Slovis and Klutch a Good Match?

USC quarterback Kedon Slovis signs deal with Klutch Sports

The deal only became possible three weeks earlier on July 1, when the floodgates finally opened on NIL. A handful of other top college quarterbacks have also since signed with agencies to handle using their names and personal brands to make money. Former Santa Ana Mater Dei and current Alabama starting quarterback Bryce Young signed with CAA and, according to Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban, is already nearing seven figures in revenue off NIL deals.

As his third and likely final season at USC approaches, Slovis could see a similar windfall. The Heisman Trophy contender has yet to announce any sponsorships or NIL deals, nor has he posted any advertisements on his social media channels. But a deal with Klutch Sports certainly suggests Slovis plans to at least explore his capacity to profit off his potential stardom.

The selection of companies allowed to use his name, image and likeness is largely up to Slovis. USC’s interim NIL policy, which was put into place to fill the void before the state’s law goes into effect in 2023, only “strongly discourages” athletes from signing deals related to “illegal substances, illegal conduct, or anything else, including but not limited to sports wagering and supplements, that might impact their NCAA eligibility or long-term best interests.”

The policy does, however, bar Slovis and any other USC athletes from wearing USC gear as part of their NIL activities, including uniforms or team apparel. They’re also not allowed to use or display USC logos, trademarks or other intellectual property owned by USC, including any photos or videos produced by the university.

Any deal Klutch Sports might sign on Slovis’ behalf would have to be disclosed to USC, according to the university’s interim policy.

All state laws and NCAA rules governing NIL allow for college athletes to be represented by agents. But the rules specifically bar that representation from being guaranteed a seat at the table in any future negotiations when an athlete decides to turn pro.

latimes.com

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John Weld
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John Weld (@johnnynumbers)
July 25, 2021 6:18 pm

The Big 12 released a statement today saying that the Big 12 Commissioner and 2 board members met with the presidents of Oklahoma and Texas recently to discuss how change the conference structure in a mutually benefical way for Texas and Oklahoma and the other eight member schools.

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LawyerJohn (@lawyerjohn)
July 26, 2021 12:27 pm
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Used to be. I bet Oregon get better tv ratings today.

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TrojanRJJ (@trojanrjj)
July 25, 2021 12:16 pm

I just read Arledge’s latest on WeAreSC.com. As with him, my ideas are half baked. After reading and watching over the last few days the shocker of OU and TX to the SEC (and it appears quite clear that it going to happen), it seems clear to me that both OU and TX have leadership committed long term to competing for football championships and that leadership is intelligent, pragmatic (read it rejects the ideological “progressive culture”) and not impressed by (nor idolizes) the Ivys (read it seeks to integrate academics and football; they are not just academics who tolerate football).… Read more »

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July 25, 2021 6:02 pm
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I think you and I agree. SC will decide by not making a decision. Not making a decision is a decision. I think SC leadership will let Stanford make its decision. It is awful leadership but it is what SC has in place. My take is the PAC will cease as a Power 5 football power within the next 5-10 years.

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July 26, 2021 2:15 pm
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This situation as you described it, RJJ, just absolutely sucks.

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July 25, 2021 1:44 pm
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You made two good points that I had not thought of yet. 1) What are teachers going to think of athletes making money from their popularity with some of them making more money than they do. 2) Wealth redistribution via the California Franchise Tax Board. This made me wonder about what age can a student athlete start talking to NIL agents and when can they sign with NIL agents because a good agent will end up talking about taxes and this may lead some athletes to consider avoiding California. I know many feel that USC being in the entertainment capital… Read more »

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July 25, 2021 6:06 pm
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John, I think the PAC 12 will do the redistribution. The PAC is the most “woke” of the Power 5. It will take from the stars and redistribute it. The SEC is American, not “woke”, and hence will not engage in redistribution.

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July 25, 2021 4:08 pm
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I prefer to be optimistic about college football, Pac 12 and USC. The Big 12 has been playing football for only 14 years after the Big 8 and Southwest Conference merged. It shuffled again 7-9 years ago, which included the Pac 12. Nothing to say the Big 10, Big 12 and Pac 12 can’t merge into 2, 16 team conferences. Outside of West Virginia, the Big 12 is a mid west conference. Just because USC hasn’t made a change in HFC doesn’t mean they don’t want to when the time is right. Flash forward 6 months, SC has a respected… Read more »

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July 26, 2021 2:14 pm
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Brilliant analysis, RJJ. Once again, USC is in the sad position of having its worst, most liberal, president ever in SC’s long history as a university. This personnel fact could not be the case at a worse possible time; when the college football landscape is soon to become a giant tossed salad.

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July 24, 2021 8:53 pm

The PAC 12 and Big 12 can link up and it would still be a mediocre football conference. Oregon a d USC will still carry the banner with no other real chance for a consistent winner. USC needs to get out from under the conference and link up with other blue bloods. They won’t, but they should.

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July 23, 2021 9:46 pm
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it appears UT and OK to the SEC is a done deal. As I was shocked by this move, nothing that will happen next will surprise me. I think TX teams joining the PAC is crazy. I offered my solution- and that one makes a lot of sense to me. I like NE back to the Big 12 but the problem is money. The Big 10 pays legit money to its teams. The new Big 12 will clearly be a step down. The PAC is at the bottom, so moving from the PAC to the Big 12 is not such… Read more »

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July 24, 2021 9:25 am
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To bad they didn’t put back together the old south western conference, Texas, Oklahoma, USC, UCLA, Stanford, Cal, AZ, AZ St, then throw in Colorado, Utah or BYU. Several other teams could come in also like San Diego St, New Mexico, TCU, Baylor, Ok St. The Pac12 is on life support right now, without a shakeup of some kind it will dissolve. Maybe they could come up with a Northwestern conference for Oregon and WA.

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July 24, 2021 9:16 am
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It seems the location of ND being in Indiana, the Big10 would be the logical place to land if they join a conference, and it would make the Big10 a stronger conference. But doesn’t ND have a sweet deal with NBC now and couldn’t they make it sweeter for ND to stay independent?

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July 23, 2021 6:41 pm
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Wonder how they will realign the east and west divisions in the SEC. If this goes through the Pac 12 and Big 12 can only add Group of 5 conference teams.

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July 23, 2021 6:34 pm
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OOH, Who has more political power? UT or the combined TT, TCU, TAM, Baylor. Sounds like a good ole Texas brawl!🤘

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July 23, 2021 7:47 pm
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I like CFB as much as anyone, but doesn’t the Texas legislature have more important things to worry about?

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July 24, 2021 7:52 am
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Texas and Football, what else is more important out there?

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July 24, 2021 9:18 am
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They have democrats flying around the nation spreading covid and they can’t even prevent that.

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July 25, 2021 8:43 am
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One Ranger, one gang of Democrap thieves….