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.

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Creators & Guests

Alumni Direct
Alumni Direct offers you a new way to connect. We have created a platform where alumni and athletes from all walks of life can network and collaborate.
Trent Clark
3-time Major League Baseball World Series CoachCEO of Leadershipity - We Help Leaders Create Teams of Coachable Champions
SportsE Media
SE is a digital sports media brand & production co for executives & entrepreneurs engaged in sports

What is NIL4U?

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.