Good morning, and thanks for your continued support of Extra Points.
I've been thinking a lot about a conversation I had with a mid-major AD a few months ago.
This AD was telling me about one of their baseball players. This player was unlikely to become a first-round MLB draft pick, but was a very good college baseball player who would project as a regular contributor for a Top 25 program. The AD's school was a solid team that expected to compete for a conference championship, and the player expressed a desire to stay at the school. But with a long, lucrative professional baseball career being an uncertain prospect, the athlete and his family wanted to know if they should transfer to maximize his earning potential now.
The problem was, all parties were struggling to get accurate information. There aren't that many collectives that are public about supporting college baseball players at the moment...if the athlete hit the portal, could he expect $10,000 in NIL money? $25,000? $100,000? $5,000? Coaches and boosters might say one thing, message boards might say one thing, but what could be verified? Who wants to bet the rest of their college career on a rumor?
It speaks to one of the major challenges of the NIL era. Getting accurate, verified information is a real struggle.
Oliver Luck thinks he might have a solution. And he isn't alone.