NBA star Spencer Dinwiddie in talks with NBA to securitize his talent and launch STO on Ethereum

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Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie is creating a revenue-sharing platform allowing professional sports players to tokenize themselves as debt securities, starting with an offering of his own Ethereum-based "Professional Athlete Investment Tokens" as early as this week, ESPN reported.

As the platform's first initiative, Dinwiddie intends to conduct a security token offering solely for Regulation D-qualified accredited investors, who must invest a minimum of $150,000 into the tokens.

In a similar vein to ERC-20 bonds issued by governments and corporations, the tokens will act as a securitized cash advance for Dinwiddie, who will raise $13.5 million if all of his PAInT tokens are bought.

A total of 90 tokens will represent approximately 40% of his salary scheduled for the 2020-2022 period.

In return, investors are to be offered a total return-on-investment somewhere in the realm of 7.5%, and when the tokens reach maturity in the third year, 40% of Dinwiddie's post-tax salary for the 2021-2022 period will be paid out to PAInT holders.

Unlike U.S. treasury notes and other fixed-return bonds, the PAInT tokens have a deal-sweetener.

Dinwiddie's ownership of a player option means the Mets may opt to extend his contract, upping the tokens' yield to 10% or more depending on his salary increase.

In late September the NBA reportedly rejected Dinwiddie's plan saying it violated the terms of his deal with them, which stipulates players may not on-sell shares of their contracts.

The Los Angeles native has apparently pledged to back the tokens with $3 million worth of gold, cash, and Bitcoin, and is looking to lock up a further $9 million-a sum that would nearly back the entire principal.

Dinwiddie appears confident that by repurposing the nature of the token the plan will come to fruition, potentially opening the floodgates to a vast, yet largely unexplored usage case for tokenized debt issuance.