Sep 27, 2013
Has the multi-billion dollar industry of big-time college sports overwhelmed the educational mission? A WRAL Documentary, hosted by Jeff Gravley, 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 pay for college athletes, and whether the scholarship they get is enough.
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Our goal in the documentary 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.
Working on the documentary gave me this perspective on college athletics. It’s like a Rubik’s Cube. Some see it as impossible to solve but it’s entertainment that people keep spending money on.
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.
Everyone connected with athletics – even those of us in the sports media – is reaping the benefits of this 10-, or soon to be 11-figure industry. Well, not everyone.
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.