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Discussion in 'The Mainboard' started by hogfan6494, Dec 14, 2009.
We just tapped that Stephen’s money.
Oh shit! bertwing is going to be so pissed about more games in Little Rock
Tough luck old man. The Hunt’s stepping up
Looks like jb hunt is stepping up to the plate
Win again, just aggravating it takes this long to figure out the team/rotations.
Is this good?
It's hilarious to me how many people on twitter RT that guys rankings. They make absolutely no sense most the time.
What? This is very scientific stuff here....
If judging by the next tweet about ND and none of the fans actually going to the school then Arkansas is ranked too high. Agree with the list if that’s the criteria of fans not being alumni or actually going to the games of the teams they’re fans of.
longer piece on the JB Hunt NIL organization
Hunt heirs announce new NIL organization; JD Notae is first signee
by Paul Gatling ([email protected]) 17 hours ago 7,876 views
Heirs of the global trucking company J.B. Hunt Transport Services in Lowell announced Wednesday (Jan. 26) a new organization they hope will guide college athletes in the new era that allows them to profit from their name, image and likeness (NIL).
Bryan and Mandy Hunt of Springdale, son and daughter-in-law of Johnelle Hunt and the late J.B. Hunt, announced details of Athlete Advocate Consortium (AAC). In a news release, the Hunts describe AAC as operating “in the best interests of the athletes while making a positive impact on the local community.”
According to the release, AAC’s first signee is Arkansas Razorback basketball player JD Notae.
“NIL policy has given college athletes the option to enter the business world, but with great power comes great responsibility,” Bryan Hunt said in a statement. “AAC connects these college athletes with a local nonprofit, not only to give back to a cause they care about but to also bring awareness to all of the good these organizations are doing to help our communities.”
Financial details of Notae’s contract with AAC were not disclosed. According to the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office, Bryan Hunt filed paperwork to create the Athlete Advocate Consortium limited liability company in October 2021.
An AAC spokesman was not immediately available to answer additional questions.
Notae has chosen to work with Samaritan Community Center, a Northwest Arkansas nonprofit providing food and other resources to families living in need.
“Growing up in a family that struggled to put dinner on the table from time to time, this issue is close to my heart,” Notae said. “I’ve always felt like if I was ever in the position to help another family who needs a little help making sure their kids get good meals I would. AAC has given me the opportunity to put the spotlight on Samaritan Community Center so all the members of our community can see the good work they do and learn about ways they can help.”
Debbie Rambo, executive director of Samaritan Community Center, said Notae’s personal experience will help give a voice and raise awareness to the level of need.
“Many people across Northwest Arkansas are unaware of the extent poverty and hunger exist in our region,” Rambo said. “That’s why Samaritan Community Center is excited to partner with AAC and especially JD Notae. He is passionate about drawing attention to this issue, and community collaboration is so important to the efforts of helping at-risk families in our community thrive.”
Mandy Hunt said in addition to giving back to the community, AAC differs from player-management organizations by focusing on the athlete’s future in the long term.
“Our interest in these athletes is far greater than how many followers they currently have on social media,” she said. “We care about their success long after they’ve played their final game wearing their team jersey. We also look at players who haven’t always had it easy growing up, those who could use a support system to help them accelerate their journey off the court or playing field.”
On July 1, 2021, the NCAA announced a landmark rule change providing athletes with varying degrees of new protections and opportunities to make money by selling their NIL rights.
At the University of Arkansas, anticipating the law change, officials announced the Flagship program in May to help Razorback athletes capitalize on the process and navigate state laws and various guidelines as the NCAA works with Congress to create overarching federal legislation. Campus partnerships with the Sam M. Walton College of Business and Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation highlight the program.
UA officials said 159 Razorback athletes had entered into NIL agreements representing all 19 sports and approximately 375 deals by mid-December.
Muss now has 60 wins as the UofA coach, more than any other coach in the conference since he was hired in 2019.
Thoughts on this hire?
Well, look on the bright side, we don't have any young DL for him to fuck up
It’s a good thing we’re already used to not having any 4 star talent on the DL so we won’t have to break stride
So tell me how you guys really feel about it
This is not encouraging.
Bryan Hunt on NIL venture: ‘Either you think it’s genuine, or you don’t’
by Paul Gatling ([email protected]) January 30, 2022 9:00 am 2,585 views
Bryan Hunt is heir to one of the largest transportation companies in North America.
