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Cleveland State women's basketball player joins Barstool Athletes as NIL law take effect

Cleveland State freshman guard Isabella Geraci joined Barstool Athletes after Ohio's name, image and likeness law went into effect.

CLEVELAND — Editor's note: the video in the player above is from a previous story.

On Thursday, Ohio's legislation allowing college athletes across the state to profit off of their name, image and likeness took effect.

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It didn't take long for one Cleveland State women's basketball player to take advantage.

Taking to her Twitter account on Friday, Vikings senior guard Isabella Geraci announced that she had joined Barstool Athletes Inc., an agency formed by Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy. In doing so, Geraci will receive and promote Barstool Sports merchandise and potentially gain access to other endorsement opportunities and exposure via the Barstool Sports brand.

More details about Barstool Athletes Inc. are expected in the coming days. Other student-athletes to have already joined the agency include Clemson football safety Nolan Thompson, Villanova men's basketball player Collin Gillespie and Jacksonville State volleyball player Adelaide Halverson.

"Barstool Athletes Inc is the most barstool thing ever," Portnoy tweeted on Thursday. "No thought put into it.  No clue what we were doing. And 2 hours later the most powerful student athlete organization in the country. Still no clue what’s happening.  #fortheplayers #barstoolathlete"

On Monday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed an executive order enacting the ability for college athletes in the state to profit off of their name, image and likeness, which they had previously been unable to do without being ruled ineligible.

“For Ohio to be competitive, we need to get this now,” DeWine said. “We need to let everyone know that Ohio is in the game. Ohio is going to stay in the game.”

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