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Offline SteveJRogers

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Why did ESPN discontinue the Sports Almanac?
« on: December 04, 2009, 05:15:47 PM »
Been anticipating getting the brand spanking new one all Autumn, not knowing that ESPN ceased publishing it!   :-[

Well, at least SI is still going, but does anyone know why ESPN decided to stop putting out these books?  I'd assume that they'd be the best sellers among ANYTHING ESPN ever produces from their publishing arms?

My GOD, is everything going to cyberspace now?  First TSN discontinues the official NBA and MLB guides and record books, and now this!

To say nothing about the lack of an NBA reference encyclopedia tome since Yao Ming was debuting for the Rockets, an NHL one since before that, and the year after the Colts won the Super Bowl for the NFL, and the second Red Sox championship for MLB.

Look, I love sites like Baseball-Reference.com just like the rest of us, but man, there is still something about having more than just what those sites have, without having to go to, say an ABA, WHA, AAFC, or hell even a freaking XFL website (which, along with the USFL and WFL were missing from ESPN's Pro Football Encyclopedias) website to find an obscure factoid about a long dead league.

Damn, I'm only 32 and I'm ranting about "the way things used to be!"  Geez!

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Re: Why did ESPN discontinue the Sports Almanac?
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2009, 08:45:03 PM »
That's too bad. It was originally the Information Please Sports Almanac, edited (and conceived, I think) by Mike Meserole. That group still did most of the dirty work and ESPN stuck its name and a few essays in it. Maybe ESPN didn't want to front it anymore and the group couldn't find someone else.
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Re: Why did ESPN discontinue the Sports Almanac?
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2009, 08:46:38 PM »
Am I crazy, or did World Almanac do a sports book once upon a time?
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Re: Why did ESPN discontinue the Sports Almanac?
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2009, 06:45:18 AM »
You are crazy.  But I also think you are right.

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Re: Why did ESPN discontinue the Sports Almanac?
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2009, 06:58:29 AM »
I used to get the Information Please Sports Almanac for many years as a kid. Very informative ... good nighttime reading.

I remember it also had some kind of humor section. There was a picture of Jim Kelly pumping his fist on the sideline, with a caption that read: "Hey Jim Kelly! Show us how many Super Bowl rings you have!"
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Re: Why did ESPN discontinue the Sports Almanac?
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2009, 07:02:37 AM »
Many years ago, I tried buying a copy of the Sports Almanac from a friend.

Turned out to be just the jacket covering up an issue of "Oh La La."

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Re: Why did ESPN discontinue the Sports Almanac?
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2009, 11:28:06 AM »
Hey, why don't you make like a tree, and get outta here!

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Re: Why did ESPN discontinue the Sports Almanac?
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2009, 03:57:28 PM »
Who needs ESPN when you have this?:


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Re: Why did ESPN discontinue the Sports Almanac?
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2009, 12:23:16 PM »
It was the Information Please Almanac, and that has always played a distant second fiddle to the World Almanac, whose sales (I'm certain) have been slipping since the dawn of the Internet.

Cost-cutting move, perhaps? Too bad, because I enjoyed getting it.

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Re: Why did ESPN discontinue the Sports Almanac?
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2009, 05:38:56 PM »
Hey, why don't you make like a tree, and get outta here!

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Re: Why did ESPN discontinue the Sports Almanac?
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2009, 05:45:07 PM »
Who needs ESPN when you have this?:



Exactly. That good old red x sure does come in handy, doesn't it? :D
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Re: Why did ESPN discontinue the Sports Almanac?
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2009, 10:59:19 AM »
Who needs ESPN when you have this?:



Exactly. That good old red x sure does come in handy, doesn't it? :D


LOL, it was there a couple of days ago.


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Re: Why did ESPN discontinue the Sports Almanac?
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2009, 11:55:35 AM »
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