New Money, New Opportunities: The Billion-Dollar NIL Industry Revolutionizing High School and College Sports

Top 10 College Athletes Not Profiting from Name, Image, and Likeness

The NIL (Name, Image, and Likeness) deals for high school and college athletes have opened up a new avenue for them to earn money. This has allowed top student-athletes to work with major brands like Nike and Gatorade. For example, LeBron James’ son, Bronny James, has an estimated NIL value of $4.9 million. The introduction of NIL deals in 2021 has significantly changed the landscape of amateur sports.

The University of Iowa basketball star, Caitlin Clark, is making headlines during March Madness not just for her exceptional performances on the court but also for her ability to secure lucrative deals with companies like Nike, Gatorade, and State Farm. This has led to a surge in interest in March Madness sponsorships and influencer-marketing campaigns. According to Ayden Syal, CEO of NIL marketing platform MOGL, these deals have created a billion-dollar industry that allows student-athletes to earn substantial amounts of money regardless of their option to turn professional.

On3 ranks student-athletes based on their annual NIL Valuation, which considers factors such as performance, influence, exposure, and deal data. This valuation is a combination of an athlete’s “Roster Value” and “NIL Value” to determine their total NIL Valuation. While these student-athletes have garnered attention through their talents and social media presence, some top earners may have benefited from having well-known last names. The top 10 student-athletes profiting the most from NIL have valuations starting at $1.5 million as per data available as of March 26th 2024.[

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