Lexi Rodriguez, star Nebraska libero, signs first-ever female NIL trading card deal with Panini
Lexi Rodriguez is a star piece for Nebraska’s elite volleyball program. On Monday, the libero was part of a key NIL deal announced by Panini America.
Panini announced a new NIL trading card partnership with Rodriguez, a junior and two-time All-America for the Huskers. According to the press release, this is the first-ever NIL trading card deal for a female athlete with Panini.
“Being the first female NIL athlete for Panini is such a huge honor! There’s lots of deals out there for men’s sports, so I am super excited that Panini is also turning to providing opportunities for women’s sports in NIL and I’m grateful they have chosen me to be the first,” said Rodriguez. “This is just another opportunity that little girls will see that can give them hope for the future of women’s sports and being able to collect their favorite players!”
Her first trading cards with Panini will be launched via Panini Instant and will be available at www.paniniamerica.net. Rodriguez will take part in marketing initiatives with Panini NIL.
“Lexi is an outstanding athlete and a trailblazer for us, in that she represents our first partnership with a female collegiate NIL athlete,” said Jason Howarth, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Athlete Relations for Panini America. “We look forward to featuring her as part of our NIL products and taking part in marketing initiatives.”