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    WWE signs 15 college athletes to NIL deals

    The WWE has unveiled 15 college athletes who they have signed to NIL (name, image and likeness) contracts.

    These contracts allow college athletes the ability to monetize their name, image and likeness and further enhances WWE’s talent development process.

    The athletes in the program, which is called “Next in Line,” come from four sports: wrestling, football, basketball and track and field. Like a paid internship for pro wrestling, the program will feature year-round access to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando.

    In addition to the Performance Center, these athletes will have access to training in brand building, media training, communications, live event promotion, creative writing and community relations. After finishing the NIL program, select athletes may be offered a full-time WWE contract.

    The inaugural “Next In Line” class includes athletes from 13 universities, and includes representation from myriad countries spanning from Canada and Nigeria. The following 15 athletes join Olympic gold medalist Gable Steveson in WWE’s first-of-its-kind NIL program:

    • Carlos Aviles, of Ventura, Calif., a 6-foot-6, 305-pound track & field athlete from Ohio State University
    • Haley Cavinder, of Gilbert, Ariz., a 5-foot-6 basketball player from Fresno State University
    • Hanna Cavinder, of Gilbert, Ariz., a 5-foot-6 basketball player from Fresno State University
    • A.J. Ferrari of Dallas, Texas, a 6-foot, 200-pound wrestler from Oklahoma State University
    • Lexi Gordon of Fort Worth, Texas, a 6-foot basketball player from Duke University
    • Aleeya Hutchins of Toronto, Canada, a 5-foot-5 track & field athlete from Wake Forest University
    • John Krahn of Riverside, Calif., a 7-foot, 400-pound football player from Portland State University
    • Glen Logan of Kenner, La., a 6-foot-5, 305-pound football player from LSU
    • Isaac Odugbesan of Lagos, Nigeria, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound football player from the University of Alabama
    • Mason Parris of Lawrenceburg, Ind., a 6-foot-2, 275-pound wrestler from the University of Michigan
    • Masai Russel of Potomac, Md., a 5-foot-5 track & field athlete from the University of Kentucky
    • Jon Seaton of Hillsborough, N.J., a 6-foot-1, 285-pound football player from Elon University
    • Joe Spivak of Lombard, Ill., a 6-foot, 300-pound football player from Northwestern University
    • Dalton Wagner of Spring Grove, Ill., a 6-foot-9, 330-pound football player from the University of Arkansas
    • Riley White of Hoover, Ala., a 5-foot-6 track & field athlete from the University of Alabama
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