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College $ports: #missionormoney

Posted September 11, 2013
Updated February 2, 2016

Adam and Joe Pregame: Profs know college sports are unfair

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.

JEFF SAYS

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.

Gravley: College $ports: #MissionorMoney was a learning experience for me

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?

Logan: Coaches, schools see the athlete before the student

THEY SAID

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.

Watch the raw interviews, hours of footage, from those on all sides of the mission or money question.

ADAM SAYS

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.

Gold: Leaders in college athletics must look in mirror

TUDOR SAYS

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.

Tudor: Player pay is coming, but it won't be a panacea

YOU SAID

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.

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