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Old 10-03-19, 11:24 PM
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Sports Illustrated on life support?

https://awfulannouncing.com/si/sport...Vg8FR0J8wJ1gMU

Massive layoffs earlier on Thursday. 1/2 the staff was laid off

There are tweets from long-time staff members who got their pink slips in the above article.

Magazines are slowly heading towards extinction. Does anyone here even read SI anymore let alone have a running subscription? I currently have a free subscription that T-Mobile gave me.
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Old 10-04-19, 02:35 AM
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Re: Sports Illustrated on life support?

Last time I read one was 2000. I have bought a few issues when my favorite team won the championship and the championship special editions they release but more as collector' items.

I had no problem with the magazine but I almost never read anymore once I got online access around 1998.

It would be a shame if it went under.

They should work on buidling a strong online presence.
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Old 10-04-19, 06:04 AM
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Re: Sports Illustrated on life support?

The Sporting News is still around(online).

Always liked it better than Sports Illustrated(when they were both strong with weekly printed issues).

Sports Illustrated was my first sports magazine subscription back in 1966.

However,I bought The Sporting News (non-stop) for over 35 straight years beginning in 1967 and I still have them.
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Re: Sports Illustrated on life support?

I still have a print subscription to SI, I've had one for years.
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Old 10-04-19, 09:04 AM
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Re: Sports Illustrated on life support?

I used to love SI (and Sporting News), especially the NBA/NFL previews where they'd go team by team.

Everyone's moved online, of course, but I'm not sure how money is being made. Even places like Rotoworld and ESPN are trying to paywall everything but I'm not sure who's buying.
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Re: Sports Illustrated on life support?

The Athletic has taken it's place, essentially.
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Old 10-04-19, 09:18 AM
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Re: Sports Illustrated on life support?

How many pro sports teams still have weekly(or monthly) newspapers(magazines)?

I guess The Hockey News is still around.
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Re: Sports Illustrated on life support?

I thought this was well known the magazine was struggling when Peter King left for NBC.
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Re: Sports Illustrated on life support?

Been a subscriber most of my life and still enjoy it. Since discovering dvdtalk it’s only $2-5 per year, and I’m good to 2024 right now, if it lasts.
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Old 10-04-19, 10:14 AM
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Re: Sports Illustrated on life support?

If it wasn't for the swimsuit issue, they would have been dead along time ago. Print media is slowly going the way of the dinosaur. The only thing keeping them from extinction has been the advertisers. Once they get wise to the fact that it's a colossal loss leader, everything will be digital.
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The swimsuit issue seems like one of the most outdated facets of the magazine, but maybe I'm just out of touch.
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Old 10-04-19, 11:03 AM
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Re: Sports Illustrated on life support?

It's a tricky thing, isn't it? We want print journalism - or journalism, in general - to stay in business, but the internet has broken our perception of value cost. I subscribe to the print newspaper, but I want it cheap. When I went to the newsstand to get an extra copy (my kid and I were in it) I saw an insert for an introduction rate that beat my subscriber rate by half, and it's good for nearly a year! I'd like that very much. I also want to support them. Meanwhile, look at us wanting a great deal on a magazine, then wondering why magazines go out of business when our subscriptions are four bucks a year or paid for by a phone company. I don't know what to do about all of this, but we're definitely in an odd, decades-long transitional phase for analog into digital media.
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Re: Sports Illustrated on life support?

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The Athletic has taken it's place, essentially.
I subscribe to The Athletic, too.
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Old 10-04-19, 11:29 AM
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It's a tricky thing, isn't it? We want print journalism - or journalism, in general - to stay in business, but the internet has broken our perception of value cost. I subscribe to the print newspaper, but I want it cheap. When I went to the newsstand to get an extra copy (my kid and I were in it) I saw an insert for an introduction rate that beat my subscriber rate by half, and it's good for nearly a year! I'd like that very much. I also want to support them. Meanwhile, look at us wanting a great deal on a magazine, then wondering why magazines go out of business when our subscriptions are four bucks a year or paid for by a phone company. I don't know what to do about all of this, but we're definitely in an odd, decades-long transitional phase for analog into digital media.
Subscriptions have always been greatly subsidized because of ad revenue (and they can charge more if their subscription base is huge). That's not what's putting them out of business, at least I don't think it is. It's the declining interest and thus declining ad revenue.

For a sports magazine or even something like EW, there's just so much info that's already outdated by the time the magazine is printed. Granted, the in depth articles are what SI does best, but oftentimes even their best writers are online.
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Re: Sports Illustrated on life support?

I still have a free subscription coming from somewhere, but I rarely even fan through it anymore.
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Re: Sports Illustrated on life support?

Honestly, it’s been years since I read the swimsuit issue, but that’s probably still more recently than I read a sports story in SI, unless my barber had a copy lying around.

The only print magazines I receive anymore are Consumer Reports (my parents keep renewing my subscription, and I do read it), a trade journal or two, and my local newspaper, which also grants me access behind their digital paywall, so I might switch to digital only at some point. The only non-video content I pay for is The Athletic, though I’ve considered some news sites because of the ongoing war on media.

I still keep some hard copies for nostalgia, but it’s just not the way to get news these days.
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Old 10-05-19, 06:16 PM
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Re: Sports Illustrated on life support?

The local newspaper does not post the results of Warriors and Shark games that end after 10pm and this is the West Coast where that is not too late!

"For a complete wrap-up of the game please go to our website"
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Re: Sports Illustrated on life support?

From what I've been reading online, what happened yesterday at SI is the repercussions of the magazine being bought out by a hedge fund group last year and that group wanting to cut cost and hire cheaper workers to do the same work without taking into account the lower quality. Basically, SI's management is laying off journalist in order to hire bloggers for 1/3 of the price.
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Re: Sports Illustrated on life support?

I’d hate to be a laid-off journalist. Not everyone can go to the Athletic.
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Old 10-08-19, 04:28 PM
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Re: Sports Illustrated on life support?

I still get SI for their excellent baseball pieces and occasional human interest stories. The magazine's quality has declined of late, but still better than blog sites masquerading as news outlets.

Something has gone wrong with the swimsuit issue in recent years if you aren't paying attention. Every year it becomes less and less about the most beautiful women on the planet in swimsuits.
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Re: Sports Illustrated on life support?

Now they have fat girls in the swimsuit issues
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Old 10-11-19, 06:52 PM
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Maybe they should bring back the football phone to boost subscriptions


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Re: Sports Illustrated on life support?

I had one of those! Probably still do actually......
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They look cool

I think you can different versions of it at Ebay
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