M. Clark, a 3x World Series champion and CEO of AIM NIL Academy, complements the discussion with his profound insights from educating athletes about NIL systems and entrepreneurial strategies. He is also the voice behind the “Winners Find A Way” podcast, featuring interviews with notable athletes and business personalities. read less
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NIL Agent | Scott Eisenstadt
2d ago
NIL Agent | Scott Eisenstadt
In this episode, Rob and Trent are joined by Scott Eisenstadt, an NIL agent, to discuss various NIL-related topics. They cover interactions with collectives, the impact of smaller Division I programs, opportunities and challenges for athletes, social media and marketing criteria, differences in NIL opportunities, and parental expectations and misconceptions. The principal themes discussed include the importance of transparency and information sources in the NIL landscape, the use of recruiting tools and facilities to attract athletes, the impact of the transfer portal on player opportunities, the potential for NIL deals to contribute to charitable causes, and the lack of transparency in the valuation and reporting of NIL deals.NIL Agent | Scott Eisenstadt | TakeawaysNIL collectives have different processes for distributing funds to athletes, and some schools are still catching up with NIL regulations.Smaller Division I programs that gain national attention can attract more opportunities for athletes, but geography can still limit NIL opportunities.The amount of NIL opportunities for athletes varies based on factors such as social media presence, talent, and geography.Parents may have misconceptions about the potential earnings from NIL deals, and transparency among athletes and their families is important.Athletes not interested in managing their own NIL deals can benefit from working with agents who can handle the business side of things. Transparency is a significant issue in the NIL landscape, with a lack of information about the value of deals and the distribution of funds.Universities use recruiting tools and facilities, such as new trucks and state-of-the-art weight rooms, to attract athletes.The transfer portal allows athletes to explore new options, but careful consideration is needed to ensure the best outcome.NIL deals can be used for the good, with athletes giving back to their communities and supporting charitable causes.The lack of transparency in the valuation and reporting of NIL deals makes it difficult to assess the true value of opportunities.Scott Eisenstadt | LinkedIn | NIL Empire website Connect:Listen to the NIL4U Podcast: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | SportsERob Finkelstein: Linkedin | WebsiteTrent Clark: Linkedin | WebsiteSportsE Media: YouTube | TikTok | X | IGOther NIL Podcasts and Articles:NIL Pros and Cons | The College Game Is Changed ForeverUsing NIL to Change Lives | Ball State Softball Players Emma Eubank and Hannah DukemanJaiden Fields | Growing Up With Justin Fields, UGA Softball, and WWE NIL Next
Empowering Athletes Through NIL with Orlando Arnold
Mar 13 2024
Empowering Athletes Through NIL with Orlando Arnold
In this episode, hosts Rob Finkelstein and Coach Trent are joined by Orlando Arnold, founder and CEO of Pyramid Sports and Entertainment. As a former Alabama State baseball player turned MLB agent, Orlando shares his journey and insights into the evolving NIL era. An episode about empowering athletes through NIL.Welcome to the NIL4U Podcast, an enlightening journey into the world of Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL), brought to you by SportsE Media.Topics discussed in this episode:Orlando Arnold's Path: From choosing Alabama State to becoming a key figure in sports management.NIL Evolution: Understanding the impact of NIL on student-athletes and the importance of education in making informed decisions.Unique NIL Deals: Exploring groundbreaking NIL agreements, including Orlando's work with athletes and brands.Professional Athletes and NIL: How figures like Christian McCaffrey support college athletes through NIL initiatives.NIL for Good: Highlighting partnerships between athletes at Ole Miss and their contributions to social causes through NIL.Realistic NIL Expectations: Educating athletes and their families on what to realistically expect from NIL opportunities.Lifelong Learning in Sports: The importance of adaptability and continuous learning for athletes navigating their careers and NIL possibilities.Connect with Orlando: Instagram | LinkedIn | Pyramid Sports and EntertainmentConnect:Listen to the NIL4U Podcast: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | SportsERob Finkelstein: Linkedin | WebsiteTrent Clark: Linkedin | WebsiteSportsE Media: YouTube | TikTok | X | IG
Entrepreneurship & NIL with Thomas Coke
