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RIP ESPN The Magazine

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Inky_Wretch, Apr 30, 2019.

  1. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Well-Known Member

    I used to be so devoted to SI that when I was working for six weeks in the Seven Corners areas of Northern Virginia I would buy the magazine off the rack. But the local Barnes and Noble and Safeway only received a new edition on the second Tuesday after the close, which dated the magazine. I found that a dumpy supermarket got the magazine the Thursday after close, five days earlier, so I would dutifully swing by and buy the copy. Now I get SI as part of of Texture ($10 a month and you get 200 magazines). I never look at SI. I find it hard to believe my habits have changed that much but they have.
  2. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    My grocery store typically has 16 or so gun magazines.
  3. Fran Curci

    Fran Curci Well-Known Member

    Is The Undefeated next? I imagine they could keep cutting budget but keep it going for a while. With no print product, costs are mostly limited to personnel and rent (neither of which is insignificant).
  4. ESPN is giving Undefeated EIC Kevin Merida another job, per Ourand, though he's still keeping his Undefeated gig:

    Don't really know how to interpret that shuffling of jobs, other than to say I'm not sure the Undefeated has made any sort of impact. And with the NY Post report from a few months back about how ESPN isn't done cutting costs, I can't say I'm optimistic about its long-term prognosis.
  5. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    When you're paying $100 million for EACH of those dog Monday Night Football games, you got to cut corners somehow.

    The Booger-mobile, and now The Mag.
  6. Regan MacNeil

    Regan MacNeil Well-Known Member

    To be as fair as possible, ESPN pays that much so it can get rights to all NFL highlights and the Super Bowl on ABC every four years. They're not just paying for MNF games.
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  7. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    ABC hasn't televised a Super Bowl since 2006.

    The get the doggiest of the dog Wildcard game (usually a Houston Texans game).
  8. Regan MacNeil

    Regan MacNeil Well-Known Member

    Well, shut my mouth. Guess I hadn't noticed. Then yeah, ESPN made a bad, bad investment.
  9. 3_Octave_Fart

    3_Octave_Fart Well-Known Member

    I always believed ESPN getting shit MNF matchups and such was subtle payback for things like Playmakers, which you will recall the league was (rather publicly) none too pleased with.
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  10. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    More likely the Concussion reporting, Ray Rice reporting, and Goodell reporting.
  11. Alma

    Alma Well-Known Member

    That and other things. ESPN has covered the NFL in the last 10 years or so like an institution that needs to be discredited and dismantled. It covers the NBA with endless wonder and admiration. That’s how Skipper felt about the respective sports and it shows in the coverage of them.
    exmediahack likes this.
  12. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    $1.9 billion per year
    No super bowl
    The dog wildcard game
    No flex
    About twice what the other networks pay
    Tons of Jaguar and Titans games and other atrocities

    It's unreal.

    If they told the NFL no, and the NFL told them to go pound sand, how many people who like sports were going to drop cable/espn?

    Good god, that was a bad negotiation.
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