Colleagues bid farewell to a broadcasting legend

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When Jim McKay traveled to St. Andrews in Scotland to cover the 2000 British Open, it was his final overseas event in more than 50 years of broadcasting.

Sportscaster Jim Nantz visited McKay in his hotel room before the final round. He recalled that McKay wasn't emotional about the end of his career; he was upset about being away from his family.

"He longed to be home," Nantz said Tuesday at a funeral Mass for McKay. "He no longer had any appetite for the life of the lonely road warrior."

About 200 people filled the pews of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen for the funeral of McKay, the venerable host of ABC's "Wide World of Sports" who died Saturday at his Maryland farm.

Relatives, friends and colleagues remembered McKay, born James Kenneth McManus, as a man who despite his globe-trotting TV persona longed for the simple pleasures of home and the company of his family.

Among the attendees were Bob Costas, Katie Couric and NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol.

"He's one of the greatest broadcasters in the history of the medium," Costas said. "Jim essentially created the role of the modern Olympic host."

Ben Nuckols is a reporter for the Associated Press.
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