Mar 6 2024
Entrepreneurship & NIL with Thomas Coke
In this episode of NIL4U, we talk NIL with Thomas Coke, a multifaceted entrepreneur, lawyer, and expert in branding and alternative finance. Thomas shares his wisdom from his extensive experience in launching ventures and navigating the NIL landscape, mainly focusing on the role of entrepreneurship in leveraging NIL opportunities for student-athletes.Welcome to the NIL4U Podcast, your guide to understanding and maximizing the potential of NIL in college athletics, presented by SportsE Media.Topics discussed in this episode:The significance of alumni engagement in expanding NIL opportunities for current student-athletes.The success of Campus Inc in the NIL market and what student-athletes can learn from it.Challenges faced by institutions like Florida State with NIL violations and how to navigate them.Inspirational stories of athletes who have successfully leveraged their NIL for greater opportunities.The UConn women's basketball team's philanthropic use of NIL jerseys to support cancer research -- this is the positive impact athletes can have beyond sports.The importance of the scholar-athlete model in the era of NIL and how it benefits student-athletes academically and athletically.The influence of NIL on small college athletics and the unique opportunities it presents.Practical advice for parents and student-athletes on maximizing NIL benefits while maintaining compliance and ethical standards.Thomas Coke's insights on the future of college athletics and NIL, emphasizing the value of entrepreneurship and strategic branding.Connect with Thomas Coke: Grand Valley State University | LinkedInConnect:Listen to the NIL4U Podcast: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | SportsERob Finkelstein: Linkedin | WebsiteTrent Clark: Linkedin | WebsiteSportsE Media: YouTube | TikTok | X | IG
Empowering Athletes Beyond the Game with Sivonnia DeBarros
Feb 28 2024
Empowering Athletes Beyond the Game with Sivonnia DeBarros
In this episode of NIL4U, we sit down with Sivonnia DeBarros, the Protector of Athletes®, a trailblazing first-generation lawyer and former Division 1 track and field athlete. With her extensive experience in law and a deep passion for supporting athletes, women, and first-generation business owners, DeBarros shares her insights on creating lasting legacies, the importance of proper legal guidance, and navigating the complexities of the NIL era.Welcome to the NIL4U Podcast, an enlightening journey into the world of Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL), brought to you by SportsE Media.Topics discussed in this episode:Sivonnia DeBarros's unique journey from Division 1 athlete to a leading legal expert and advocate for athletes.Representation of professional athletes across NFL, MLS, NBA-G League, and more; and how to protect their interests and legacies.The creation of Athletes Making Moves™ and NILCOMBINE™, initiatives aimed at educating and empowering athletes in the NIL space.DeBarros's role in public speaking, her best-selling publications including "What Are You Sporting About?" and "Athletes Making Moves," and her children's book series, JoJo’s Legal Adventures.Insights on the challenges faced by athletes, women, and first-generation business owners and how DeBarros's work is making a difference.DeBarros’s contributions to legal literature and her mission to educate on sports legal issues through her podcast, What Are You Sporting About?®.Connect:Listen to the NIL4U Podcast: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | SportsERob Finkelstein: Linkedin | WebsiteTrent Clark: Linkedin | WebsiteSportsE Media: YouTube | TikTok | X | IG
NIL Charitable Impact and Complexities
Feb 16 2024
NIL Charitable Impact and Complexities
A conversation on the NIL charitable impact, unique NIL stories, and expert tips for athletes in the ever-evolving NIL environment. Welcome to the NIL4U Podcast, an enlightening journey into the world of Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL), brought to you by SportsE Media.Topics Discussed in NIL Charitable Impact and Complexities:Athletes leveraging NIL for good, including LSU athletes supporting a sports editor with cancer and Arch Manning's significant donation to Ronald McDonald House charities.The challenges of shoe endorsements within NIL, spotlighted by Harper Murray's deal with Avoli shoes and the conflict with university-wide contracts.The expanding reach of NIL into lesser-known sports, illustrated by Learfield's partnership with college rodeo, bringing media attention to the sport.The critical role of trusted advisors in guiding student-athletes through the complexities of NIL deals, emphasizing the importance of legal, financial, and ethical advice to align with NCAA regulations and protect long-term interests.Connect:Listen to the NIL4U Podcast: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | SportsERob Finkelstein: Linkedin | WebsiteTrent Clark: Linkedin | WebsiteSportsE Media: YouTube | TikTok | X | IGOther NIL Podcasts and Articles:What If Johnny Football Had NIL Deals, Louisville NIL Collective, and Integrity in College Sports5 Misconceptions About NIL (Name, Image, Likeness) | A Positive ViewSpecial Episode: LG Transparent Conversations Series – NCAA Episode Part 1: The Big Dance® and the Road to the Elite Stage
