From Big Sky Conference:
The Big Sky Conference has announced a multi-year, league-wide agreement with INFLCR to provide the INFLCR Verified platform to its full-time member institutions, which will assist each of the conference’s various student-athletes to realize their full Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) potential across every sport.
“The Big Sky Conference is thrilled to partner with the industry leader in this dynamic and evolving space to help our student-athletes maximize their NIL opportunities while simultaneously best positioning our schools to manage this new venture,” Commissioner Tom Wistrcill said. “INFLCR’s history of being an athlete-centric company resonated with our members, and the vision that Jim Cavale and his team have about how we best move forward demonstrated a continued commitment to support our students as they navigate this new day in intercollegiate athletics.”
Navigating name, image and likeness has been a major priority for the Big Sky Conference, and this partnership will go a long way to help educate all Big Sky athletes in how to successfully build their own personal brand and be active in the new landscape of NCAA athletics.
The league office established a Name, Image and Likeness Taskforce in March, chaired by Northern Colorado Athletic Director Darren Dunn, to strategize on the best ways to embrace the new NCAA landscape. The Big Sky will also be hosting a Name, Image and Likeness Symposium next week for student-athletes, coaches and administrators across the league.
“The Big Sky is innovative and strategic in its approach to this new NIL era by supplying the INFLCR Verified product solution to each of its 11 member institutions department-wide,” said Cavale, INFLCR founder and CEO. “Through our partnership, every student-athlete competing for a Big Sky institution is equipped with industry-leading technology and education to build their brand and a successful NIL business for themselves. Each Big Sky institution will benefit from having a system of record for all student-athlete NIL deals and transactions made through the INFLCR Compliance Exchange as they automatically report back to the institution’s compliance team through the INFLCR app. We couldn’t be more thrilled about this historic partnership with the Big Sky and the respective student-athletes that will be empowered by INFLCR’s technology.”
The Big Sky Conference is just the second league to announce a conference-wide partnership with INFLCR. With over 1,000 teams using the platform and more than 40,000 student-athletes active on the app, INFLCR has become an industry leader in the NIL space. INFLCR will elevate the championship experience for Big Sky student-athletes, as the conference office will be able to directly share content with the various participants, along with them being tagged in photos from both Big Sky home and road events that they can share on their social media platforms.
INFLCR provides college athletic departments with the content delivery and compliance platform to assist NCAA athletics programs in the management and monitoring of student-athlete Name, Image, and Likeness activities. INFLCR’s Verified suite of products ensures student-athletes are provided the tools, content, financial literacy, and more to participate in opportunities from NIL legislation.
Powered by flagship new products like the Compliance Exchange administrator dashboard and Storyteller Playbook video library, INFLCR Verified enhances the student-athlete experience by offering a comprehensive solution for responsible brand-building on social media, as well as a fully compliant path to external commercial activity from NIL.
Athletic programs are adopting this approach to educate and prepare staff and student-athletes for new opportunities and complexities from current NIL legislation, aiming to ultimately provide best-case scenarios for student-athletes who are looking to participate in monetization activities from their NIL.
About the Big Sky Conference
Founded in 1963, the Big Sky Conference is a NCAA Division I conference competing in the Football Championship Subdivision. With 165 teams representing 15 institutions in 16 sports (seven men’s, nine women’s), the Big Sky prides itself on its “#ExperienceElevated” platform that emphasizes the unique traits and lifelong benefits that the conference and its member institutions provide to around 4,000 stu-dent-athletes each year.
The conference has 11 full members (Eastern Washington University; the University of Idaho; Idaho State University; the University of Montana; Montana State University; Northern Arizona University; the University of Northern Colorado; Portland State University; Sacramento State; Southern Utah University; and Weber State University) located in eight states across the western United States, plus two football affiliate members (Cal Poly and UC Davis) and two men’s golf affiliate members (Binghamton University and the University of Hartford). Conference members have won 11 NCAA championships, including seven in football by five different members as well as four titles by NAU men’s cross country over the past five seasons.
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