Bleav and The Draft Network Partner to Provide the First NIL Podcast Platform for College Athletes
Los Angeles, CA (Oct. 6, 2021) – The Bleav Podcast Network, the #1 network for professionals, and The Draft Network, Football’s 33rd Front Office, announce the launch of University of Miami’s star quarterback D’Eriq King’s podcast “The King & Ragone Show”. King & Ragone will feature D'Eriq and fellow Hurricane teammate Ryan Ragone’s insight into Miami football and the unique life of prominent NCAA athletes.
Link to podcast: https://bleav.com/podcast-show/the-king-ragone-show/
The partnership between Bleav and The Draft Network will provide NCAA student-athletes a first-of-its-kind podcast platform at Bleav.com. The opportunity includes coaching, support, recording, distribution, marketing, and compensation. Under the new Name, Image, Likeness “NIL” rules in NCAA football, student-athletes like D’Eriq will be compensated for their voice through podcasts for the first time.
“I couldn’t be more excited to get started with my podcast,” explains D’Eriq. He continues, “With the new NIL rules and Bleav and The Draft Network’s help, Ryan and I are able to improve our ability towards a future career in media.”
Paige Dimakos, CEO of The Draft Network elaborates, “D’Eriq is a phenomenal talent both on and off the field. We’re looking forward to providing him and other NCAA athletes the off the field media support and coaching they need through podcasts.”
Bron Heussenstamm, CEO of Bleav Podcast Network, agrees, “The industry has been making money off of NCAA athletes’ words for decades. This is an incredible opportunity for student-athletes—from their home—to finally join in on the financial reward of talking college sports... Who knows the game better than the people playing in it!?”
The Draft Network brings the evaluation process to fans through audio, written, and video content all year long, while also gamifying the NFL Draft for every fan to play GM of their favorite team. TDN has become the go-to experience for the digital football fan. For more information about The Draft Network, please visit www.thedraftnetwork.com or @TheDraftNetwork.
Bleav currently distributes over 450 premium podcasts, including more than 150 professional athletes as hosts. All of Bleav’s podcasts are available at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all major podcast directories. For more information about Bleav Podcast Network, please visit www.bleav.com or @BleavPodcasts.
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