UCF kicker ruled ineligible over YouTube channel opens up in new video

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University of Central Florida place-kicker Donald De La Haye had to choose between making YouTube videos and playing college football, and he chose YouTube.

Though the NCAA offered De La Haye a compromise that would let him keep his athletic eligibility so long as he only monetized videos that did not discuss football, the kickoff specialist ultimately refused, and as a result, he will no longer be able to reap the benefits of his athletic scholarship. But the YouTube videos that depict him as a student-athlete would have to broadcast on a non-monetized account.

A video posted in June details De La Haye's NCAA predicament, but since the waiver was announced Monday afternoon he's only referenced the decision through Twitter. UCF Athletics wishes him the best in his future endeavors.

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The videos on De La Haye's YouTube channel showcase his life as a student-athlete with titles such as "What it's like to be a college football player" and "How I practice my kicking". While it's not clear how much De La Haye has made to date, Quora.com says when a YouTube page reaches 10,000 subscribers, they can expect $100-$300 per sponsorship.

De La Haye went on to say, "I have to deal with the consequences".

College football still has its purity, or something. The NCAA profits off athletes like De La Haye, as do the universities that recruit these athletes, however the athletes themselves aren't paid. They proposed me some rules and some conditions that they wanted me to follow and I refused to and I didn't feel like they were fair. They wanted me to give my money up, that I made, which is insane.

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The problem wasn't that De La Haye was making or even profiting off of videos - the NCAA stated it has no issue with that. "I'm passionate about this video stuff, so I'm giving it my 110 percent", he says. None of these athletes committed crimes - they were guilty only of earning fair market value for their work.

NCAA bylaw, according to the Sentinel, 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'. However, a lot of people think it's unfair he had to make this choice at all. Players aren't allowed to make money off their likeness, despite the NCAA being allowed to rake in hundreds of millions of dollars each year thanks to its athletes.

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