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  1. Shadowlight

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    I typically try to avoid starting new threads from left field these days but I couldn't plug this in anywhere. I have posted about Sports Illustrated at times here and I have gotten the impression that most if not all the caste football brethren don't subscribe and or read it now.

    But as usual I will plow forward anyway. As a sports hound I have subscribed for many years with barely an interruption which happened decades ago. In the last issue I received they detailed plans about reducing the yearly amount of issues. Instead of weekly, which to be honest it hasn't been strictly weekly for quite some time now, they are publishing bi-weekly starting this year. Roughly twice a month but like banks and other modern institutions in the letter they act like they are doing the subscriber A FAVOR by offering LESS. Basically a bunch of mumbo jumbo.

    Give me a break. I am a long time subscriber and OF COURSE I would prefer a weekly magazine over a twice a month slightly bulgier edition. Who the hell is kidding who? And needless to say the price of the magazine remains the same. So less print for the same amount of money. Sounds like a sweet deal to me. At least according to the editor who is trying to sugarcoat the screw job. The only bone they are throwing to subscribers is the Swimsuit Issue is thrown in as a bonus edition which it has been in the past so not really a bone after all. My understanding is that some men opt out of the swimsuit edition ( they give subscribers a choice). Needless to say I can't figure out that line of thinking for the life of me. Ha.

    It begs the question on how they will cover events that ended two weeks prior to their publication. In recent times they have actually skipped events like Wimbledon which back in the day when people could breath freely and smile would have been unheard of. Are they going to skip coverage of say the four major tennis and golf tournaments and give you one of those look it up on their half ass website sort of thing? Their website sucks by the way. It is slow and gets hung up but I want to read the SI magazine not their damn website anyway.

    SI is really the last bastion of serious or semi serious commentary on sports in magazine print form and while it too has been infected by the caste virus, (what hasn't) for the most part they have some talented writers and once in a while they offer up illuminating stories you won't find in most newspapers. In general they are less caste oriented than ESPN. ESPN as many of you may know puts out a magazine as well and I find it to be bloody horrible. But overall SI is less caste than ESPN which isn't saying much I know but I do not want ESPN DEFINING sports anymore than they do these days so it is important that other sports media outlets like SI stay relevant and on top of things.
     
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  2. Don Wassall

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    I've read or subscribed to SI most of my life, but let my latest subscription lapse a couple of years ago. No question a lot of good articles are mixed in with the majority cultural communist flow. I have many fond memories of SI from when I was a kid, but not so many as an adult.

    Cutting back the number of issues is a sign of the times. Print publications have dropped precipitously in circulation over the past decade and there is no end in sight to that trend. Same with all-important advertising revenue. I've published a political newspaper for 33 years and it gets harder every year to keep it going in the age of the internet. There will always be a remnant base of readers for print publications (and books), but the question for any given publication is whether it's sufficient to keep it in business.

    My favorite publication growing up was The Sporting News, a long-time family-owned sports publication that was heavily tilted toward baseball coverage, my then favorite sport. When the Spink family sold it to corporate interests it went downhill amazingly fast, by the mid '00s becoming an unreadable bunch of useless fluff that makes ESPN The Magazine look like serious journalism by comparison.
     
  3. white is right

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    There is has been a consolidation of magazines with weaker publications either going bankrupt or becoming pay sites on the internet.

    I too used to be an avid reader of SI and other magazines, but when the internet became larger in the late 90's my buying of magazines virtually ended as many of the monthly boxing magazines that I bought were grossly out of date. I also noticed that when the consolidation happened prices went up on these magazines as the quality of paper increased. Comics and sports cards have had a similar consolidation and price increases.
     
  4. Flint

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    As hard as it is to mourn the fading of SI which long ago descended into heavy cultural marxism, the problem with another big print business going the way of the dinosaur is that the investigative reporting that they have done over the years has been very good. Unfortunately the fourth estate does have a role in society, digging up information and putting it together to shine a light on places that prefer the darkness. SI was pretty good at it because they got good stories that were important. That sold magazines. People now want all that for free, and loser guy sitting in his basement putting together other peoples stuff from the internet is not a substitute for the guy who went out IRL and dug up the dirt.

