Team FanClub FAQ
Team FanClub Inc. provides NIL Agreements that allow NCAA alumni and fans to sponsor NIL contracts directly with their favorite NCAA team or student-athletes.
Yes, sponsors (alumni, fans) get a genuine financial relationship with your college team or individual athlete and its totally legal.
Yes, alumni, coaches, team leaders, and friends of the university can build campaigns from $5,000.00 to $20,000,000.00 using our platform technology.
Yes, www.teamfanclub.com has the largest inventory of 1,145 NCAA Schools in Division I, II, and III. Listing over 15,000 Sports teams. We are set up for every revenue or non-revenue team in the NCAA to get a portion of NIL.
Yes, a NIL business relationship with athletes now has no interference from the school like before.
Yes, now your NIL transaction will be permitted and compliant as Team FanClub provides a consistent legal contract for payment and tax withholding to student-athletes with financial discipline with monthly payments, instead of a lump sum.
Yes, custom donors can request a custom solution with our concierge helpdesk. Custom donors can pay by ACH or check.
Yes, fans can use their social media, contacts, and alumni families to grow the campaign for the schools’ athletes!
Yes, fans can help stabilize transfers for coaches with a consistent monthly income for athletes on the team. Players only get paid when they stay enrolled at the school.
The transfer portal has created a higher risk for fans and coaching NCAA teams. The transfer portal has put fans at risk with sudden roster changes at end of every season in almost every sport.
Fans create an additional recruiting tool to help coaches harvest portal transfers.
The www.teamfanclub.com solution works for everyone when done properly!
Starting November 5th, College Athletes on Men's or Women's NCAA Basketball Teams registered with the Team FanClub database can opt into their group licensing agreements and participate. Students Register Here
For NCAA Athletes to benefit from Team FanClub Group Licensing Agreements, they must be registered on the Team FanClubs database, enrolled in an NCAA institution, academically eligible, and meet all of the school's code of conduct requirements. International student athletes on an I-20 visa are not eligible to receive payment at this time.
Every Athlete can allow one additional person designated and approved by the Athlete to review their Group Licensing Agreement(s) outside of the School Compliance.
Because of the different laws in each State and each NCAA Institution, the NCAA Athlete will need to take full responsibility for self-reporting all of their NIL agreements, including Group Licensing Agreements with their school.
Team FanClub offers Alumni and Fans the chance to build donor campaigns for NIL Contracts for your favorite team.
If you can not find a school or team you are looking for, please request assistance through our Helpdesk.
For a Group Licensing Agreement campaign to start:
40% of the Athletes on the roster must be registered with TeamFanClub.com
All contract income is shared equally amongst scholarship athletes, paid monthly.
When the campaign income reaches a minimum of $5,000, or 45-days from the start of the campaign has elapsed, then team payments are dispersed.
To offer a contract and support your favorite NCAA Team or Player at TeamFanClub.com, You must first register here, allowing you to select your school, then you may choose the Men's or Women's team OR Individual Athlete you want to support. Finally, agree to our Terms of Service and you're on your way!
Our Contracts do not restrict or interfere with Individual Athletes' ability to sign other NIL deals outside of the Team Fanclubs Group Licensing Agreement.
There are three levels of Commitment to your Team or Athlete:
- Monthly payments
- One-time payment
- Custom Payment only through our HelpDesk
Blue Star Athlete is a student-athlete who has economic conditions with his/her family in which they cannot afford a hotel stay to come see their son or daughter play. This situation is a real need for some specific student-athletes. Up to 40% of student-athletes on a roster live further than 200 miles away from their school. At Team FanClub, we believe that sponsoring a Blue Start Athlete will give unbelievable satisfaction to parents who struggle to travel just to watch their son or daughter play. Sponsoring a Blue Star Athlete allows donors to take care of hotel expenses for a student-athletes family or guardian so they can attend a game to cheer them on in competition. This is our solution to a 100+ year old problem.
(1) The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), formed in 2003, is the main federal agency that administers U.S. immigration law; (2) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is a subset of DHS and the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), a subset of ICE, regulates student immigration, such as by tracking foreign student employment information; and (3) nonimmigrants, such as foreign students, are in the U.S. temporarily and these students are typically classified as F-1 Visa holders.
Yes, foreign students who pursue a degree in the U.S. are allowed to work in very limited circumstances --employment that is generally permissible includes (1) on campus work up to 20 hours per week (whether related to their field of study or not); (2) Curricular Practical Training (CPT), or practical training tethered to a student’s curriculum (i.e., such as an internship); and (3) Optical Practical Training or typically a one year work permit post-graduation related to the student’s field of study.
There is grey area, If a foreign student is required to provide services in exchange for compensation, generally the employment must fall under one of the three exceptions above. If a foreign student is provided compensation without providing any services, that would likely be permissible under immigration law. In other words, the crux of the legal issue centers around whether the foreign student is required to perform services for the compensation (e.g., “active income”) or whether the student receives the compensation without having to perform any work (e.g., “passive income”). NIL activities likely fall somewhere “in between” (it is worth mentioning that group licensing may be considered passive income, given that athletes are typically just receiving compensation without performing any services or work).
In addition to active versus passive income, some of the key questions to consider include where the NIL activity is being performed, for instance, immigration status is not violated when an athlete is physically engaged in activities outside of the U.S., such as in their home country. Even if an athlete created a website abroad but modified the site in the U.S. (and received income from a brand in conjunction with the site), it could be classified as active income. On the other hand, if the athlete did not modify the site in the U.S. and created it abroad, (and still received income from a brand in conjunction with the site), it might be considered passive income (and therefore permissible). Social media NIL activities can also be very nuanced, for example, posting on Instagram on behalf of a brand (without compensation) is likely permissible, but if that brand paid money to the athlete after the athlete posted on behalf of the brand, that question is more unclear – this is where federal guidance is needed. The NCAA’s NIL Interim policy further complicates matters given that a quid pro quo relationship is generally required for athletes to receive NIL compensation.
A legislative fix may include the Congress passing legislation specifically authorizing NIL activities. A regulatory fix may include formal rulemaking from DHS or guidance establishing a policy that NIL activities authorized under a state statute would be permissible for all F-1 students, incident to their immigration status.
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