The debate over whether NCAA athletes, who generate millions of dollars for their respected universities, are entitled to financial compensation for their efforts has existed for decades. The argument has certainly gained momentum with the case of former University of Central Florida kicker Donald De La Haye.
De La Haye launched his own YouTube channel that has over 50,000 subscribers and gained him plenty of online notoriety. NCAA officials are accusing the UCF kicker of using his status as a division I football player to make profits via ads that appear on his YouTube videos. As NCAA rules dictate, players are not allowed to profit from their participation in college athletics. The NCAA banned De La Haye from making his videos based on this policy.
De La Haye has struggled with this decision. He recently stated, “I feel like they’re making me pick between my passion and what I love to do.”
Teammate and fellow kicker Nader Golshahr added, “He really does love making videos. Whenever we’re at practice, in the locker room or recovering he’s always carrying around his camera. It sucks seeing that being taken away from him because he’s really such a great kid and he loves football too. He’s an outgoing person and his personality is perfect for shooting videos. By being around him a lot, I can see he’s not only in it for the money, but mostly because he has a love for entertainment.”
De La Haye’s case is still unsettled. But, regardless of the outcome, his case provides new insights over the debate over income for college athletes.