Rising Spear – a Name, Image and Likeness collective focused on Florida State – was one of the first collectives launched in the country in December 2021. It also became the first known collective to merge with another group when it absorbed Warpath 850 in May 2022. The merger was done to unite the two biggest names in the FSU NIL space. “Once I was named CEO, one of the first things that I wanted to do was clear up the donor confusion in the space,” Rising Spear CEO Matthew Quigley told the Tallahassee Democrat. “I'm sure you saw like on Twitter and social media, I saw numerous people that were like, ‘Well, do I donate to Rising Spear or Warpath? I don't know what to do.’ It was very important to me to get that cleared up and do this merger.” There are two NIL options as part of Rising Spear. For Gold Standard, Rising Spear finds a booster-owned company and enlists an athlete as a sponsor. For Garnet Spirit, boosters donate to a charity and get a tax write-off. Athletes make charitable appearances to earn compensation. As part of the merger, athletes already working with Rising Spear will have access to the Dreamfield NIL platform.