Compiled By DANIEL SONNINSHINE
The recent NCAA policy change, which allows college athletes to profit from their name, image, and likeness, has opened the door for athletes to make deals for endorsements, advertisements, and more. This has certainly made for interesting developments in wrestling, as well as other sports. Here’s what New Jersey wrestling enthusiasts from the New Jersey Wresting Forum Facebook page are saying about it:
On July 1, at 2:00 p.m., Mike Abromitis shared the following comment and link to an article about two college wrestlers’ new endorsement deals , “Gable Steveson and A.J Ferrari already with business deals, it’s a whole new world for College athletes !” https://www.twincities.com/2021/07/01/gable-steveson-tanner-morgan-are-first-gophers-to-have-business-deals-in-new-era/?fbclid=IwAR3YKYleQYFWIsAhFd4MuW9_tngcQtO1V5pvIFdbV0h4T52ZTxp2wY5snXM
He then shared this link to college wrestler AJ Ferrari’s tweet announcing his partnership with an apparel company, “https://twitter.com/mrfasttwitch/status/1410629223862181894”
Nelson Dilone commented, “Ferrari knew what he was doing this whole time lol”
Scotty Moore added a gif of a violin player and commented, “Played them like this. I knew what he was doing but can’t make reckless comments to grown folks”
Jimmy Palo replied to Dilone’s comment with, “Nelson Dilone so what. For years college’s and the ncaa owned these kids and reaped all the benefits. The student/ athlete was gone a long time ago. The ncaa could give two shots about these kids as long as they brought in revenue. It’s about time thing have changed”
Nelson Dilone’s reply was, “Jimmy Palo it’s 2021. That’s it lol”
Jimmy Palo replied with, “Nelson Dilone exactly. Let them get there’s. They are the face of the product”
Angela Binetti Varga wrote, “Awesome”
Jennifer Whitney Correa commented, “Nice. Good for them.”
Yvonne Dailey posted, “Good for them!”
Philip Bocchino commented, “Wow”
Lou Cooke added, “Two very smart student athletes. Y’all better get on this gravy train!”
Bobby Ayala said, “I can only imagine how guys like Reggie bush, etc feel lol”
Clee Torres stated, “Good for them”
Tom Martin added “Beginning of the end.”
Mike Kennedy said, “Rudy…Rudy…Rudy!”
No doubt, there will be ongoing talk about wrestlers’ moves as a result of this new ruling.
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