State Farm to sponsor SMSU volleyball night on Oct. 22
State Farm agent Kevin Anundson has inked an NIL compensation deal with former Minneota Viking standout volleyball players Natalee Rolbiecki and McKenzie Tolk, freshmen at Southwest Minnesota State University.
State Farm will sponsor a highly-anticipated match between the No. 7-ranked SMSU Mustangs and the No. 3-ranked Wayne State Wildcats on Oct. 22.
State Farm/Kevin Anundson also sponsored an SMSU volleyball match last season and awarded complimentary tickets to the entire Minneota Vikings team and coaches.
The current Minneota team is expected to receive tickets again in order to watch their former teammates play for the Mustangs.
The NCAA rule on allowing athletes to sign NIL (name, image and likeness) deals went into effect on July 1, 2021. The new rule allows athletes to start signing NIL deals in which they can profit on their name, image and likeness. Athletes can be paid for things like signing their autograph, developing their own merchandise, promoting products or services, and event appearances.
Previously, NCAA athletes were forbidden to profit off of their celebrity and fame.
Because this type of compensation will be utilized more by standout Division I athletes, Anundson is planning to compensate a small amount to Rolbiecki and Tolk for this sponsored match.