• Tiffany Rigby

Panthers want to diversify women getting paid

The Panthers said it will sign any interested and eligible FAU female athlete to a deal under the

new rules that allow college players to capitalize on their name, image, and likeness for

endorsement opportunities.




This decision came after the Panthers were looking for one female athlete to endorse but could not decide on one.The search for the female athletes began after they struck a deal with Miami quarterback D’Eriq King earlier this summer. If endorsed, the FAU athletes will be invited to attend Panthers gamesand engage with their social media followers, receiving some team merchandise in return.



Interested FAU athletes will register with Dreamfield, a company King co-founded, to redeem

the Panthers’ offer. Dreamfield has partnered with the team to manage the deals.

There are a lot of businesses out there that are doing deals with full teams, but they’re all on the

men’s side of things,” Panthers chief strategy officer Sam Doerr said. “And we said, ‘Why not do

that on the female side of things?’ We talked about basketball and a couple of other sports at

FAU, then decided we didn’t want to leave anyone out and said we’d just make the offer to

everybody.”



FAU has women’s teams in basketball, beach volleyball, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, diving,

tennis, cross-country, track and field, volleyball and more, that makes a total of just over 200

female athletes who can potentially benefit from deal. No other major sports franchise is known

to have made such an offer

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