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Fresno State Women’s Basketball Twins Ink Deal With WWE

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Fresno State women’s basketball players Haley and Hanna Cavinder have inked a deal with WWE as part of the WWE’s inaugural NIL program, “Next In Line.”

Sports Business Journal reports student-athletes will earn compensation ranging from “low five-figures up to six-figures,” in exchange for the creation of “social media posts plugging WWE and make appearances at WWE events.”

The deals do not mean that athletes are “committed to join the WWE once their college athletic careers end.” 

The Cavinder twins said they “never saw Smackdown in their futures,” but once they started looking into WWE, a partnership “made sense,” according to TIME’s Sean Gregory.

Earlier this month, the WWE unveiled 15 college athletes who will be among the first to participate in the company’s new NIL program providing a pathway from collegiate athletics to WWE, Sports Business Journal reports.

The inaugural “Next In Line” class includes athletes from 13 universities, seven NCAA conferences, and four sports.

  • Carlos Aviles — Ohio State, Track & Field
  • Haley Cavinder — Fresno State, Basketball
  • Hanna Cavinder — Fresno State, Basketball
  • A.J. Ferrari — Oklahoma State, Wrestling
  • Lexi Gordon — Duke, Basketball
  • Aleeya Hutchins — Wake Forest, Track & Field
  • John Krahn — Portland State, Football
  • Glen Logan — LSU, Football
  • Isaac Odugbesan — Alabama, Track & Field
  • Mason Parris — Michigan Wrestling
  • Masai Russell — Kentucky, Track & Field
  • Jon Seaton — Elon, Football
  • Joe Spivak — Northwestern, Football
  • Dalton Wagner — Arkansas, Football
  • Riley White — Alabama, Track & Field

All athlete partnerships will feature access to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando and resources across the organization — upon completion of the NIL program, select athletes may earn a WWE contract.

The Cavinder twins signed marketing deals to represent Boost Mobile and Six Star in July and PSD Underwear in October.

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Written by Megan Turner

Megan graduated from the University of Central Florida and writes and tweets about anything related to sports. She replies to comments she shouldn't reply to online and thinks the CFP Rankings are absolutely rigged. Follow her on Twitter at @Megnturner_ and Instagram at @Megnturner.

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