CORRECTION: Dahlgren was not on the team plane, as previously reported. She was traveling separately and was informed of the NIL situation by sources via phone and text. The story has been corrected to reflect this information.
UPDATE: Less than five of the MSU football players with NIL SD4L Collective deals will continue to receive cash from their deals, 6 News Sports Director Audrey Dahlgren says. Everyone else is “on pause until further notice.”
LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Spartan Dawgs 4 Life, owned by Spartan alum Steve St. Andre, has canceled all of its “Name, Image, Likeness” contracts with MSU football players, effectively immediately.
NIL contracts are a formal way for student-athletes to earn income for their work. They came after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the NCAA in an anti-trust action. That was a 2021 unanimous decision and cleared the way.
St. Andre is also a mega-donor, 6 News Sports Director Audrey Dahlgren reports. She says players started receiving emails about their deals while on the flight to Iowa, sources tell Dahlgren. After they landed, Interim Coach Harlon Barnett called a team meeting and explained the situation to clarify what was occurring with the NIL deals regarding SD4L.
MSU officials have not responded to inquiries.