Altius Sports Closes Year with 6 Multiyear Extensions as Schools Prepare for Future Changes

DEC. 23, 2021

Tennessee, Georgia and USC join Texas, LSU and South Carolina in re-signing with Altius to maintain NIL education and preparing for other looming issues and opportunities

Altius Sports Closes Year with 6 Multiyear Extensions as Schools Prepare for Future Changes

CHICAGO, December 23, 2021 – Altius Sports Partners (“Altius”) has announced multiyear contract extensions with the athletic departments of the University of Tennessee, the University of Georgia and the University of Southern California. The new agreements follow the firm’s earlier announcements of long-term extensions with the University of Texas, Louisiana State University and the University of South Carolina.

Altius, an official partner of leading collegiate athletic departments and sports properties, has specialized in developing and managing programs around important issues related to Name, Image and Likeness (“NIL”) as well as providing partners with strategic guidance, consultation and holistic educational support.

These six extensions reflect the changing nature of college athletics, as administrators are thinking beyond NIL – and preparing for long-term issues and opportunities. Through its unparalleled industry expertise, wide range of services and intellectual resources, Altius’ comprehensive approach is designed to help all college stakeholders navigate the impending issues and opportunities. As part of its multiyear agreements, Altius will continue to provide ongoing management and consultation as it relates to NIL and the evolving collegiate landscape.

Topics such as pending legislation, group licensing, commercialization, donor engagement, branding and IP issues, and corporate relationships will continue to be essential points of emphasis with each partner school. Additionally, building on already established platforms and discussions surrounding athlete career development, money management, and social justice along with recruiting, women’ sports and the interplay of Title IX, will remain a key focus as well.

Supported by operational leadership and a best-in-class client services team, the Altius network of partners and advisory team members includes:

• David Carter, Executive Director of the USC Sports Business Institute, and a professor of sports business at USC’s Marshall School of Business.
• John Entz, 14-time Emmy winner and former President of Production at Fox Sports, SVP at MLB Network and producer at ESPN.
• Gabe Feldman, sports law expert, Director of the Tulane Sports Law Program, Associate Provost for NCAA Compliance and Co-Director of Tulane Center for Sport.
• Renie Anderson, one of the most powerful women in sports, currently serves as the CRO and EVP, Partnerships at the NFL.
• Jené Elzie, former Pac-12 college athlete, former VP of International Marketing for the NBA and current Chief Growth Officer for Athletes First Partners, sister company of Athletes First, the largest NFL talent representation agency in the country.
• Oliver Luck, sports business leader whose experiences have included roles as Commissioner of the XFL, EVP for Regulatory Affairs and Strategic Partnerships for the NCAA, and Athletic Director at West Virginia University.
• Michael O’Hara Lynch, world-renowned sports marketer and former global head of sponsorship marketing at Visa, Inc. and global head of consulting at Nielson Sports, currently partner in 3 Emerald Marketing.
• Jessica Mendoza, former Pac-12 college athlete and Olympic gold medalist, is a broadcaster for ESPN and the first woman to serve as an analyst for nationally televised MLB games.
• Kenneth Shropshire, 30-year veteran of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and current CEO of the Global Sport Institute and professor at Arizona State University.
• Malcolm Turner, highly regarded sports business executive, served as Vice Chancellor and Athletics Director at Vanderbilt University and President of NBA G League.

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About Altius Sports Partners

Altius Sports Partners is a leading firm that delivers consulting, strategic planning, compliance support and education to its clients. An official partner of leading collegiate athletic departments and sports properties, Altius provides strategic solutions on topics ranging from NIL to the shifting landscape of employment and media rights within college athletics. The firm currently represents athletics departments at LSU, Texas, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, USC, Indiana, Oregon State, Washington, Duke, Purdue, Arizona and Northwestern. ASP has also partnered with Women Leaders in College Sports. Providing all stakeholders – athletics departments, coaches, and college athletes – with resources they need to thrive in the new age of college athletics, Altius leverages its deep reservoir of sports business sophistication to help those impacted to prepare and excel. We have built a team of cross-disciplinary leaders to reach higher levels of education, higher access to opportunities and higher standards of excellence.