Boise State athletes launch online community for fans to support and interact with players

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Boise State football team players are hoping to raise $5,000 a month after announcing the launch of the Boise NIL Club on Thursday.

More than 50 players have come together to create the club, which is described on its website as an online community that gives fans the opportunity to financially support team members and interact with players.

These Broncos are asking fans to make a monthly financial commitment of any size. In return, fans will have access to members-only message boards and chat rooms, as well as digital meetups with players and other Boise NIL Club members. They’ll also have access to player-generated content like Q&A sessions, movie breakdowns, practice updates, and recruiting stories.

Boise State players have partnered with YOKE, a digital platform that allows athletes to start an online community behind a paywall. All players have been invited to join the club, according to boisenilclub.com, and all profits will be split equally between the players.

Fans who donate at least $25 per month will also receive a Boise State jersey, according to the website.

A law was passed in July 2021 that allows college athletes to monetize their name, image and likeness. Several players have signed individual sponsorship deals.

Boise State (2-1) will look to extend its winning streak to three games on Friday at UTEP (7 p.m., CBS Sports Network).

After losing to Oregon State in the season opener, Boise State’s defense dominated in back-to-back wins over New Mexico and UT Martin. The Lobos and Skyhawks were both held within 30 rushing yards.

Boise State running back George Holani had his best performance of the season last weekend against UT Martin. He rushed for over 100 yards for the first time since November 2021 and also scored a pair of touchdowns.

UTEP (1-3) is coming off a 27-10 loss to New Mexico. The Miners trailed 20-3 at halftime and turned the ball over seven times.

Boise State fans should recognize several names on the minor depth chart. Starting quarterback Gavin Hardison and leading running back Ronald Awatt are back after playing at Albertsons Stadium last season. The Broncos picked up a 54-13 victory.

STATE OF WOOD AT UTEP

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Sun Bowl Stadium (45971), El Paso, TX

TV: CBS Sports Network (Rich Waltz, Aaron Taylor, Sherree Burress)

Radio: KBOI 670 AM/93.1 FM (Bob Behler, Pete Cavender)

Recordings: Boise State 2-1, UTEP 1-3

Series: Boise State and UTEP have played six times since 2000, and the Broncos are 6-0 in the series. The Miners traveled to Albertsons Stadium last season and lost 54-13.

Vegas Line: Boise State by 15

Time: High 93 degrees, 0% chance of rain, winds 6 mph

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