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"De La Haye decided he did not want to separate his athletically-related videos from non-athletic ones he could monetize, which was outlined in the waiver for him to maintain eligibility.". The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has put so much pressure on a "student-athlete" that the individual was left with a choice that required him to forego one of his passions. Ultimately, the lack of support received by De La Haye has served as a disappointment and should be a real wake up call to other college athletes who believe that their interests are always a top priority. So much for the unyielding support. At first, De La Haye thought that his head coach supported him and that his school would do what was necessary to stand up to the NCAA. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images), They didn't really have my back too much," explained De La Haye. "Most of the time these colleges don't give you a platform. According to the rules, the NCAA prevents athletes from collecting revenue off anything that features their status as college athletes. De La Haye is a bit overwhelmed by everything going on right now and has also heard from a lot of people who are not too happy about his decision. He authored the book, How to Play the Game: What Every Sports Attorney Needs to Know. Former UCF kicker Donald De La Haye is a YouTube star. De La Haye immigrated with his family from Costa Rica to the United States at the age of seven, spending the rest of his youth in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Whistle, which has more than 375 million followers across social media, has raised $80.5 million in funding from sports greats Peyton Manning and Derek Jeter, as well as Tengelmann Ventures, NBC Sports Ventures, Emil Capital Partners and Sky. All Rights Reserved. They should allow us to be paid, but monitor it somehow. I'm not sure what it looks like, but there should be some form of compensation other than the scholarship model.". He focuses on sports, entertainment, and intellectual property litigation and transactional work, and is the author of 2 editions of How to Play the Game: What Every Sports Attorney Needs to Know, published by the American Bar Association. "If you start your own business or start making money yourself, that's the whole point of going. Instead of allowing De La Haye to follow both dreams, the NCAA stepped in and the consequence is that De La Haye is not even considered a student as of today. This Month in Sports Reference His channel is skyrocketing in popularity, with more than 197,000 subscribers and 9.65 million views. De La Haye says he still does not understand what the waiver was for or what it meant, but he refused to sign. The channel caught the attention of the NCAA in June, which doesn't allow students to earn money using their athletic skills. Copyright © 2000-2020 Sports Reference LLC. Note: NBC Sports Ventures is owned by NBCUniversal, which is the parent company of CNBC. I didn't really feel like too many people had my back. Forced by the NCAA to choose between playing college football or his YouTube channel, kicker Donald De La Haye made the tough decision to pursue his online video career. "Honestly, the best advise anyone gave me was make the choice with your heart, and decide based on what you wanted to do," De La Haye said. Free of NCAA restrictions, De La Haye will be working with other Whistle Sports creators, including on an upcoming social media ad campaign for a major fast food brand, as well as doing some videos for the Canadian Football League. De La Haye says that he first learned of an issue when UCF's Compliance Office asked him to meet and stated that the NCAA was not willing to let him remain on scholarship even if De La Haye turned off the revenue making feature connected to his YouTube videos. We have tools and resources that can help you use sports data. He wants to see how being a professional videographer goes for the next few months before making a decision on his academics and plans to try to post a new video every single day. and Sports Agent Blog. However, because his sports-related YouTube channel was making ad revenue, the NCAA told him he had to decide between making money off his sports videos or creating content not related to his athletic ability. I can't make a couple thousand bucks off myself? Forwards Savannah McCaskill and Yuki Nagasato are headed to expansion club Racing Louisville along with other assets. We present them here for purely educational purposes. ", "Most of the time these colleges don't give you a platform. And there is the real irony in all of this. I can't mention football, can't talk about quarterbacks, can't go on the beach and throw around a football with friends. Got a confidential news tip? He chose the latter. (Sceenshot of a YouTube video posted by Donald De La Haye.) News Service of Florida | Oct 24, 2019 at 1:17 PM . They want you to graduate and then they say 'good luck,'" said sports marketer Ryan Totka, who is now serving is a type of advisor to De La Haye. UCF kicker Donald De La Haye invoked as DeSantis backs college athletes getting paid. As De La Haye's UCF career progressed, so did his YouTube channel. They want you to graduate and then they say 'good luck,'" said sports marketer, EY & Citi On The Importance Of Resilience And Innovation, Impact 50: Investors Seeking Profit — And Pushing For Change, How to Play the Game: What Every Sports Attorney Needs to Know. Darren Heitner is the Founder of HEITNER LEGAL and Founder/Chief Editor of Sports Agent Blog, a leading niche industry publication. All rights reserved. Darren is the author of How to Play the Game: What Every Sports Attorney Needs to Know (published by the American Bar Association), Contributing Writer of An Athlete’s Guide to Agents, 5th Edition, and has authored many sports, entertainment and intellectual property-related Law Journal articles. But there actually is a silver lining to De La Haye's story, which is being written by the minute. Though UCF tried to lobby for him, the NCAA only granted a waver that allowed De La Haye to post athletic-related videos on a non-monetized channel or make money off videos that didn't use his sports image and likeness. The Week 8 waiver wire is filled with quality players to pickup for fantasy football teams including Baker Mayfield, Cole Beasley and Sterling Shepard. I'm not sure what it looks like, but there should be some form of compensation other than the scholarship model.
De La Haye was a marketing major at UCF. De La Haye considered it unfair since it would mean he had to start from scratch and couldn't build on his existing channel. The decision to choose YouTube may already be paying off. Former UCF kicker Donald De La Haye dropped a diss track music video in which he criticizes the NCAA on his Youtube channel on Monday. Donald De La Haye's option was either to continue to play football at the University of Central Florida under an athletic scholarship or follow another dream of being a videographer. "I think it's a modern form of slavery," said De La Haye when I asked him his thoughts of the current system of NCAA sports.
I cover the intersection of sports and money. I went into his office and he said he had my back. De La Haye, a former kicker at UCF, was actually told that he could not make a minimal amount of money from his YouTube videos and be a member of the football team. Do you have a sports website? © 2020 CNBC LLC. Donald De La Haye's option was either to continue to play football at the University of Central Florida under an athletic scholarship or follow another dream … I think it's very stupid. Every Sports Reference Social Media Account. Find out more. "Me and my coach bumped heads a bit. Donald De La Haye is a junior at the University of Central Florida, who received a scholarship to be a kicker on the football team. degree from the same institution. Get this delivered to your inbox, and more info about our products and services. He played for the football team at the University of Central Florida as their kickoff specialist from 2015 to 2016. For example, my coach, The NCAA is very controlling and it seems like they care more about their money and how much they profit off their student-athletes' well being," said De La Haye. Watch our How-To Videos to Become a Stathead, Subscribe to Stathead and get access to more data than you can imagine. SPORTS ILLUSTRATED is a registered trademark of ABG-SI LLC. "But I'm just focused on what I have to focus on, my own camera and creating content with Whistle.". Sign up for free newsletters and get more CNBC delivered to your inbox. Join our linker program. it caught the attention of Whistle Sports, who signed him onto their network of creators in August. Two-to-five years down the road I'll look back at them and tell them I told you so.".
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