NIL deals have circulated across college sports at a rapid rate. We have seen plenty of deals from other sports, not just football and basketball. Volleyball, tennis, and track and field are a couple of other sports to see its athletes’ sign NIL deals.
However, we have a brand new, record-breaking development that might change sports even more. According to Jeremy Crabtree of On3.com, the entire St. John Bosco High School football team has signed a NIL deal.
“In what is believed to be the first ever teamwide high school NIL deal, KONGiQ is providing a NIL opportunity for each member of the Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco football team… California was the first state to allow high school athletes to enter into NIL agreements. So, it’s acceptable for St. John Bosco football players to participate in the NIL deal with KONGiQ – a sports performance, equipment and wellness technology platform.”
NIL deals at the high school level are allowed in 17 states across the country, but this is the first of its kind to see the entire team ink a deal.
The players will use the KONGiQ app to post personal experiences and use social media to their advantage. The app tracks athletes’ progress for their sports performance and training, and KONGiQ is now utilizing one of the top teams in the nation (they are No. 1 in many rankings).
St. John Bosco head coach Jason Negro acknowledged the importance of this as well: “It is critical that student-athletes have access to the best wellness, strength training and sports performance technology available with KONGiQ.”
The NIL world continues to evolve quickly, and now high school teams as a whole are diving into the spectrum and utilizing this law. It is only legal in 17 states for now, but more and more states might consider using NIL to the advantage of high schools.