Andre Agassi Foundation helps fund third-party NIL program for UNLV athletes

The Andre Agassi Foundation for Education is "helping fund a third-party name, image and likeness program" called "Friends of UNILV" to "financially benefit UNLV athletes," according to Mark Anderson of the LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL. Blueprint Sports, founded in '20 in Las Vegas with Agassi’s "financial backing, oversees the NIL program." Friends of UNILV Chair Bill Paulos said that "more than $150,000 has been raised" since the program began in October, with "more than $80,000 having been distributed to athletes through deals with businesses and nonprofit organizations." A new website will "go online next week" that will "help connect athletes with business opportunities." Nevada law "doesn’t allow programs" such as Friends of UNILV to "coordinate with UNLV to establish NIL deals, though a state committee has been established to study the issue." Blueprint’s role is to "make sure all the procedures are followed." If an athlete agrees to a deal, such as an appearance at a charity event, that money is "placed into escrow until the person fulfills the obligation." Blueprint is "moving quickly into the NIL game on a national scale." The company has "deals with Arizona, Gonzaga, UNR and Montana State as well as Tennessee’s baseball program"