He fought the law. And the law won.

The NCAA, keeping the college world safe from players earning money:

UCF kicker Donald De La Haye has been ruled ineligible after he refused to give in to the NCAA’s demand for him to stop monetizing his popular YouTube channel.

De La Haye, a junior kickoff specialist, has a YouTube channel with over 90,000 subscribers that has amassed nearly five million total views. The NCAA took issue with the fact that the videos bring in advertising revenue and said he was no longer allowed to make money off his athletics-related videos if he wanted to continue playing college football. UCF lobbied the NCAA to allow De La Haye to continue to profit off his channel provided he did not collect any revenue from videos related to athletics. The NCAA approved those conditions but De La Haye declined to move his sports-related videos to a non-monetized account and the school suspended him to avoid a conflict with the NCAA.

All this over, what… a couple grand a month, maybe?  So much for getting student-athletes ready for the day when they go out in the real world to make a living.

In any event, the NCAA took De La Haye’s defiance very, very seriously.  I know that because Stacey Osburn emerged from her secluded “no comment” cocoon to issue a very, very serious qualification.

Meaningless ass covering, for the win.  The NCAA is just an innocent bystander in all this, y’all.

Amateurism lives to fight another day.  What a relief.


UPDATE:  I wasn’t expecting this reaction.



Filed under It's Just Bidness, The NCAA

12 responses to “He fought the law. And the law won.

  1. Cpark58

    Wouldn’t it be a lot easier if the NCAA would just make it illegal for anyone to teach players or recruits to read like in the good old days? Don’t let them ride horses while you’re at it….


  2. Cousin Eddie

    He should publicly reach out to the NCAA to overturn the UFC decision since the NCAA wants to play nice guy in the media.

    Or ask YouTube for an attorney to help fight the ruling. They have deep enough pockets to fight back.


  3. steve

    Did De La Haye’s channel discuss any athletic activity that could have influenced betting behavior by his paid followers?


  4. Scorpio Jones, III

    A couple thousand a month? Hmmm interesting.


  5. old dawg

    the NCAA is the damnedest institution I’ve ever seen…they worship at the altar of purity in sport where none hardly exists…the universities and their power structures are the only ones who can kill off this hypocritical empire…don’t hold your breath waiting on that to happen…


  6. Monettadawg

    And the hypocrisy lives on, I swear the NCAA has the best business model EVER !


  7. Cory

    The fans are always going to buy merchandise and watch the games, either on TV or in the stands they get paid anyway. So their disgust and bitching is inconsequential.

    There is only one thing that can bring down the NCAA is unification by the P5 players. The NFL will still get the players regardless of their collegiate affiliation, some entrepreneur would see the value in a regional football farm system. I’m not advocating a strike but with social media today even the threat of a serious one for common sense changes would stop the pompous foolishness by the stuffed shirts. They wouldn’t have to do much, just put some of the revenue in escrow for the players upon graduation, and the NCAA might have a leg to stand on with the rest of their ridiculous rules. But right now they are just the great and powerful OZ, no real power aside from the illusion of omnipotence.


  8. 69Dawg

    If nothing else Netflix’s “Last Chance U” showed that the really good players are only interested in school as a means to an end, the NFL. If Mark Cuban and a group of other like minded billionaires wanted a business, this would fit the bill. Don’t go up against the NFL regionalize a D League for the NFL teams. Play the games in the spring or on Wednesday nights. NFL Europe without the BS of traveling to a foreign country. The colleges would then not have to worry about whether the “student Athlete” was really interested in an education. The NCAA could even get it’s head out of it’s butt and have a rule if a kid tried the D League and got cut the kid could still get an athletic scholarship and play with just fewer years of eligibility. That would help everybody. As it is the NCAA is insuring that the Congress is never going to give them an antitrust exemption, it wouldn’t be PC. Oh well I can dream can’t I?


    • I’m positive the colleges are not sweating over whether or not the athletes are interested in utilizing the offered education, so that is not an issue. (as opposed to staying eligible, which is)

      The thought of watering down the talent in college for a league like that in Last Chance U makes me cringe. Don’t get me wrong, its a quality program, but only because of editing. I’d imagine there is some pretty terrible football being played in that league.


  9. Mayor

    Soooo…..does this mean you are ineligible to play for the Dawgs this season, Senator?


  10. 80Dawg

    I looked at numerous of his videos & none were about hem as a UCF athlete. Am I missing something. That are actually good music videos if you like the genre.