LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – On Thursday, Nouredin Nouili reached out to several business in hopes of establishing a partnership.
“Shoot your shot, you know,” Nouili said.
The Nebraska offensive lineman was hoping to capitalize on his name, image, and likeness as the NCAA’s new policies went into effect this week.
But then came a sobering text message on Friday. Nouili was informed by a European-based company that he would not be allowed to profit on his personal brand due to his status as an international student-athlete. Nouili says his student visa affects his NIL opportunities.
“I’m not allowed to get any endorsements, sponsorships, anything that would give me compensation for anything in the United States,” Nouili said.
Nouili hails from Frankfort, Germany, where his family still lives. The second-year Husker came to the United States in 2018 as a foreign exchange student at Norris High School. While in Firth, he quickly discovered his football skill and earned a Division-I scholarship offer.
Nouili remains proud of his German heritage, yet he hopes to earn US citizenship in the future.
“United States has brought me a lot of emotions and things to my life that I don’t want to give up,” Nouili said. “I want to be able to start a family here and start making money here. I want to live a life that everyone else gets to.”
Nouili says he is frustrated by his inability to pursue business opportunities, while some teammates have already struck lucrative deals.
“Now that I know that I can’t do anything about it, it hurts,” Nouili said.
According to the NCAA, more than 10 percent of Division-I athletes are international students.
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