Fans who cannot get enough of the most prominent LSU Tigers star athletes are in for a treat. Amazon Prime Video is producing a docuseries that will follow the most popular players in Baton Rouge.
According to Reports, Amazon Prime Video is producing a docuseries titled "The Money Game" to provide an "all-access pass" to the LSU Tigers' most prominent star players. The series will feature Heisman winner Jayden Daniels, women's basketball stars Angel Reese and Flau'jae Johnson, and gymnast Olivia Dunne.
"The Money Game" centers on the NCAA's implementation of the name, image, and likeness (NIL) rights policy and its impact on the lives of college athletics' biggest stars. Shaquille O'Neal will co-produce the series.
Dunne is among the NCAA's top NIL earners, with a valuation of $3.5M. According to On3, such ranks behind Bronny James ($5.8M) and Shadeur Sanders ($4.7M). Reese is also high on the list, earning $1.7M annually.
Amazon has not indicated the series' length or when it will stream. However, it is speculated that the series will cover each feature athlete's 2023-24 seasons. If so, we assume Prime Video cameras followed Daniels during the most recent LSU football season. Indeed, it will be interesting to see how much the quarterback's life changed as the 2023 season progressed and how much his Heisman campaign affected his NIL valuation.
Daniels finished 2023 ranked 6th on On3's NIL Top 100 with a valuation of $2.2M.
NIL remains a controversial dynamic in college athletics. The policy initially resulted in notable athletes appearing in local car sales advertisements and wearing merchandise emblazoned with local chicken restaurants. Then overnight, NIL collectives burst onto the scene, handing out large sums of cash in exchange for athletes' appearances that support their cause.
NIL collectives feel much like over-the-table boosters. They're also potentially harmful to college athletics. Recently, Florida State was suspended from NIL affiliation after an investigation uncovered that a NIL representative offered a Georgia player $15k to transfer.
The Seminoles rivals in Gainesville are also being investigated over allegations that Jaden Rashada was promised a $13M NIL deal in exchange for his commitment to the Florida football program.
I'm sure the dynamic of star athletes being offered hefty NIL paydays to enter the transfer portal will be worth following on "The Money Game."