BLACKSBURG- Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) in Blacksburg, VA is changing again. Weeks after announcing its alignment with Virginia Tech as a preferred partner of NIL solutions, Commonwealth NIL has introduced its subscription service. This service is an opportunity for investors to ensure student-athletes have consistent NIL opportunities.
This subscription service will have three tiers for investors – Walk-on, All-American, and Campus Legend. Each tier will include benefits matching the level of investment. A few of the benefits include an exclusive investor coin, autographed pictures from a student-athlete, prize giveaways, and access to exclusive events.
Membership to Techsideline.com is one of these offerings.. Tech Sideline has been serving the Hokie Nation for over 25 years. With flourishing social content, a podcast, and a highly active message board, Tech Sideline will offer Commonwealth NIL investors an elite product for Hokie fans to take advantage of. Will Stewart, founder of Techsideline has worked behind the scenes for months on this partnership.
“Tech Sideline is excited to enter into this partnership with Commonwealth NIL. Together we’ll be able to bring NIL opportunities to athletes that are fun for the fans, will help Virginia Tech athletes prosper in the NIL marketplace, and will create an unprecedented connection between the athletes and the fans that root for them. Commonwealth NIL has some innovative ideas in the NIL space, and we’re glad to be a part of what they’re doing to bring athletes and fans closer. Not only can Virginia Tech compete in the NIL space, but they can win.”
Founders Nick and Forrest Rush could not be more thrilled with the progress and this milestone for the collective.
“When we started Commonwealth NIL, we knew that in order to be successful we had to engage all of Hokie Nation. That’s why we are excited to announce our subscription service which allows all Hokie fans to participate in NIL activities”, Forrest Rush said.
“By partnering with Techsideline.com, which has been the online leader in providing VT Sports entertainment and commentary since 1996, we will be able to reach Hokie Nation far outside of the Blacksburg town limits.” – Nick Rush
The collective is growing and evolving and this Summer intends to be busy at Commonwealth NIL, with athlete signings, events, and more product releases coming soon. In addition, to the new partnership with Tech Sideline, Commonwealth NIL has been aligning the collective with local charitable organizations. One of the important goals for the collective, along with the student-athletes they will work with, is giving back to the community. Commonwealth NIL is proud to announce multiple partnerships.
This effort hits home for Nick and Forrest Rush. Not only is the Rush Family a family full of Virginia tech alum, , but they have lived in the Blacksburg area and the New River Valley their entire lives. Community growth is something they have prioritized.
“In addition to reaching the Hokie Nation fanbase to create a successful NIL environment for VT Athletes, we want our star athletes to be active in supporting endeavors that make our community better. We are also proud to announce our affiliation with Buddy Check 22 and the Gaye Whitaker Memorial Fund. Buddy Check 22 is a program aimed at preventing veteran suicide with the local group headed by Marine Corps League Detachment #1190. The Memorial Fund is a 501c3 charity that helps women battling cancer who are local to the New River Valley. We are in the process of naming other local charities with which we will align.” – Nick Rush
Perry R Patterson; Commandant Marine Corps League New River Valley Detachment #1190
“Being a participant and associated with the NRV Buddy Check and a member of the veteran community, I am excited by the energy and exposure Commonwealth NIL and the student-athletes they represent can bring to raising awareness for veteran suicide.” –
Lora Howard, Vice President, Gaye Whitaker Memorial Fund
“We are excited to partner with Commonwealth NIL and their athletes. We look forward to working with them in helping bring awareness to our efforts in service to our community.”
As we move through the ever-changing world of Name, Image, and Likeness, collectives like Commonwealth NIL will need to be innovative in the way they help promote student-athletes and be grounded in the community to ensure the collective fits the spirit of the New River Valley. Commonwealth NIL’s alignments will only help further the ties to Hokie Nation – local and across the country.