The Evolving Landscape of NIL in Collegiate Sports
Feb 9 2024
The Evolving Landscape of NIL in Collegiate Sports
In today's episode, we explored a variety of topics that showcase the evolving landscape of NIL in collegiate sports. We kicked things off with a brief introduction to Alumni Direct, a platform designed to support athletes in their transition out of sports by providing networking opportunities and resources.We then delved into some groundbreaking changes within NIL, discussing the NCAA's consideration to allow schools to play a more active role in helping athletes secure deals and provide resources like graphic design and tax preparation. Trent shared his insights on the potential complexities and the importance of trust in these new dynamics.Highlighting NIL for good, we celebrated athletes like UCLA's backup quarterback Chase Griffin, who are using their NIL deals to make a positive impact on their communities. We also discussed the significance of companies like Mogul, which raised $2.6 million in seed funding to connect athletes with brands through their software platform.A major highlight of the episode was the discussion on the expansion of NIL deals beyond the traditional sports, with Nike signing Stanford cross-country star Charlie Hicks. This opens up opportunities for athletes in less mainstream sports to build their brands and secure sponsorships.We also touched on the current state of high school athletes and NIL, noting that 31 states now allow high school athletes to monetize their NIL. This is a significant development, with states like Georgia and Tennessee recently joining the list.Wrapping up the episode, Trent provided valuable tips for athletes and their families on starting businesses and understanding the financial implications of NIL deals. He emphasized the importance of education, setting up an LLC, and seeking professional tax advice to navigate the business aspects of NIL successfully.Thanks for tuning in to NIL for You. We'll continue to bring you the latest news, stories, and expert advice in the NIL space. Don't forget to check out our website for more information and use the promo code NIL for you to get a discount on NIL education through AIM NIL Academy. Until next time, keep striving for excellence on and off the field.Connect:Listen to the NIL4U Podcast: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | SportsERob Finkelstein: Linkedin | WebsiteTrent Clark: Linkedin | WebsiteSportsE Media: YouTube | TikTok | X | IGOther NIL4U Podcast episodes:NIL for Good: Celebrating Athletes Who Give BackSchmitty’s Herbal Snuff and SF Giants Strength Coach | James CliffordThe Future of NIL Collectives with Rivals Media
NIL for Good: Celebrating Athletes Who Give Back
Feb 6 2024
NIL for Good: Celebrating Athletes Who Give Back
In this episode, we discuss the positive side of NIL deals and how athletes use their platforms positively. NIL for Good!Connect with the NIL4U hosts and producerRob Finkelstein: Linkedin | WebsiteTrent Clark: Linkedin | WebsiteSportsE Media: YouTube | TikTok | X | IGAn episode all about celebrating athletes who give back:We started the episode by highlighting the importance of education in the NIL space. Our main focus is on the positives in name, image, and likeness. We reflect on some heartwarming stories from the past year, showcasing how athletes give back to their communities and make a difference beyond the playing field.Oklahoma quarterback Nick Evers donated part of his NIL earnings to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, demonstrating his commitment to helping terminally ill children.Offensive lineman Tyler Linderbaum from the University of Iowa generously gave $30,000 to the University of Iowa's Children's Hospital, showing that even those in less glamorous positions can make a significant impact.Dillan Gibbons of FSU, a graduate transfer from Notre Dame, raised over $150,000 through GoFundMe for a family in need, exemplifying the power of using one's platform for philanthropy.Michigan running back Blake Corum created a fund to provide uniforms for underprivileged kids, proving that athletes can inspire and support the next generation.Ohio State's Harry Miller extended his generosity beyond U.S. borders by donating to