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ESPN The Magazine is a monthly sports magazine published by the ESPN sports network in Bristol, Connecticut, in the United States. The first issue was published on March 11, 1998.[2][3]

ESPN The Magazine
ESPN magazine cover Michael Phelps.jpg
Editor In ChiefAlison Overholt
CategoriesSports
FrequencyMonthly
Total circulation
(June 2018)
2,144,483[1]
First issueMarch 11, 1998; 21 years ago (1998-03-11)
Final issueSeptember 2019; 1 month's time (2019-09)
CompanyESPN Inc. (The Walt Disney Company/Hearst Communications[citation needed])
CountryUnited States
Based inBristol, Connecticut
LanguageEnglish
Websitehttp://insider.espn.com/insider/espn-the-magazine/
ISSN1097-1998

The main sports covered include Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, National Football League, National Hockey League, college basketball, and college football. The magazine typically takes a more lighthearted and humorous approach to sporting news compared with competitors such as Sports Illustrated and, previously, the Sporting News.

On April 30, 2019, ESPN announced they would cease paper publishing in September 2019.[4][5]

Contents

DepartmentsEdit

Some of the regular departments, in their magazine order:

  • Two Way: Stuart Scott answered questions from readers, giving his own opinions.
  • The Biz: Peter King writes about the business side of sports and its effect on the sporting world.
  • The Post: Looking back at the previous edition of the magazine with some of the readers' comments and updates on past stories.
  • Zoom: One large "image of the week," occupying two pages.
  • The Jump: A mix of different regular features, offering an alternative and usually humorous take on the current sporting scene.
  • Outtakes: A transcript of an interview from The Dan Patrick Show with a sport star mostly talking about non sports issues. Interviews now done by Kenny Mayne.
  • The Life of Reilly: Former Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly gives his opinions on the sports world, and reports upon various "special interest" stories in sports.
  • NEXT Athlete: Yearly award given out to young rising star athletes.
  • Athlete X: a feature that ran in the late 2000s where an anonymous athlete from various sports (MLB, NFL, and NASCAR) offered an insider's perspective.

Most of these departments and features were dropped after a 2011 editorial change. As of 2016, only Zoom and The Biz still appear regularly. There is also a recurring column that focuses on Sabermetrics, as well as The Truth, a back-page editorial that focuses on controversial topics.

The Body IssueEdit

The annual "Body Issue", which debuted in 2009 as its answer to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, features naked and scantily-clad athletes.[6] The "Body Issue" addresses the physical structure of the most popular athletes to show what parts of their body they see as almost "perfect".[6]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Alliance for Audited Media. June 30, 2018. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  2. ^ "Top 100 U.S. Magazines by Circulation" (PDF). PSA Research Center. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
  3. ^ "List of Top 10 Best Sports Magazines of All time". Sporty Ghost. March 3, 2015. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
  4. ^ Ourand, John (April 30, 2019). "ESPN The Magazine To Cease Publishing In September". Sports Business Daily. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  5. ^ "ESPN The Magazine to cease regular publication in September after 21-year run". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
  6. ^ a b Michael McCarthy (September 28, 2009). "First look: In ESPN's magazine, showing skin is no issue". USA Today. Retrieved February 1, 2015.

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