Akem also shared an Instagram post promoting TIDL Sport, a company that sells topical sprays and performance creams for herbal cryotherapy. The company was started by former UFC champion Conor McGregor and describes its product line as sports recovery.
“I think a lot of people knew it took a long time for players to enjoy their name, image and likeness,” Akem said. “More than anything, I just think it’s cool that we have these abilities and if things come up we can do it, we can benefit from it, we can benefit from our own name and image and likeness. think this is a great opportunity for us.
Second-year offensive lineman AJ Forbes takes advantage of the NIL through a different avenue: merchandise sales. He felt that he had a long-standing entrepreneurial spirit, which he believed he had inherited from his father, and he wanted to test it after graduating with a major in psychology and a master’s in business administration.
When NIL opportunities were suddenly cleared, he took the plunge selling t-shirts, hats, water bottles, fanny packs and baseball jerseys at ajforbesbrand.com July 25. These items have a logo using the letters “A” and “J” – designed by a friend who’s into the graphics, he said – and sometimes include his UM jersey number, 57.
“I just thought I have a platform, and ultimately I want to be able to help other people with this whole NIL situation,” he said. “Right now it’s just kind of a way to make some extra money. I’ve had pretty good success with it, and I appreciate everyone who was involved in purchasing this stuff. I look forward to doing other things in the future. “