Nicaraguan children, highlighting the global reach of athlete philanthropy.LSU tight end Jack Bech used his NIL funds to support the Dreams Come True Foundation and gave a local high school athlete who lost his leg a taste of what it would be like to play for LSU.Texas quarterback Casey Thompson leveraged his cameo appearances to donate to the "No Kid Hungry" campaign, using his social media presence to fight child hunger.We also discussed a creative NIL deal involving four Iowa State Cyclones players with last names that perfectly matched the pork industry, leading to a unique partnership with the Iowa Pork Producers.In the latter part of the episode, Trent shared invaluable tips on how student-athletes can create social value through their networks. He emphasized the importance of being authentic, focusing on areas of expertise, and being mindful of the content shared on social media.We're excited to continue bringing you the latest and most inspiring stories from the world of NIL. Stay tuned for more episodes where we explore the intersection of athletics, entrepreneurship, and the alumni journey. Thanks for listening, and we'll see you next time!TIMESTAMPS00:00:06 - Introduction to NIL4U Podcast00:00:32 - Trent Clark's NIL Education Discount Offer00:01:01 - NIL for Good Segment Introduction00:01:40 - Oklahoma QB Nick Evers' Donation to Make-A-Wish00:02:16 - Discussion on Nick Evers and Athletes Giving Back00:03:28 - Leadership and Charity in Athletes00:04:18 - Tyler Lindebaum's Donation to Children's Hospital00:05:00 - Offensive Linemen and NIL Opportunities00:05:28 - Dylan Gibbons' GoFundMe Initiative00:06:56 - The Impact of Offensive Linemen in NIL00:07:19 - The Value of Offensive Linemen in Football00:10:47 - Blake Coram's Fund for Underprivileged Kids00:13:31 - Harry Miller's Donation to Nicaraguan Children00:14:17 - Jack Bash's Dreams Come True Foundation Initiative00:16:53 - Casey Thompson's Cameo for Charity00:18:49 - LSU Athletes' NIL Contributions00:21:28 - Iowa State Players' Creative NIL Deal with Pork Producers00:23:59 - Marketing Creativity in NIL Deals00:26:07 - Trent's Tips on Creating Social Value00:31:49 - Importance of Social Media Presence and Creativity00:32:23 - Guarding Social Media Reputation00:34:57 - Wrapping Up and Special NIL Education Discount Offer00:35:16 - Parting Words and AcknowledgmentsConnect:Listen to the NIL4U Podcast: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | SportsERob Finkelstein: Linkedin | WebsiteTrent Clark: Linkedin | WebsiteSportsE Media: YouTube | TikTok | X | IGOther NIL4U Podcast episodes:Schmitty’s Herbal Snuff and SF Giants Strength Coach | James CliffordThe Future of NIL Collectives with Rivals MediaNIL Education and Opportunities: How Athletes at All Levels Can Benefit
Schmitty's Herbal Snuff and SF Giants Strength Coach | James Clifford
Feb 2 2024
Schmitty's Herbal Snuff and SF Giants Strength Coach | James Clifford
An episode featuring the San Francisco Giant's strength and conditioning, James Clifford (Cliffy). He understands the importance of what you put in your body matters -- as a result, he is also the president of Schmitty's Herbal Snuff. A positive impact episode indeed!Connect with each NIL4U host, producer, and this episode's guestRob Finkelstein: Linkedin | WebsiteTrent Clark: Linkedin | WebsiteSportsE Media: YouTube | TikTok | X | IGJames Clifford: LinkedIn | SHS | San Francisco GiantsAbout this NILepisode: Schmitty's Herbal Snuff and SF Giants Strength Coach | James CliffordThe NIL4U guest for this episode is James Clifford. He's the go-to guy for getting players on the San Francisco Giants in top shape. As their Director of Strength and Conditioning, Cliffy knows all about what it takes to keep athletes strong, fast, and healthy. Before joining the Giants, he spent 25 years with the Seattle Mariners, so he's got plenty of stories and experience in the big leagues.President of Schmitty's Herbal SnuffJames Clifford is also the president of Schmitty's Herbal Snuff, a company that gives people a healthier option than tobacco. This stuff is made from tea and other natural ingredients. Clifford got into this because he knows health is a big deal, not just for athletes but for everyone.NIL, Athletes, and ImpactIn this episode, Clifford and the hosts talk about some amazing things athletes are doing with their fame and fortune.The episode highlights the remarkable story of Mady Sissoko, a student-athlete from West Africa, who leverages his NIL earnings to construct basketball courts in his home village, illustrating the profound humanity and community betterment enabled by NIL.The discussion emphasizes philanthropy within NIL, spotlighting initiatives like the Hoosiers for Good collective at Indiana University, which raised $2 million.And finally, we discuss USC’s Juju