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Father and son create platform for University of Illinois athletes to receive compensation by selling NFTs of themselves

Steve Thayer and his son Ryan Thayer

By Myrna Petlicki, Pioneer Press, Dec 04, 2022 Steve Thayer and his son Ryan Thayer wanted to offer financial help to athletes from their alma mater, the University of Illinois. They found the answer when a Supreme Court ruling last year allowed college athletes to receive compensation for the use of their name, image, or […]

NFT Platform Supports College Student-Athletes


–NEXTNAME selling multi-media NFTs to fans– Chicago, IL, December 6, 2022 — NextName is offering fans the opportunity to purchase the “name, image, likeness” (NIL) of a college team and individual players through the sale of their NFTs. NextName mints NFTs on the Flow blockchain developed by Dapper Labs. The majority of net proceeds of […]

University of Illinois Men’s Basketball Team Signs with NextName

Illinois Mens basketball

-Platform allows fans to support individual players or the entire team- Chicago, IL, November 20, 2022 – Being a fan of Illini men’s basketball just got a lot more interesting. The entire Illini basketball team has signed up with NextName to sell their digital collectibles. Fighting Illini fans can now purchase digital collectibles, also known […]

NextName Offers 250 Exclusive ‘Chasing History’ Digital Collectibles

Chase Brown Chasing History NFT Token

Fans of Chase Brown and his Heisman Trophy journey can support him now CHICAGO, Nov. 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Starting today, the first 250 fans and supporters of celebrated University of Illinois running back Chase Brown can purchase a NextName ‘Chasing History’ digital collectible. Brown’s name has been rumored to be on a list of […]

NCAA Clarifies NIL Rules for Institutions

By Steven Thayer On October 26, 2022, the NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors unanimously voted to clarify how schools and collectives can be involved with the name, image and likeness (NIL) activities of enrolled student-athletes.  The Board found it necessary to provide additional guidance to schools and booster organizations on a number of key […]

NextName hopes to be a part of NFT growth in NIL

NIL Deal

BY STEVEN MCAVOY Julia Roberts once said, “never underestimate the power of dinner.” Steve and Ryan Thayer can attest. In November 2021, Steve, an alumni of the University of Illinois attended a dinner hosted by the university alongside various friends and boosters. The biggest topic of discussion was NIL. “The University put together a dinner […]

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