College $ports: #missionormoney

Posted September 11, 2013
Updated February 2

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.


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


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


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.


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


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


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.

  • MLB: World Series Game 1

    Tuesday at 7:30 pm on FOX50

  • MLB: World Series Game 2

    Wednesday at 7:30 pm on FOX50

  • MLB: World Series Game 3

    Friday at 7:30 pm on FOX50

  • CFB: NC State vs. Boston College

    Saturday at 12:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • MLB: World Series Game 4

    Saturday at 7:30 pm on FOX50

  • NFL: Houston at Denver

    Tomorrow at 8:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NHL: Hurricanes at Detroit

    Tuesday at 7:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

MLB Scoreboard
Tuesday, Oct 25
World Series
Chi Cubs 5:08 PT6:08 MT7:08 CT8:08 ET20:08 ET0:08 GMT8:08 5:08 MST7:08 EST7:38 VEN4:08 UAE (+1)7:08 CT
Minor League Baseball
International League
El Paso 4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET12:05 GMT
ATP Scoreboard
Sunday, Oct. 23
If Stockholm Open (ATP)
(6) J. Sock5 1    
J. Del Potro7 6    
Kremlin Cup (ATP/WTA)
(6) P. Carreno Bu4 6 6   
F. Fognini6 3 2   
European Open (ATP)
(3) R. Gasquet77 6    
D. Schwartzma64 1    
WTA Scoreboard
Sunday, Oct. 23
WTA Finals Singapore (WTA)
Round Robin
(3) S. Halep6 6    
(6) M. Keys2 4    
(1) A. Kerber77 2 6   
(7) D. Cibulkova65 6 3