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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Thomas Fletcher (born October 1, 1998) is an American football long snapper for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He started every game during his four season career playing college football at The University of Alabama where he finished perfect on all snapping duties. During his collegiate football career Thomas earned the honor of the Patrick Mannelly Award, multiple All American Honors, and was named the Nations’ Top Long Snapper. As a two season game captain Thomas played an integral role in Alabama winning two National Championships. As his collegiate career came to a close Thomas was drafted by the Panthers in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Thomas is experienced in an array of different markets having lived different parts of his life in California, Washington, Texas, Florida, Alabama, Arizona and North Carolina.
David Smallhouse, a fifth generation Tucsonan, graduated from the University of California at Davis with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics and from the University of Arizona with a Master of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics.
David currently is the Managing Director of Miramar Ventures, LLC, a firm involved in agribusiness, real estate, private equity, and venture capital investments. He currently serves as a board member of Playability Toys, Western Alaska Copper & Gold Company and I.Me.Mine Digital.
Current civic activities include Trustee of Salpointe Catholic High School, Director of the University of Arizona’s Tech Launch Arizona, Executive Board Member of Sun Corridor, Inc., Board Member of Start Up Tucson, Trustee of the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Board Member of the Tucson Medical Center Foundation, Finance and Investment Committees of Tucson Medical Center and a Member of the Eller College National Board of Advisors. David is also a member of the Tucson Airport Authority, and the Tucson Conquistadores
Ron Boreta, a former student-athlete on the golf team at UNLV, has served as President of All-American Sports Park, Inc., the parent company of All-American Golf Center, Inc, since 1992, and has been Chief Executive Officer since August 1994.From 1983 to 1995, Ron served as Chief Executive Officer of Sporting Life Inc., where he was the owner and operator of 75 golf shops that operated under the name of Las Vegas Discount Golf & Tennis.Mr. Boreta and his brother John currently own four retail golf stores in the greater Las Vegas Valley.
Tom Fletcher, former student-athlete, graduate of San Diego State University and NFL player, is the Senior Vice President of Marketing Partnerships for the Phoenix Suns (NBA) and Phoenix Mercury (WNBA).Fletcher possesses more than 20 years of professional and collegiate sports experience. Most recently, he spent seven years as a Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development at IMG College, where he oversaw all revenue generation, of multimedia rights over 16 western Division I athletic institutions.Fletcher spent almost a decade as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) corporate sponsorships team and as vice president of corporate sales and service, managed revenue generation and service for the team and Rose Garden Arena (now the Moda Center). Before joining the Trail Blazers, Fletcher was the Director of Marketing and Sponsorship for the Special Olympics of Northern California.Tom and his wife Tamy have two college-aged children, Thomas and Molly. Thomas plays football at the University of Alabama, while Molly plays volleyball at the College of Coastal Georgia.
Steve Miller, a graduate of Bradley University, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, is the Chief Executive Officer of Agassi Graf Holdings. He is responsible for three for-profit entities (Agassi Graf Holdings, BILT by Agassi and Reyes, and Stefanie Graf Ventures, LLC) plus one non-profit foundation (Andre Agassi Foundation for Education).Miller brings a wealth of experience to these positions. He was the CEO of Power Plate International and the Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. He has served as a senior analyst and adjunct professor at the University of Oregon’s Warsaw Sports Marketing Center. Acting as a critical industry specialist, he worked with the Warsaw Center on various initiatives, including industry outreach and research.From 2000-2005, Miller was President & CEO of the Professional Bowlers Association in Seattle. Prior, Miller was the Director of Global Sports Marketing at Nike for over ten years. While at Nike, Miller served in numerous positions, including Director of Athletics, Director of U.S. Sports Marketing, Director of Sports Marketing for the Asia Pacific Region, and Director of NCAA Sports Marketing.Before his work at Nike, Miller served as Director of Athletics at Kansas State University, where he led an effort to turn one of the country’s most losing football programs into a top-five nationally ranked team and 11 straight bowl games. He also supervised the expansion of the university athletic facilities, including a new 13,500-seat basketball arena, a total football renovation, new indoor and outdoor track & field venues, plus the largest fundraising increase in the school’s history.
Craig Pintens is a member of the Wisconsin Bar, where he earned his Juris Doctor from Marquette University School of Law and his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing cum laude from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. Craig is currently the Athletic Director at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.A proven athletic administrator with leadership experience at national championship-winning programs, Pintens came to LMU from the University of Oregon, where he served as senior associate athletic director for the past seven years. In that role, he helped lead Oregon’s athletic programs to tremendous success in competition and transformed the fan experience, strategic planning processes, athletics operations, promotions, and fundraising while overseeing the marketing and communications departments.Pintens, who served as National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) President in 2013-14, guided each of the revenue-producing departments under his oversight at Oregon to increases and achievement of record numbers. Additionally, Pintens helped Oregon build one of the most influential digital and social presences in college athletics.Prior to his tenure at Oregon, Pintens worked in the athletic departments at Louisiana State University, Marquette University, and the University of Texas-Pan American. As he would at Oregon, as Assistant Athletic Director of Marketing at LSU, Pintens implemented strategic ticket sales plans, leading to record ticket sales and attendance numbers, while also developing a social media strategy that led to one of the largest social media imprints in college athletics.At Marquette, he enacted fundraising initiatives that generated more than $2 million while increasing the donor base by 33 percent. At the University of Texas-Pan American, he managed sales, promotions, and game-day operations; he successfully negotiated the university’s first Spanish radio broadcast deal.Pintens is an accomplished public speaker, appearing at conferences throughout the country. The National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators has honored him with 35 awards in the areas of season ticket campaigns, advertising, ticket sales, new media, video, and corporate sponsorship.Pintens resides in Westchester, CA with his wife, Jill, and children Kaitlin, Jackson, Tate, and Avery.
Qiava Martinez, a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, is the Vice President of Premium Service and Guest Experience for The Las Vegas Raiders, where she has been with the team for the last twelve years.
Before pursuing a career in the sports industry, Qiava was the publisher and owner of Culture Magazine. The magazine was an outlet used by teenage writers to express their life experiences.