Watkins, who uses her NIL influence to uplift Los Angeles' underserved communities.The conversation underscores the importance of education in these philanthropic efforts, urging listeners to harness their influence for societal benefit. It's all about using their spotlight to help others and improve the world.More about James Clifford:Current Role: Director of Strength and Conditioning, San Francisco Giants (Since Jan 2024)Previous Baseball Experience: Over 25 years with Seattle Mariners, evolving from Major League Strength Coach to Director of Strength and ConditioningPresident of Schmitty's Snuff: Leading a health-focused company providing a tobacco-free snuff alternative (Since Aug 2023)Expertise in Sports Science: Specializes in athlete performance enhancement and high-performance consultingEducation: Background in Physical Sciences from the University of WashingtonKey Contributions:Baseball and Athlete Development: Instrumental in training and preparing athletes at the highest level of professional baseball, emphasizing strength, conditioning, and sports scienceHealth and Wellness Advocacy: Through Schmitty's Snuff, promoting healthier lifestyle choices within the athlete community and beyondNIL Involvement: Leveraging his positions to highlight and support athletes' use of NIL for personal growth, community impact, and health awarenessConnect:Listen to the NIL4U Podcast: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | SportsERob Finkelstein: Linkedin | WebsiteTrent Clark: Linkedin | WebsiteSportsE Media: YouTube | TikTok | X | IGOther NIL Podcast episodes:The Future of NIL Collectives with Rivals MediaNIL Education and Opportunities: How Athletes at All Levels Can BenefitWhat If Johnny Football Had NIL Deals, Louisville NIL Collective, and Integrity in College Sports
The Future of NIL Collectives with Rivals Media
Feb 1 2024
The Future of NIL Collectives with Rivals Media
An episode about the future of NIL collectives with Brendan Shaw of Rivals Media. This is all about game-changing insights on athlete endorsements, social impact, and the evolving landscape of college sports.Connect with the hosts and producer of NIL4URob Finkelstein: Linkedin | WebsiteTrent Clark: Linkedin | WebsiteSportsE Media: YouTube | TikTok | X | IGRivals Media and Brendan Shaw: Rivals Media website | Brendan's LinkedInAbout this NIL4U episode: The Future of NIL Collectives with Rivals MediaIn this episode of NIL4U, hosts Rob Finkelstein and Trent Clark engage in a thought-provoking discussion with Brendan Shaw from Rivals Media, shedding light on the intricate world of collectives for college athletes. Rivals Media, a groundbreaking social impact gamification platform, aims to establish meaningful connections with Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) collectives. The conversation explores the process of partnering with these collectives, emphasizing the necessity of maintaining an arm's length distance from the school. Exploring the fundamentals of NIL, the hosts and Shaw unravel the distinctions between individual athlete names and school-associated collectives, addressing the nuanced challenges surrounding funding allocation and inconsistent regulations that vary across schools.As the conversation unfolds, the hosts and Brendan Shaw explore the evolving landscape of NIL, emphasizing the rapid pace at which the industry is changing. They navigate the complexities of the American-centric nature of NIL benefits due to student visa employment status, unveiling the layers of red tape that hinder broader international participation. The hosts also discuss current headlines and events, highlighting the positive impact of utilizing NIL for community benefit through nonprofit initiatives. Notably, Rivals Media requires 20% of funds from collective deals to be directed towards charitable causes, showcasing a commitment to social responsibility.The podcast further explores the concept of gamification in the NIL space through Rival Media, providing insights into creating future users by understanding user needs and desires. This episode also discusses the intricacies of 501(c)(3) tax status in the context of NIL collectives, offering valuable information for athletes navigating the intersection of sports, endorsements, and philanthropy. Throughout the episode, the conversation emphasizes the importance of an individual athlete's role, social media's value, and personal networks' power in maximizing reach and overall value in the dynamic world of college athlete endorsements.Connect:Listen to the NIL4U Podcast: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | SportsERob Finkelstein: Linkedin | WebsiteTrent Clark: Linkedin | WebsiteSportsE Media: YouTube | TikTok | X | IGGet all the NIL Podcast episodes:NIL Software: Streamlining Name, Image, Likeness with BasepathNIL Education and Opportunities: How Athletes at All Levels Can BenefitParent of a College Athlete? This One Is For You! – Sports Mom UniversityWhat If Johnny Football Had NIL Deals, Louisville NIL Collective, and Integrity in College SportsThe NIL Landscape with Brian Rammel
