Magic Johnson, Edgerrin James and Oregon Ducks are the latest to launch unique NFTs

As the crypto market crashes, the sports world is still launching new digital assets. In this week’s NFT roundup, Syracuse and Oregon announce firsts in the NFT space, the National Basketball Retired Players Association strikes a deal to give away collectibles, there’s a launch by the ex-NFL running back Edgerrin James and Magic Johnson is making a big investment.

Syracuse becomes first school with athlete NFTs

Syracuse University announced a multi-year partnership with Fantastec SWAP, the first of its kind in the NCAA, which will provide the creation of NFTs that feature the likeness of its athletes and Syracuse brands and logos.

“We are thrilled that our student-athletes are benefiting from their Block S likeness,” Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack said in a statement. “…As the first NCAA program to collaborate with Fantastec SWAP, our student-athletes have another unique opportunity to expand their name, image and likeness portfolio and engage with our fans in ‘a new and innovative way.

ARIA signs a partnership with the National Basketball Retired Players Association

The NBRP has signed an exclusive five-year partnership with ARIA to provide collectible NFTs to nearly 1,500 NBA, WNBA and Harlem Globetrotters legends.

The first set of digital collectibles is expected this summer and will feature Clyde Drexler, Grant Hill, Karl Malone, Hakeem Olajuwon, Bill Russell, John Stockton, Isiah Thomas, Jerry West and Dominique Wilkins.

Oregon offers NIL opportunity to benefit female athletes

Division Street – a University of Oregon-focused NIL company formed by Phil Knight and former Nike executives aimed at helping the school’s athletes – is launching a new NFT collection called Visions of Flight to benefit all participating female athletes at Oregon.

Visions of Flight will run under Division Street’s Ducks of a Feather NFT platform and is designed by artist Lili Tae in collaboration with basketball player Sedona Prince and 11 other female athletes from Oregon.

Athletes who participate will equally share 75% of NFT revenue, with 25% retained by Division Street to offset project costs. When a Visions of Flight NFT is sold on a secondary market, a 10% royalty will be placed in a Division Street wallet to benefit Oregon Athletics.

Pro Football Hall of Famer Edgerrin James launches first NFT

James, the former Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals star, launched his first limited-edition NFTs using Upstream’s user-friendly, carbon-neutral exchange.

There are 200 NFTs posted by James, priced at $50 each. Each NFT commemorates their induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame by featuring a unique, signed custom 1975 Chevy Caprice Classic with custom leather seats signed by many Hall of Famers. Along with a collectible, buyers could also receive additional benefits and experiences only available to NFT holders.

Magic Johnson buys two virtual teams in new NFT sports league

On June 16, Johnson announced its acquisition of new football and basketball franchises in SimWin Sports, the world’s first digital sports league.

“I’m so excited to be involved with SimWin, which is leading the way in one of the hottest new industries and has a great team leading the charge,” Johnson said in a statement. .

Built on proprietary Web3 technology, each player owner can share multiple league revenue streams, earn salaries, performance bonuses, fantasy sports, and aftermarket revenue.

Other SimWin owners include sports and entertainment celebrities such as Jerry Rice, Marshall Faulk, Mike Singletary, Tracy McGrady, Penny Hardaway, LaMelo Ball, Jen Welter, Suzanne de Passe and Nick Carter.

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