Several colleges and universities are indulging their student-athletes in programs to help them make money from the image they have created by playing sports. This is change is a result of the recent reversal of the ban that was imposed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association on taking on advertisement deals and endorsements. The Supreme Court in the USA had ruled it unlawful, just last month. The lawmaker in the State, however, approved this practice subsequently. Penn State said that they will help students get sponsorship deals with big brands or local businesses and have also partnered with two companies to make that happen. Student-athletes from that university ought to be excited.
Brokerage firms for advertising are all set to make the most of this opportunity. Keystone State will also be joining the 12 other states in the country that will now allow students to pursue endorsement deals. The Chief Compliance Officer of NOCAP Sports Casey Floyd was on a show titled Smart Talk on WITF where he said that many people were ignorant about the law that disallowed students from taking on endorsement deals and working with brands like Nike or even local businesses. He further added that now that this law is reversed, college athletes can make money in different ways and take full advantage of this opportunity to sponsor themselves.
University Helps Out
The University of Pennsylvania has also incorporated a third party in order to enable students to win endorsement deals. The aim is to ensure that their students are only part of deals that are ethical. The Interim Director of Athletics and Recreation at Penn Rudy Fuller said that their college had some bright and talented young athletes who can now capitalize on their image and name.
Temple University Goes a Step Further
This University plans to prepare and launch a program that will educate their college athletes on how to go about signing endorsements and get the best deals.
After Hitting His 660th Home Run, Albert Pujols Ties Up Willie Mays’ All-Time Record
Angels slugger Albert Pujols recently ensured he will go down in history as one of the all-time greats. There are now only four MLB players in history with more home runs than the Angels star, who recently recorded his 660th to tie with Willie Mays.
The Perfect Moment
Not only had Pujols recorded such an amazing home run record, but it was also the key moment in the Angels game against the Rockies. Pujols’ 660th home run came at a pivotal moment in the eighth inning, earning the Angels a two-run score to put them up by one. That swung the game in their favor after being spurred on by Pujols’ amazing achievement.
A Long Wait
The record-tying homer must have felt like a long time coming for the slugger. Pujols had been stuck on 659 home runs since May, with the Angels veteran going 22 games without one. The long-standing MLB veteran now has Alex Rodriguez’s home run record of 696 in his sights.
However, Pujols’ chances of reaching that milestone are hurt by the shortened season. The other players ahead of Pujols on the all-time homers list are Babe Ruth (714), Hank Aaron (755), and Barry Bonds (762). He is contracted to play next year, though, so anything is possible if he finds his groove over the next 18 months.
Holding More Records
Tying Willie Mays for fifth on the all-time home run list isn’t the only achievement recently won by Pujols. The Angels slugger also enters the top five all-time for doubles with 669, surpassing Craig Baggio. His hitting record means Pujols is the only player to surpass 650 homers and 650 doubles.
Albert Pujols will go down as one of the greatest home run artists of all time. With some gas left in the tank, he might even break more records before the veteran calls time on a 19-year career.