He’s also a generous guy with a great sense of humor. It’s helped him deal with some misinformed reactions to his latest business venture.
“I always turn everything into humor,” he said. “Let’s just say I have been laughing a lot.”
He commented to the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal 24 hours after announcing Athlete Advocate Consortium (AAC) on Wednesday (Jan. 26). Hunt is the son of Johnelle Hunt and the late J.B. Hunt, founders of Lowell-based J.B. Hunt Transport Services. He and his wife Mandy formed the new organization to guide college athletes in the new era that allows them to make money from their name, image, and likeness (NIL) while remaining eligible to compete.
AAC will connect nonprofits with college athletes, who are now allowed varying degrees of new protections and opportunities to make money by selling their NIL rights. The NCAA announced the rule change on July 1, 2021.
JD Notae, a senior on the University of Arkansas basketball team, is AAC’s first signee. Hunt said the company would use Notae’s NIL to benefit the Samaritan Community Center (SCC), a food pantry and soup kitchen in Northwest Arkansas and a longtime recipient of the Hunts’ philanthropy.
Bryan Hunt is a wealthy UA alumnus (class of 1983), and he and Mandy are ardent Razorback supporters. They have the means to financially support certain players as they see fit — legally — through NIL.
But considering the new money era remains a complex issue on the college sports landscape, and the idea of paying amateur athletes still takes getting used to, it was not surprising that Razorback sports fans didn’t correctly grasp AAC’s business model.
In some corners of social media, overzealous Razorback fans hailed the news as J.B. Hunt Transport starting a company to pay UA athletes — current or potential. It’s not.
One report referred to Bryan and Mandy Hunt as J.B. Hunt executives. They are not. Bryan Hunt is a J.B. Hunt board member and the managing member of several private companies, including Hunt Automotive LLC.
“Don’t get me wrong, we’re very close to J.B. Hunt Transport, and that’s near to our heart, and I enjoy serving on the board,” he said. “But this is strictly a Bryan and Mandy Hunt opportunity that we felt like there was a need for.”
AAC is also not a nonprofit group. According to the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office, Bryan Hunt filed paperwork to create the Athlete Advocate Consortium LLC in October 2021.
“Under advisement from several legal entities, we decided to establish AAC as a limited liability company,” he said. “It was important to us to assist, not compete with, various 501c3 organizations by being one ourselves.
“The creation of AAC is and never will be about personal financial or taxation gains for us. This is all about promoting and assisting community nonprofits through the usage of student-athletes as their advocates.”
Hunt didn’t disclose the investment to start AAC or the financial details of Notae’s contract. There will be more deals announced, possibly even with non-Razorbacks.
In Notae’s case, depending on time commitments, he will raise awareness about SCC in several ways, including work, attending fundraisers or media appearances. The center is nearing the start of a $14 million capital campaign to build a new facility in Rogers.
Notae’s contract with AAC has a sunset clause, meaning the Hunts have his NLI rights for a specific, undisclosed period.
“If [Notae] chooses to go past that, we’ll make that decision together,” Hunt said.
A UNIQUE ARRANGEMENT
Bryan Hunt grew up in Northwest Arkansas. As a longtime Razorback supporter, he’s cultivated friendships with several UA coaches and administrators and personally gotten to know many players. He said he always found it awkward to see college students who could use some help, but he couldn’t legally assist them because they played sports, no matter how trivial.
“I saw an athlete walking down the sidewalk one day, and I was getting ready to pull over and give them a ride,” he recalled. “One of the athletics administrators was in the car with me, and he said, ‘No, you can’t do that. You can’t give him a ride to campus.’ Of course, by nature, I was going to do it anyway. And he said, ‘No. You’re not.’ And he was very serious. So I didn’t.”
Less than a year after one of the most significant rule changes in the history of college sports, like it or not, NCAA athletes at the highest level (Division I) are in line not just for car rides but for large bank accounts.
According to USA Today, at the University of Texas, one group is dangling $50,000 a year for individual offensive linemen while another says it already has $10 million promised for Longhorns athletes. At the University of Oregon, billionaire Nike founder Phil Knight is part of a group helping Ducks athletes line up deals. Knight is just one of many interested parties with deep pockets jumping in alongside the apparel companies, energy drink companies, car dealerships and restaurants already signing athletes to endorsement deals.
