The University of Utah football team has scored big with an incredible NIL (Name Image Likeness) deal that’s set to put nearly 100 pickup trucks in the hands of scholarship athletes!
This groundbreaking agreement is a result of the NCAA’s new NIL rules, which grant college athletes the opportunity to profit from their name, image, or likeness. Here are the details you need to know.
A Vehicle for Talents
In a move that’s making waves, every scholarship athlete on the University of Utah football team is set to receive a brand-new 2024 Ram 1500 Big Horn pickup truck, complete with the Night Edition package While the NCAA’s new NIL rules are relatively recent, the concept of college athletes receiving new cars as incentives has a much longer history.
Going back to 1979, one of the country’s top football recruits, Eric Dickerson, was highly sought after by Texas A&M. In an astonishing turn of events, Dickerson (who turned down a suitcase filled with $50,000 in cash!) revealed his desire for a Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. A&M, eager to secure his talents, delivered a gold-painted Trans Am—an iconic moment in college sports recruitment history.
A New Era of Opportunity
Today, the NCAA allows student-athletes to pursue deals for new vehicles openly and legally, making this historic arrangement with the University of Utah football team possible. ‘For The Win 360’ (FTW360) has decided to offer these pickup trucks as part of the launch of their video app designed for NIL NCAA collectives.
Each truck is provided by a fleet management company and leased to the athletes. Donors are stepping up to cover the costs of the leases and insurance for these vehicles, with the condition that the student-athletes remain on scholarship and maintain their eligibility to play. With each Ram 1500 Big Horn carrying a price tag of just over $50,000, this generous donation by FTW360 represents a total value of well over $5 million!
The Imported Vehicle Safety Compliance Act of the USA has opened opportunities for several old but legendary cars to be newly available in 2023, passing the USA market regulations. A point to be noted, this regulation only allows cars 25 years old or more to be legal for USA import. So, all these not-sold-in-America cars in this list technically kicked off production in 1998. In this list, we’ve compiled a few of the coolest specimens that turn 25 this year and thus become finally eligible to hit the USA public roads.
Subaru Impreza STi 22B
This Subaru model fetched over a quarter-million dollars at auctions. With a 2.2-liter Boxer engine pumping out more than 280hp, this model reached legendary status in 1999, even earning a pretty cool moniker ‘the Subaru from hell!’ You can now import a Subaru Impreza STi 22B technically under the Show and Display exemption but with a usage limit of 2500 miles a year.
Nissan R34 Skyline
While the Nissan R34 Skyline hit the market by 1998, the iconic Millennium Jade GT-R model didn’t arrive at showrooms until the following model year. So, for now, you can only import into the USA the more affordable version of the Nissan R34 Skyline GTS-T. This rear-wheel-drive model is equipped with a turbocharged inline-six RB20DET and a manual transmission option.
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V
Popularly known as the Evo 5, this Mitsubishi Lancer iteration is reckoned one of the most legendary rally superstars. Its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-banger engine generates about 280hp and also an equal amount of torque. It also features an all-wheel drivetrain and five-speed manual transmission. This award-winning model is finally eligible to import into the USA in 2023.
Honda Accord SiR-T
Both the Honda Accord SiR and SiR-T hit the market in the model year 1997, so, technically they have been eligible for importation in the USA since last year. However, the SiR-T is the better option to import for one simple yet important reason- it features a manual transmission, which wasn’t common in a ‘90s car. The engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder one producing 200hp.
Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion
This track-only GT1 variant of Porsche is too cool to not be included in the list! That being said, unlike many other GT1 models from companies like Nissan, the public production units of this Porsche model actually exist. Especially for its 3.2-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine, this powerful Porsche can hit an astronomical import price of around $11.3 million.