NIL Software: Streamlining Name, Image, Likeness with Basepath
Jan 26 2024
NIL Software: Streamlining Name, Image, Likeness with Basepath
This NIL4U Podcast episode is all about NIL software to help in the process of the new collegiate sports era we are now in. We feature the Co-Founder & CEO at Basepath, Thomas Thomas, Jr. Basepath is a NIL operations software company that streamlines NIL activity between fans, collectives, universities, and student-athletes. Basepath automates tasks, contracts, communication, and finances for NIL stakeholders and student-athletes.Connect with the hosts, producer, and episode guest of NIL4URob Finkelstein: Linkedin | WebsiteTrent Clark: Linkedin | WebsiteSportsE Media: YouTube | TikTok | X | IGLearn more about Basepth: Website | Thomas on X | IGTIMESTAMPS for this NIL Software episode00:00:06 - Introduction and Guest Welcome00:00:41 - Trent's Greetings and Introduction of Thomas Thomas Jr.00:01:02 - Thomas Thomas Jr.'s Introduction00:01:18 - Where to Find BasePath00:01:33 - BasePath's Role in the NIL Community00:02:05 - BasePath's Focus on Serving Collectives00:03:46 - Special Offer: Free NIL Wallet from BasePath00:04:47 - The Genesis of BasePath00:07:10 - NIL for Good: Shake Shack and Altius Campaign00:08:18 - Discussion on NIL for Good and Athlete Education00:09:21 - The Importance of Alumni Networks Post-Graduation00:11:16 - Alumni Direct's Role in Networking00:12:19 - Thomas's Alumni Experience00:13:30 - Mental Health and the Transfer Portal00:16:17 - The Complexities of the Transfer Portal00:19:13 - Transfer Portal Time Periods00:20:03 - Revenue Sharing in College Athletics00:23:48 - NIL Academy Education Promotion00:24:44 - Revenue Sharing Model Discussion00:25:51 - Thomas's Perspective on Revenue Sharing00:29:21 - The Inevitability of Revenue Sharing in College Sports00:31:03 - Arkansas Edge Launch Powered by BasePath00:32:27 - NIL for Good and Community Impact00:32:40 - Thomas's Tips on NIL Collectives and BasePath00:33:07 - Consolidation of NIL Collectives00:34:20 - Benefits of BasePath for NIL Collectives00:35:57 - The Benefit of the NIL Wallet for Student Athletes00:36:38 - Closing Remarks and Thanks to GuestGet the first 4 NIL Podcast episodes:NIL Education and Opportunities: How Athletes at All Levels Can BenefitParent of a College Athlete? This One Is For You! – Sports Mom UniversityWhat If Johnny Football Had NIL Deals, Louisville NIL Collective, and Integrity in College SportsThe NIL Landscape with Brian Rammel
NIL Education and Opportunities: How Athletes at All Levels Can Benefit
Jan 23 2024
NIL Education and Opportunities: How Athletes at All Levels Can Benefit
WELCOME TO NIL4U PODCAST! In this episode, we do a deep dive into Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) and its impact on student-athletes. I'm Rob Finkelstein and in this episode, I'm joined by my co-host, Trent Clark, an expert in the NIL space and CEO of Athletic Influencer Marketing and Leadershipity.TIMESTAMPS00:00:03 - Introduction to NIL for You Podcast00:00:51 - Trent Clark's Expertise in NIL00:02:13 - Michigan's Football Program and NIL00:04:33 - Kellogg's Involvement in NIL00:05:44 - Offensive Line NIL Valuation00:07:42 - LSU's Female Athletes Leading NIL00:11:04 - Division 3 Sports and NIL Deals00:14:35 - High School Athletes and NIL Violations00:17:22 - NIL for Good: Athletes Giving Back00:21:58 - Sean James' Community Service Goals00:23:26 - Bridget Sierra's Soccer Ball Initiative00:27:46 - Famous Parents and Their Kids' NIL Deals00:34:17 - Nepotism in NIL Deals00:38:04 - Arch Manning's NIL Earnings00:40:13 - Tom Brady's Influence in NIL00:41:19 - Closing Remarks and Future DiscussionsConnect with us:Rob Finkelstein: Linkedin | WebsiteTrent Clark: Linkedin | WebsiteSportsE Media: YouTube | TikTok | X | IGWe kicked off the episode discussing the evolution of NIL and how it's not just about the financial aspect but also about education and preparing athletes for life after sports. We touched on the importance of earning your keep in the NIL world and how media portrayal might skew the reality of NIL deals.Our first headline discussion revolved around how NIL money has bolstered Michigan's football program. We highlighted the proactive approach of Ohio State and Michigan's impressive comeback in the NIL space, with a special mention of Blake Corum, who has become a poster child for Michigan football and NIL success.We also talked about the involvement of companies like Kellogg's in NIL and how they could