Sports Media, You’re Missing an Opportunity to Make a Real Difference

It’s not normal for me to take long breaks between posts, but this summer is an exception to the rule.  I’ve been running out of stuff to write about.  Yes, I could write about and offer a few thoughts about current stories, but to be honest, I’m burned out and I’m ready to move on after being inundated by the excessive reaction, over-reaction, analysis, and over-analysis (namely The Freeh Report and Jerry Sandusky).

I’ll give you two clichés that should sum this story up:  the coverup is always worst than the crime, and if you think you know someone, you really don’t, and you never will. Too bad a lot of people, especially a large number of those in the national sports media doesn’t get the message.

I wrote a blog in January 2012 and no one gave a damn to read it.  I think you should read it today, because it was my opinion then, and now, that the sports world, especially sports writers and bloggers like Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead, Brooks Melchior, Colin Cowherd, Rick Reilly, among others, are missing out on an opportunity that could be a huge benefit for the public:  using their platforms to foster change.

Rather than reacting and over-analyzing the damn story, why not promote, support, or encourage their readers to donate to organizations that are committed to eradicating all levels of abuse towards individuals, from sexual to verbal, from elderly to domestic?

If ESPN can use all of their platforms to promote The V Foundation, MLB for Komen, and NBA Cares, it makes sense to support anti-abuse support groups, especially the talking heads on sports radio, television, and social media.

For them not to, it would be a shame and would be a sign that the sports world, and those who cover sports, would rather hear themselves talk, than use the tools they have to help people learn about a topic, how to get involved, and in turn learn how to be a better person.

What I’m saying is this:  take all of that energy that being used to talk about a negative story and use it in a positive way by encouraging people to learn about the efforts being made to stop all levels of abuse, and in turn, give back to the community.

It’s interesting to me that most sports people usually don’t lend their names to causes that they can have a direct impact on.  Some of them do, but for the most part, they sit behind a computer or a microphone, and tell people their opinions.  If they were challenged or encouraged to get involved like they do at ESPN for The V Foundation and Make-a-Wish, surely they can do this for anti-abuse organizations.

I’m hopeful that some will consider it, but I doubt the majority of them will.  They’re missing out of something that could make a real difference for society.

Talking about a damn statue isn’t a priority.

Helping exploited children, battered women and elderly pick up the pieces of a shattered life and rebuilding it is a bigger priority right now.