As Florida State University considers bolting the ACC as the landscape of college sports — specifically football — continues to be in flux, one thing is certain. The Rising Spear, FSU’s NIL collective, will be in good hands as its chosen Basepath as its exclusive NIL operations software.
Rising Spear is made up of two distinct entities to help Florida State athletes make the most of their name, image, and likeness rights.
First, there is the not-for-profit Garnet Spirit Inc. which is “dedicated to empowering FSU student-athletes to make a positive impact on underserved communities in Tallahassee.” Then there is Gold Standard, which “paves the way for student-athletes to embrace the full potential of their Name, Image, and Likeness through strategic partnerships with local, regional, and national corporations.”
“Basepath’s NIL athlete operations software is a game changer that will help our student-athletes excel both on and off the field,” said Chief Operating Officer of Rising Spear, Will Cowen in a press release. “By joining Rising Spear, you empower a holistic support system for our student-athletes’ journey to greatness.”
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Basepath CEO Thomas Thomas Jr. echoed Cowen’s enthusiasm about the partnership, saying, “We’re excited for the impact this alliance will have on FSU’s campus and in the Tallahassee community. Our advanced operations technology will improve the lives of Seminole student-athletes through enhancing their productivity, and ultimately, their success.”
Florida State isn’t the only NIL collective that Basepath powers. The company’s software is used by more than 40 collectives around the country, including the University of Louisville 502 Circle Collective and Foundation, the University of Minnesota Collective Dinkytown, and FAU Paradise Collective.