UCF and NCAA Tell Player to Choose Between YouTube or Football


Becca is right, I do.

The NCAA strikes again folks, because we all know students athletes making money off of themselves is wrong…

Oh wait… That’s perfectly okay.

In case you don’t know, let me give you a little background; UCF kicker Donald De La Haye has a popular YouTube channel with 54,000+ subscribers where he would post vlogs and football related skits.

YouTube lets their creators make money off of ad’s after a channel reaches 50k subscribers. So naturally, De La Haye started making money off of his videos, he says that the money he made went to his struggling family in the Costa Rica.

Now here’s where the NCAA messes this whole thing up; in the last video De La Haye posted, he went to a meeting with the compliance people and long story short, he has to stop making money off of his videos.

Now, could De La Haye just turn off adsense? Yes, but that’s not the point. He isn’t making money off of being a UCF football player or his signature, he is making it off of being a popular YouTube entertainer. People aren’t there because he is a UCF football player, they are there for his football content and skits.

This is where things get interesting, the rule stopping De La Haye from profiting states that an athlete “may establish his or her own business, provided the student-athlete’s name, photograph, appearance or athletics reputation are not used to promote the business.”  To that, I ask this, why can’t athletes make money off of their likeness but the NCAA make millions upon millions of dollars off of those very same athletes?

Am I saying pay the athletes to play a sport, eh kind of(that’s a different story for a different day), but they should at least be allowed to have sponsorships and other things like that, to make some money.

National Collegiate Players Association President Ramogi Huma said, “he should have equal rights under the law and no one else on that campus is prevented from having success on YouTube and being compensated,” He went on to say: “No other student on that campus is subjected to that restriction.”

He said it right there, why does being an athlete mean you can’t make YouTube videos and if you’re successful enough, make a little money off of it.

There should be some loopholes with all this being said; If he blurs anything with UCF or NCAA in or on it out he should be okay. If that doesn’t work and he still wants to play football and make money off of YouTube, he can go play indy ball.


The joke there is that “too much” is a relative term; De La Haye is making money that wouldn’t even qualify as a cost of living allowance, let alone any substantial amount. The NCAA needs to change their rules – there is no reason why he can’t be a football player and a popular YouTuber who profits off of all his hard work.


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