The Florida Panthers have signed a quarterback.
Miami quarterback D’Eriq King has turn out to be the primary faculty participant to signal an endorsement cope with the Panthers, the NHL crew introduced Monday. King will seem at some Panthers video games and occasions, plus have interaction with followers on social media and produce digital content material.
The deal additionally requires King to work with the Panthers to develop a merchandise assortment, co-branded artwork and his personal unique concession menu merchandise to be accessible in any respect Panthers house video games and occasions for the approaching season.
Monetary phrases weren’t disclosed.
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D’Eriq King (@DeriqKing_) has signed as our first-ever FLA Athlete, changing into the primary collegiate athlete to signal an NIL settlement with a professional sports activities crew!
— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) August 9, 2021
“D’Eriq is a celebrity each on and off the sector and we’re excited to achieve and interact South Florida sports activities followers in new methods by means of this collaborative partnership,” Panthers chief technique officer Sam Doerr stated.
The Panthers have been the primary U.S. main professional sports activities crew to develop a plan during which faculty athletes may align with them as a part of the current rule permitting them to revenue off their identify, picture and likeness. King has been amongst one of the crucial sought athletes within the nation since gamers may start signing such offers this month; the Panthers’ contract is no less than the sixth recognized deal that King has entered into this summer time.
“The entire NIL factor, I feel it is actually good for faculty soccer,” King stated final month on the Atlantic Coast Convention’s preseason soccer media days. “My factor was work with good firms. You may’t work with all people. You need to work with firms that align together with your core values. You do not need to go on the market and work with that firm, that firm, that firm.”
It took the Panthers about three weeks between unveiling this system and signing King, and the crew plans to signal extra athletes rapidly. The Panthers have stated they worth variety and wish feminine athletes and people from Olympic sports activities to be a part of their program.