Legendary Stanford women’s basketball manager Tara VanDerveer took contented with however LSU gymnast Olivia Dunne was earning large bucks successful name, representation and likeness (NIL) sponsorships.
Dunne, a inferior going into the 2023 season, has 1 of the largest societal media followings of immoderate collegiate jock crossed immoderate athletics antheral oregon female. She reportedly earns astir $2 cardinal with assorted sponsorships specified arsenic the activewear marque Vuori, American Eagle and Planet Fuel. She is besides signed to 1 of the biggest agencies successful WME Sports.
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Head manager Tara VanDerveer of the Stanford Cardinal speaks to reporters earlier a signifier league with the squad astatine Target Center connected March 31, 2022 successful Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Stanford Cardinal volition play the UConn Huskies connected April 1, 2022. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
She boasts much than 6.2 cardinal followers connected TikTok and 2.3 cardinal followers connected Instagram. The 20-year-old astatine times posts scantily clad photos and videos, which is partially the crushed wherefore her marque is arsenic incredibly palmy arsenic it is.
VanDerveer, a staunch protagonist of women’s rights who was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, said she saw the inclination arsenic a "step back" for pistillate athletes.
"I conjecture sometimes we person this swinging pendulum, wherever we possibly instrumentality 2 steps forward, and past we instrumentality a measurement back," she told The New York Times successful a caller interview. "We're warring for each the opportunities to compete, to play, to person resources, to person facilities, to person coaches, and each the things that spell with Olympic-caliber athletics.
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Olivia Dunne attends the 2022 ESPYs astatine Dolby Theatre connected July 20, 2022 successful Hollywood, California. (Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
"This is simply a measurement back," she added.
Dunne told the insubstantial she is arrogant of what she has been capable to execute with the floodgates opening for NIL deals.
"Seven figures," she said. "That is thing I'm arrogant of. Especially since I'm a pistillate successful assemblage sports. There are nary nonrecreational leagues for astir women's sports aft college."
The New Jersey autochthonal is besides an accomplished collegiate gymnast and has proven to excel connected and disconnected the floor.
Olivia Dunne attends the 2022 ESPYs astatine Dolby Theatre connected July 20, 2022 successful Hollywood, California. (Momodu Mansaray/WireImage)
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When she archetypal started astatine LSU successful 2021, she made the SEC’s First-Year Academic Honor Roll and was a WCGA Academic All-American arsenic well. She was a WCGA All-American successful the uneven bars and, successful 2022, was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll too.
Ryan Gaydos is the sports exertion for Fox News Digital.