How I lost my full D1 scholarship because of my Youtube channel
RULES. There are Rules In EVERYTHING that we do. You chose to either Follow Them or Pay The Price for Not Following the Rules.
The hard lesson was learned today when University of Central Florida Kicker Donald De La Haye was ruled Ineligible for Playing in the NCAA because of his YouTube Channel.
Simple and easy to understand. You want to play in the NCAA and get NATIONAL Exposure and to do that you need to follow the RULES.
NCAA bylaw 12.4.4 addresses athlete self-employment.
The rule states 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.”
Most of De La Haye’s 59 videos document his daily life as a UCF athlete. The kicker’s channel has jumped from 63,275 subscribers in June to 89,954 shortly after UCF announced he was ineligible Monday.
The NCAA released a statement noting De La Haye “could monetize his video activity as long as it was not based on his athletics, reputation, prestige or ability.”
NCAA statement regarding Donald De La Haye. pic.twitter.com/0W2YCbEBrF
— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) July 31, 2017
De La Haye ultimately declined to comply with the NCAA conditions and appeared to react to the news with a short tweet Monday afternoon that read, “Unbelievable.” He later added in a Tweet, “I’m really mind blown!”
He wrote in another Tweet, “All I wanted was to keep inspiring and motivating others through my content. Didn’t know it would cost me my education.”
Guys This is SIMPLE. You follow the RULES. Or You Don’t Play. Is the rule Fair? We don’t believe so. But right now it is the RULE.
There will be a time where College Sports Players will be compensated for their participation. But this is NOT that time.
There NCAA just like the NFL, will not allow you to make money off of them without their APPROVAL.