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Donald De La Haye, UCF Kicker, Ruled Ineligible Over YouTube Monetization

01 August 2017

A University of Central Florida place-kicker who has tens of thousands of subscribers on YouTube has opted to waive his eligibility so he can continue filming videos, according to a statement from the school's athletic department.

"The waiver, which was granted, stated De La Haye could maintain his eligibility and continue to monetize videos that did not reference his status as a student-athlete or depict his football skill or ability", UCF said in a statement. Since De La Haye chose not to accept either option, he has been declared inelegible to play in any NCAA-sanctioned competition, effectively ending his college football career.

'The waiver also allowed him to create videos that referenced his status as a student-athlete or depict his football skill or ability if they were posted to a non-monetized account'.

Donald De La Haye has almost doubled the number of subscribers to his YouTube channel since his fight with the NCAA over his online videos went public in June.

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"They proposed me some rules and some conditions that they wanted me to follow, and I refused to", De La Haye continued. UCF Athletics wishes him the best in his future endeavors.

De La Haye, a junior kickoff specialist, has a YouTube channel with over 90,000 subscribers that has amassed almost five million total views.

De La Haye now has more than 91,000 subscribers to his channel, which leans heavily (but not exclusively) on parodies of football-related topics.

UCF spokesman Andy Seeley said he is uncertain what part of the agreement De La Haye did not agree with. "If it don't benefit them, they don't want it". "They wanted me to give up the money that I made, which is insane". Numerous videos show De La Haye training and practicing in school facilities.

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De La Haye says the NCAA should not be able to meddle with what he views as a job itself. 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. I dont like asking for stuff, but this is important. even $1 would help'.

College football still has its purity, or something.

This, of course, isn't the first time the NCAA or its member institutions have acted to cap a student-athlete's earning potential. Earlier this year, UCF began investigating whether his videos violated the NCAA's rules prohibiting student-athletes from making money off of their images.

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Donald De La Haye, UCF Kicker, Ruled Ineligible Over YouTube Monetization