Several Razorback athletes have announced deals with numerous companies paying them for their NIL rights. Notae has a NIL deal with a Fayetteville restaurant, and Hunt said AAC contracts don’t require exclusivity.
The fledgling industry’s actual size is unknown due to the lack of a public clearinghouse that tracks NIL compensation and activity.
Most schools have hesitated to release details provided by their athletes, citing privacy concerns. However, UA athletics director Hunter Yurachek tweeted on Jan. 7 that 159 Razorback athletes had earned nearly $1 million in NIL compensation through 385 agreements since July 1.
AAC’s arrangement is unique because the focus is not on monetizing college athletes and the companies that engage them.
Josh Lens is an assistant professor of recreation and sport management at the University of Arkansas and consults for universities and conferences regarding legal and NCAA matters. He said AAC’s facilitation of pairing athletes to charities or nonprofit groups is an example of what he considers “peak NIL.”
He referenced two University of Iowa football players using their NIL to raise significant funds for a local children’s hospital and an organization that seeks to prevent stillbirth.
“While other, perhaps flashier NIL arrangements across the country may receive national headlines due to the involvement of brand new cars or large compensation amounts, NCAA enforcement staff scrutiny may accompany those headlines if universities use NIL as a recruiting inducement or if the arrangement constitutes pay-for-play or an impermissible extra benefit under NCAA rules,” Lens said.
Terry Prentice is the UA’s senior associate athletic director for athlete brand development and inclusive excellence. The university hired him in March 2021 specifically to help the athletics department stay on top of policies and NIL-related compliance issues.
He said that with the NIL space being so new, the UA had encouraged local businesses, Razorback donors and fans as a whole to ask questions and understand parameters before acting.
“Bryan and Mandy did exactly that,” he said. “They came to us in the early fall looking for some perspective and asking questions about NIL. They shared that they intended to support student-athletes and the community as a whole while doing so compliantly. After several conversations, they felt confident enough to develop the [business] framework for AAC, including disclosing necessary agreements with our student-athletes to the UA.”
Prentice said colleagues from around the country had shared positive feedback about AAC with him and others on the UA brand development team, including Yurachek and deputy athletics director Jon Fagg. They’ve shared that reaction with the Hunt family.
“Through seven months, we’ve seen quite a bit of what I will call traditional — or what we thought was traditional a year ago — version of NIL, including radio ads, TV commercials and in-store appearances,” Prentice said. “However, what stands out to our peers is the comprehensive approach in financially supporting the student-athlete, building their professional network and then helping connect to a local cause the student-athlete is passionate about.”
Chris Wyrick, an AAC spokesman, said he fielded nearly 50 inquiries about the company in six hours after the Hunts announced the endeavor Wednesday. They ranged from athletes, agents, college administrators and startup companies working in the NIL space.
JD AND J.B.
Mandy Hunt is passionate about Razorback basketball and rarely misses a game sitting courtside at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.
“I love the kids,” she said. “And I’m not afraid to meet them, reach out to them or congratulate them after the game with a big hug. That’s how I met JD.”
A Georgia native, Notae is in his second season in Fayetteville after transferring from Jacksonville (Fla.) University. He’s one of the top players in the Southeastern Conference, averaging nearly 19 points per game.
Notae had a hardscrabble life as a boy. Raised by a single mother, he sometimes didn’t know where he would sleep or where his next meal would come from.
Mandy Hunt knew pieces of his background but wanted to dig deeper.
“There is more to that player than just that jersey and what they do on that court,” she said.
As the Hunts got to know more about Notae and Bryan Hunt dug deeper into NIL involvement, the initial idea of a business model started to crystalize. On Oct. 6, through a friend, the Hunts invited Notae to their east Springdale residence to share their proposal.
“You could not put two better [sides] together than JD Notae and the Samaritan Community Center,” Bryan Hunt said. “Put it this way — we’re not that smart. There was a higher purpose that brought this together. It was just phenomenal to listen to him talk about what he wants to do with his life and his goals and objectives.”
Hunt said learning more intimately about Notae’s youth reminded him of his father. A sharecropper’s son, J.B. Hunt was born in 1927 and grew up poor in north central Arkansas during the Great Depression. He quit school at 12 to help support his family.
