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Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Opendorse, a platform that helps athletes maximize their endorsement value, is launching a new feature today called Opendorse Opportunities.

Why it matters: The tool is essentially an NIL job board, where brands and fans can share pre-built opportunities for athletes to browse and apply for with a single tap.

A few examples that are already live:

  • Athlete Direct: Owned and operated by sports memorabilia giant Brandon Steiner, this is an easy way for athletes to sell autographs, memorabilia, and gear.
  • BreakingT: A pioneer in licensed, real-time apparel, BreakingT will give athletes the chance to earn royalties whenever a product featuring their NIL is sold.
  • The Players Trunk: This is an opportunity for athletes to sell the gear they earned during their college careers.

The big picture: Opendorse and rivals like INFLCR are vying to become a key pillar of the evolving NIL landscape. From identifying deals, to signing contracts, to ensuring compliance, they want to be a one-stop shop for all things NIL.

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Ina Fried, author of Login
Nov 16, 2021 - Sports

Olympics changes guidance for transgender and intersex athletes

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday announced a new framework for transgender athletes, as well as those born with intersex conditions that foregoes a "one-size-fits-all" approach in favor of encouraging each sport's governing body to come up with appropriate policies.

Why it matters: The first openly transgender athletes competed in the Tokyo Olympics, 17 years after the IOC first set rules allowing for participation, while several female athletes saw themselves excluded from the Olympic Games on the basis of their natural testosterone levels.

Updated 2 hours ago - Health

The next big bottleneck in the global vaccination effort

Illustration: Rae Cook/Axios

The world still needs more coronavirus vaccines, but an additional bottleneck has emerged in many low-income countries: They need help getting shots in arms.

Why it matters: Increasing vaccination rates across the world is both a humanitarian necessity and the best way to prevent dangerous new variants from emerging, but it increasingly requires complex problem-solving.

Updated 3 hours ago - Health

COVID-19 Omicron variant cases identified in Europe, U.K.

People wearing masks walk in London on Nov. 25. Photo: Li Ying/Xinhua via Getty Images

Health officials in the United Kingdom, Italy and Germany announced on Saturday that they've detected the first known cases of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant.

Why it matters: The discoveries come as the world scrambles to respond to concerns over the new variant, discovered in South Africa earlier this week.