What is an NIL Collective?

A NIL Collective is a group of the most passionate fans, alumni, and businesses who come together to help create Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) opportunities for the student-athletes (SA) of their favorite university.

What is Blueprint Sports "Friends of" Program?

The “Friends of” Program is powered by our team at Blueprint Sports is a full-service NIL Collective Management Program, and a turn-key solution for the most passionate supporters. Our program ensures industry-leading standards and guarantees compliance with NCAA and state regulations.

Are "Friends of" Programs affiliated
with the schools?

No. Collectives are 3rd party professional services providers. Our programs are dedicated to creating NIL opportunities that exclusively benefit the student-athletes, fans, and businesses of a University’s community.

Our Current Programs

Friends of Wilbur & Wilma

Friends of Wilbur & Wilma

On February 9, 2022, we launched and began to power our first NIL Collective, “Friends of Wilbur and Wilma” for all student-athletes at the University of Arizona. Our team in Tucson is led by local business leader, and Wildcat Alumnus, Joey Medina. Since launching, our team has helped facilitate an NIL deal for members of Arizona Football in partnership with Athlete Assets; the team received a new laptop, and the creation of exclusive NFT trading cards for purchase. Additionally, at this year’s Spring Game, we partnered with Ice Shaker to give the first 1,000 Zona Zoo members in attendance a free custom shaker bottle, and following the Spring Game held an autograph session with 12 members of the team, along with Tedy Bruschi and Lance Briggs. Over 500 fans came through to meet the student-athletes! Our team in Tucson is continuing the momentum from the Spring Game as we look to build out NIL programs for other teams and individuals across campus!

Friends of Spike

Friends of Spike

On March 1, 2022, “Friends of Spike” an NIL Collective around all student-athletes at Gonzaga University was born! Our team in Spokane is led by former GU basketball stars Matt Santangelo & Shaniqua Nilles. To date, we have created NIL opportunities for both the Men’s and Women’s basketball programs, including a surprise appearance at a local AAU Tournament Championship by future NBA Draft Pick Chet Holmgren. Further, Shaniqua has recently started a video interview series with some of the “bench mobs” on the men’s and women’s teams. This summer Friends of Spike will be looking to build out NIL opportunities for student-athletes from other sports.


Friends of Basevols

Launched in Knoxville on April 5th, 2022 around the University of Tennessee Men’s baseball program. A part of the leadership team are current student-athletes Evan Russell, Kirby Connell, and Jordan Beck; additionally, UT Alum Craig Jenkins of the Jenkins Agency is helping bring opportunities to one of the best college baseball programs in the nation!


Friends of UNILV

Blueprint has been working with UNLV student-athletes since Fall 2021, but our team officially launched Friends of UNILV on June 9th, 2022 with the goal of making an impact for all student-athletes on campus. In an effort by community leader Bill Paulos, and GM Lily Turner, Friends of UNILV, will be a leader in the NIL Collective space for Rebel student-athletes. 


Friends of The Pack

Efforts for an NIL Collective for University of Nevada, Reno student-athletes lead by Rick Reviglio and Greg Ferraro, created the opportunity for our team to launch Friends of the Pack on June 13th, 2022. GM Aaron Ford helps cultivate relationships in the community, and facilitate all engagements for the Wolfpack student-athletes. 


Friends of Rocky

The first Mid-American Conference NIL Collective, Friends of Rocky, launched June 13th, 2022. Our team knows the importance of MACtion, with John Hoover and Kevin Jansen leading the program for University of Toledo student-athletes, this will NIL Collective will be a game-changer, launching the Rockets to new heights!


Powering your NIL program with
the Blueprint Sports platform includes:

Direct Payment Solution

Student-Athlete Marketplace




Media Creation Division

Marketing &
PR Division

Merchandising Division



501(c)3 Non-Profit Attorney

NFT Creation & Design

Mike Smith

General Manager

Mike Smith joined Micconope 1851 in March 2023 and is excited to be the General Manager and looks forward to working with Blueprint Sports increase NIL revenue generation for Florida State University student-athletes. Smith comes to Micconope 1851 from Catawba College where he held the title as the Senior Director of Athletics, Development. Prior to working in Athletics at Catawba College, Mike served as the Associate Athletics Director for External Relations at Charleston Southern University. Smith has an impressive background in the collegiate athletics industry, having held senior level development and corporate sponsorship sales roles at The University of Southern Mississippi, Limestone University, the Sun Belt Conference, Florida Atlantic University, and with multimedia rights-holders Tele South Communications at the University of Mississippi, Learfield Sports at UNC Chapel Hill, and with International Sports Properties at Georgia Tech. Smith is a graduate of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and holds a master’s degree in Business Management from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In his new role here at Micconppe 1851, Smith will be responsible for raising major gifts for NIL deals as well as securing NIL corporate sponsorships for Florida State University student-athletes. Mike looks forward to helping ensure the FSU student-athletes have the resources and leadership opportunities to remain competitive nationally and positioned for success well beyond graduation. Mike is married to Katy Smith; the couple looks forward to relocating to Tallahassee, Florida, and becoming a part of the Micconope 1851 and Seminole family!

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