potentially partner with athletes for health and wellness initiatives. This led us to discuss the importance of offensive linemen in NIL valuations and how these athletes are setting themselves up for success beyond their playing careers.Next, we shifted our focus to the impact of NIL on female athletes, particularly at LSU, where stars like Olivia Dunn and Angel Reese are making waves. We discussed how their success is not only beneficial for their personal brands but also for the advancement of women's sports and the programs they represent.We then explored the 1926 Collective's initiative at Centre College, a Division III school, and how it's a testament to the reach of NIL beyond the major sports programs. We discussed the collective as a fundraising tool and the potential for similar initiatives at other schools.The conversation took a serious turn as we discussed the new Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) policy that could render high school athletes ineligible for college sports if they commit NIL violations. We debated the implications of this policy and its potential to set a precedent for other states.We also highlighted the "NIL for Good" segment, where we showcased athletes like Sean James and Bridgette Sierra, who are using their NIL opportunities to give back to their communities and make a positive impact beyond the playing field.Lastly, we explored the phenomenon of famous athletes' children securing lucrative NIL deals, questioning whether it's due to their talent or their parents' fame. We discussed the cases of Bronny James, Shaq's son, and Carmelo Anthony's son, Keon, and how their family names might influence their NIL valuations.In conclusion, this episode was all about the diverse landscape of NIL, the importance of education, and the potential for athletes at all levels to benefit and give back. We're excited to continue bringing you insightful discussions on NIL and its evolving impact on the world of collegiate sports.Stay tuned for our next episode, and remember, NIL is for everyone, not just the top athletes. Thanks for listening!
Parent of a College Athlete? This One Is For You! – Sports Mom University
Dec 20 2023
Parent of a College Athlete? This One Is For You! – Sports Mom University
In this episode of NIL4U, hosts Rob Finkelstein and Trent Clark welcome Jamesetta, CEO of Sports Mom University, to discuss the complexities of NIL. They discuss Jamesetta's transition from navigating her children's athletic recruitment to becoming an NIL consultant, focusing on the gaps in parental guidance in sports business. The conversation emphasizes the need for educating athletes and parents about NIL deals, advocating for sustainable partnerships, and informed decision-making in the sports and NIL community. Are you the parent of a college athlete? If so, this NIL podcast episode is for you!Connect with the hosts and producer of NIL4U:Rob Finkelstein: Linkedin | WebsiteTrent Clark: Linkedin | WebsiteSportsE Media: YouTube | TikTok | X | IG About this NIL4U episode: Parent of a College Athlete? This One Is For You! - Sports Mom UniversityIn this episode of NIL4U, co-hosts Rob Finkelstein and Trent Clark engage in a profound conversation with Jamesetta, the founder and CEO of Sports Mom University, exploring the intricacies of Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL). Jamesetta, drawing from her diverse background as an army brat, shares her journey from a parent navigating her children's athletic recruitment to becoming a leading NIL consultant.The discussion explores the gaps in the system, emphasizing the lack of guidance for parents in understanding the recruitment process and the business of sports. Jamesetta underscores the need for athletes to have an identity beyond their athletic prowess and criticizes the current focus on major endorsements over fostering entrepreneurship and community value.The conversation touches on the disparities between star athletes and those from smaller schools, highlighting the importance of thinking on a micro level for potential partnerships within local communities. A cautionary tale is shared about an athlete's uninformed NIL deal with Maserati, emphasizing the need for better education and support systems for families.Throughout the episode, the importance of equipping parents and athletes with the knowledge to make informed decisions, understand contracts, and recognize their value to local businesses is stressed. Jamesetta's insights call for a shift in perspective towards building sustainable, entrepreneurial ventures that benefit both athletes and their communities.The episode concludes with a call to action, urging parents and athletes to educate themselves on the business aspects of NIL and recommending resources like Sports Mom University and AIM NIL Academy. For those wanting to explore NIL further, Jamesetta's work at Sports Mom University is highlighted, with an invitation to join future discussions on NIL4U.As we wrap up the episode, we reiterate the vast opportunities NIL presents for both athletes and businesses. Our goal is to continue providing valuable insights and education on the evolving NIL landscape. Thank you for tuning in, and stay educated on all things NIL.Connect:Listen to the NIL4U Podcast: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | SportsERob Finkelstein: Linkedin | WebsiteTrent Clark: Linkedin | WebsiteSportsE Media: YouTube | TikTok | X | IG
