UCF Kicker Quits Football After NCAA Says Stop Making Sports Related You Tube Videos
Yup, the NCAA Strikes again. This time its a blow against a University of Central Florida kicker who had been profiting from YouTube videos---some of which referred to his playing football.
We told you back in June about Donald De La Haye, a rising junior at UCF who has managed to carve out some success for himself on YouTube by producing some unique and sometimes "Behind the Scenes" experiences he gained over the past couple of years.
The NCAA had taken notice upon realizing De La Haye was making not a ton of money---but some money off the videos. Note--YouTube pays content producers after they achieve a certain amount of traffic on the video player.
On Monday--the issue finally came to a head with De La Haye deciding to give up his budding football career and scholarship rather than give up producing videos.
He produced a video to explain the decision:
It's an archaic and borderline indentured servitude attitude which gives the impression the NCAA is a greedy bunch looking to milk athletes and their likenesses to the max. There have been multiple lawsuits challenging the rule (see O'Bannon, Ed), none of which have been successful.
The schools can print jerseys with a players name and number or sell the rights to both to a video game producer and both they and the NCAA can profit from it.
The players---they get nothing.
Yes, De La Haye could have remained on the UCF squad and continued producing videos but has decided to make a stand. Will he win? We kind of doubt it---but we respect his decision.
College Football needs rules enforcement---in the worst way possible. But it needs reasonable rules enforcement and there no good, legitimate reason they should be punishing athletes for using their roles to help make some spending money. None.....