“He’s had a really hard life,” Hunt said of Notae. “And you’d never know it from talking to him or spending time with him. You’d think the guy lives next to the Queen of England because of his attitude and outlook on life. He reminded me so much of talking to my dad. JD’s not one to talk much about it.”
Hunt said a handful of AAC deals will be announced this spring but did not disclose the nonprofits or athletes involved.
He responded to naysayers who say AAC comes across more to pay athletes instead of achieving a charitable objective.
“Either you think it’s genuine, or you don’t,” he said. “Don’t get me wrong. Some people are going to abuse NIL and take advantage of the athletes. We’re already seeing that from the athletes we’re talking to about this.
“We’re not going to pay somebody to support an organization. That’s not what we do. What we do is put athletes and organizations together. Now, the athlete does need to be compensated. But it’s got to be the right athlete, and it’s got to be about community service. It can’t be about NIL. NIL needs to be the bridge that allows us to work with an athlete to do this.”
Anyone feel that earthquake 45ish min ago?
Got a report it was a 5.8....
I didn't notice anything in LR
just had a little love tap on the bum here.
Didn’t realize anybody else on here lived in LR with me. Well I’m in NLR but I work downtown. Cheers!
You got Hogview too
We have to band together to defend our city from the uppity elites who live in NWA.
I'm in the west little rocks
Go fuck yourself Central Scumbag wannabe elite!
I felt it here in Tulsa. Shook my business for a few seconds
I shook my business this morning too iykwim
Well when you get to be our age, you kinda have to shake it a bit to make sure you don't get piss all over yourself when you put it back in your pants.
If people only knew how much piss residue we walk around in…
Still preliminary stages, but working on a trip to Fayetteville for Gamecocks @ Arky second week in September. Looking like just me and the GF as of now, but possibly some friends joining. Any advice for a visiting fan? Deciding between flying into town on Thursday or Friday AM. Wasn't planning to rent a car, but it looks like airport is a bit out of town, and the Marriott I looked at is 5-6 miles north of campus so may need to do that if Ubers are spotty. Looked at a few AirBnBs near campus as well. What's the word on tickets/gameday scene? Pretty much just thinking out loud, I'm open to any suggestions at this point.
Please contact devine for help with flights
Airport is about a 25 min drive from Fayetteville. If you’re staying near Dickson St (which is just off campus) then you’ll be fine and shouldn’t need to rent a car. Campus has a ton of hills and can be exhausting to walk around though.
There is tailgating on the south, north and west sides of the stadium in the surrounding lots. Most everyone is welcoming to opposing fans and will be glad to have you stop by. You’ll have your occasional drunk trash talking douchebags I’m sure.
You looking at Marriott in Springdale? I usually recommend staying off Weddington like me/bd/devine did because you’ve got a solid bar right next to hotels, a solid bbq joint right there, and you’re right next to the interstate but still like 2 miles from campus so it doesn’t get too bad. The Catfish Hole is just down the road as well… but there’s a ton of good food spots on Dickson.
I’m a hyatt guy so I stay at the newish hyatt place in north Fayetteville when I stay and it’s across the street from a decent pizza place with good beer selection you can walk to as well. Every time I’ve stayed in Springdale or Bentonville for a game weekend I’ve hated myself for it.
I’d stay close to campus or on Weddington. Same as what bert said, it’d just be a pain in the ass to stay too far from campus. There’s a Graduate on the square now but I bet it’s pretty $$$ on a game day weekend
It’s misleading because it looks close mileage wise but the game day traffic is horrible and you’re really far from everything you’d want to do game day related if you’re going to the game.
Yeah the graduate was like $450 a night or something this past weekend or some shit
We stayed in the one in Oxford when we’d go there but it wasn’t on home game days. It’s nice and pet friendly but fuck that unless that’s for 2 couples.
This place would be the shit. The calendar doesn’t go to Sept so you may have to call them.
An Airbnb nearby the campus/Dickson would be nice as well. I’m sure there’s a ton of them now.
I’ve stayed here. It’s kinda cool but the walls are paper thin if you are trying to bump uglies that might kill the mood (unless you have a noise machine!)
that was an anomaly, normally half that
What if my noise machine is just the sounds of people bumping uglies?
It’s a dump
You’re a dump
Was in vegas over the weekend
If the dump I took Sunday morning was a recruit if would be a 6.1 five star. Saban would’ve made it a priority
Thanks for sharing
Want a pic?