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!