Will Mckamey, 19, dies and gets no acknowledgment

BY ANTHONY CORNWELL, JR.

I woke up this morning and turned on SportsCenter like every other morning. SportsCenter is supposed to give the most important sport information from around the world.

But today, SportsCenter failed to do that. So I turned to NBC Sports and they failed to do the same. So last but not least I turned to ESPN 2, where Mike and Mike in the Morning was airing and they also failed to talk about an important topic as well.

Will McKamey, 19, a Navy football player, who has been hospitalized since collapsing at practice Saturday, died while in a coma.

For some odd reason the media doesn’t feel that this is important. The most important topic on ESPN is the Miami Heat facing off against the Indiana Pacers for the number one seed in the Eastern Conference; and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston in the middle of a bench clearing.

The most important topics on NBC Sports are the NFL rule changes, are they good or bad for the sport?

The leading trends on Twitter for Yahoo.com are Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, and Monopoly Rules.

What the media is telling me is that all this kid, McKamey, and his family, deserves is an explanation on the bottom of the screen on an ESPN ticker.

I know all of our sporting networks can do better than this. Just a little bit of coverage on this topic can help save another kid’s life.

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The Richard A. Maxwell Sport Media Project is a hub for teaching, research, and service related to sport media. The Project benefits students and faculty at Bowling Green State University, and offers outreach and media consulting to area and regional groups that work with student-athletes. Through collaborative efforts of the Sport Management program and the School of Media and Communication, BGSU students have the opportunity to learn such skills as sports writing, reporting, broadcasting, announcing, public relations, media relations, communication management and production. Faculty and other scholars have access to resources about the commercial and sociological aspects of sport.

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