What If Johnny Football Had NIL Deals, Louisville NIL Collective, and Integrity in College Sports
Dec 13 2023
What If Johnny Football Had NIL Deals, Louisville NIL Collective, and Integrity in College Sports
This NIL4U Podcast episode talks about the wild story of Johnny Manziel and what if Johnny Football had NIL deals when he was playing college football for Texas A&M? We also discuss the Louisville NIL Collective signing the women's basketball and volleyball teams and what this means for women's sports around the country. And finally, how does everyone maintain the integrity of college sports with the millions upon millions of dollars changing hands?Connect with the hosts and producer of NIL4URob Finkelstein: Linkedin | WebsiteTrent Clark: Linkedin | WebsiteSportsE Media: YouTube | TikTok | X | IGKey Topics Discussed in this NIL Podcast Episode:The Role of Collectives in NILLegislation and Regulation in NILCreative NIL Deals and EntrepreneurshipMental Health and Social Media ImpactThe Influence of NIL on Lesser-Known SportsNIL for GoodTIMESTAMPS | What If Johnny Football Had NIL Deals, Louisville NIL Collective, and Integrity in College Sports00:00:02 - Introduction and Hosts00:00:23 - Co-host Introduction00:00:35 - Show's Purpose and Topics00:00:56 - Headlines: Johnny Manziel and NIL00:02:57 - Impact of NIL on Athletes' Lives00:03:23 - Louisville NIL Collective Signs Teams00:05:18 - Team Effort and NIL Deals00:07:28 - The PASS Act Discussion00:09:44 - Government Involvement in College Athletics00:10:25 - Financial Aid and NIL Impact00:13:01 - Athletes Giving Back: NIL for Good00:16:18 - Alex Jean Glover's Commitment to Big Brother Big Sister00:19:32 - Acacia Lofton's Passion for Financial Literacy00:20:20 - The Importance of Financial Literacy in NIL00:21:50 - NIL for Good: Athletes Making a Difference00:23:17 - Education Segment: NIL Opportunities00:32:55 - Networking and Building Relationships00:35:40 - Alumni Direct and Networking Post-College00:38:42 - Leveraging LinkedIn and Networking Strategies00:42:25 - Closing Remarks and Next Episode TeaserConnect:Listen to the NIL4U Podcast: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | SportsERob Finkelstein: Linkedin | WebsiteTrent Clark: Linkedin | WebsiteSportsE Media: YouTube | TikTok | X | IG
The NIL Landscape with Brian Rammel
Dec 6 2023
The NIL Landscape with Brian Rammel
Welcome to the inaugural episode of the NIL4U Podcast, where we explore the fascinating world of Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) in collegiate sports.Episode 1: The NIL Landscape with Brian RammelIn this episode, we're thrilled to have Brian Rammel, a pivotal figure in the NIL domain. Brian leads The Owl Collective at Florida Atlantic University. He is also the head of BR Consulting, a marketing firm with deep insights into the role of marketing in NIL.Co-hosts, Rob Finklestein and Trent M. Clark engage in a riveting conversation with Brian. They dissect the latest headlines, including the efforts by senators to rationalize NIL legislation for college athletes. The episode also features an in-depth analysis of the Missouri Collective and its groundbreaking brand deal, turning athletes into stars on frozen pizza packaging.Key Discussions in This Episode:The critical role of marketing in shaping NIL opportunitiesLegislative moves towards nationalizing NIL and what it means for athletesA look at the Missouri Collective's unique approach to athlete brandingThe implications of injuries on NIL deals and athlete careersThe sustainability and future of NIL in the sports industryPredictions and insights into upcoming NIL regulationsWhether you're an athlete, a sports enthusiast, or someone interested in the business aspects of sports, this episode offers a comprehensive look at the evolving NIL landscape. Don't miss our exploration into how NIL is reshaping the future of college athletics.Stay tuned to the NIL4U Podcast for the latest trends, discussions, and insights in the world of Name, Image, and Likeness, presented by SportsE Media.Connect with us:Rob Finkelstein: Linkedin | WebsiteTrent Clark: Linkedin | Website QuietLoud Studios: Youtube | TikTokSE: X | IG