College $ports: #missionormoney
Posted September 11, 2013
Updated January 9, 2014
Has the multi-billion dollar industry of big-time college sports overwhelmed the educational mission? A WRAL Documentary looks at the influence of money on the game and whether reforms are needed.
In a two-hour interactive conversation on TV, radio and social media, fans, coaches and administrators chimed in on the issue of compensation for college athletes.
Our goal in "College $ports: #MissionorMoney" was to show how complex college athletics can be.
It’s a near impossible balancing act of fielding competitive sports teams that generate millions of dollars in an academic setting.
It’s like a Rubik’s Cube. Some see it as impossible to solve, but it’s entertainment that people keep spending money on.
COACH LOGAN SAYS
Is it cheating to bring a player to campus who has no chance at a degree? What if he's the guy who will win you the national championship?
We interviewed athletic directors, former players and learned men who study college sports.
Does a professor mind that basketball is top of mind when people think of Duke University? How does Mike Krzyzewski define team?
Where is former NC State running back a decade after his stint as ACC rookie of the year?
How much does money figure into ACC expansion? Commissioner John Swofford lays it out.
The answers to what ails college sports are way too complex to fit on the back of an index card. Until the people in charge are willing to look in the mirror and be honest with themselves, we have hope of ever changing for the better.
Although there will be extensive legal obstacles to clear along the way, the day almost certainly is nearing when some college football and basketball players will be paid by their schools to play.
Before, during and after the airing of "College $ports: #MissionorMoney," the conversation about big-time athletics took place online. In Twitter and in a live chat, the sports staff from WRAL-TV and 99.9 FM The Fan, along with guest experts, pro athletes and YOU engaged in a viral back-and-forth on the pros and cons of these semi-pros. Review the live event as it unfolded.