    Unfortunately times have changed and what SI really excelled at was glossy color photos which could bring sport figures to life back in an age before the internet pumped out gigs of video. My son once asked me what I saw in my old baseball cards when I was a kid. I told him it was the only chance to see what those guys looked like! I would never get to see a Willie Mays or Sandy Koufax in real life, they never came to the AL park where I lived and only rarely showed up on the grainy B&W TV we had. Heck I didn't know what the local guys looked like except through the baseball cards. I remember what a thrill it was to get my first SI with large clear color photos of the people I had only read about until then. While that world has long gone I still think there is a place for color glossy magazines. I still flip through them at the dentists office but yeah the story is way out of date by then.
     
  5. DixieDestroyer

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    I subscribed to SI from the late 80s thru the mid 90s, but lost some interest (whilst trying to save some dough). These days, I’d not pay a plug nickel for that rag. It makes a good litter box bottom-liner though. ;)
     
  6. Don Wassall

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    Was waiting in the dentist's office the other day and picked up an SI to read. I was very surprised at how thin it was at 60 pages, about half of what it was when my last subscription ran out just two years ago. The number of articles was noticeably down, and the number of advertising pages was way down. Looks to be in a death spiral, which is fine with me. The cultural communists are reaping what they sowed, which is massive indifference toward their agenda from the younger generations.
     
  7. white is right

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    Yes the broke many scandals ie the Oklahoma scandal under Switzer, steroid abuse in various segments of society, pay for play in college sports, etc.

    When ESPN does something similar online it doesn't seem the same reading it, I tend to only want to read the broad strokes and not finish articles.

    As Don noted the publication is now really a pamphlet compared to what it used to be and budgets for stories that may not get printed if sources aren't verified are the first things to go when budgets are slashed.
     
  8. Shadowlight

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    A grim follow up on the new Sports Illustrated "experiment" of publishing every two weeks instead of (sort of) weekly.

    Below is a lengthy article that most if not all of you won't read but it captures the glaring problems with the magazine over the past couple of decades and especially the last several. Cutting back on their yearly issues has destroyed the great flow that was a hallmark of the magazine.

    I couldn't give you an exact date but several years ago or more SI didn't cover Wimbledon because it finished on the week their double summer issue came out. That to me was a GIANT FLAG. Subsequently they have missed covering a few Wimbledon torunaments and other Tennis Grand Slams over the past five years or so. Wimbledon like the Indy 500, Kentucky Derby and The Masters were always venerated by SI over the years and they put out the best lavish coverage out there. There was a time I couldn't wait to get the new issue on Thursdays.

    This year they couldn't do a proper College Basketball March Madness special because the magazine came out right before the selections were made. And to put a cherry on top of things they decided to SKIP The Masters. For the first time in history is my guess.

    The article below goes into great detail of the downfall and rightly points out this every other week crap is NOT GOING TO CUT IT.

    Unless they reverse course and get back to publishing every week or close to it I sense SI will be doomed which means there will be no print outlet, besides newspapers, in the USA left to document the big sporting events. Unfortunately SI is more than half way to that point as it stands now.

    One silver lining. The new owner is trying to sell the magazine and in the article they are hoping it takes place before the middle of the summer.

    I know most if not all here at caste don't bother with SI and my subscription runs out way down the road but for me SI, like so many other magazines in this tough day and age for print publications, has taken the short cut and in the end the quality of the magazine has gone way down.

    Best case scenario is that SI gets bought out and returns to a weekly magazine and goes back to the philosophy that worked so well for them in the past that gives a middle finger to "modern day" conventions. If that doesn't work at least they went down fighting. Now they are just limping along in no man's land.

    https://www.theringer.com/2018/4/11/17220176/sports-illustrated-future-meredith-sale-history
     
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  9. Shadowlight

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    I just learned about SI being up for sale after reading the article above. The company that bought SI late last year couldn't be more opposite if it tried. Take a gander at the titles of the Meredith Corporation : Ladies Home Journal, Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens and Martha Stewart Living. WOW.

    The good news is they want to sell SI and fast. Also looking to get rid of Money, Forbes and the historic Time magazine too.

    The asking price for SI is too high but industry experts predict a big wig will buy it for the prestige and trophy aspect. Imagine the clout you could wield by buying SI?

    I barely have enough money for groceries so that leaves me out ha but I can dream can't I?

    As the new owner I would go back to 52 issues a year. I would pump up the swimsuit issue even further and create an even bigger cottage industry around it than even now. Word is that issue is the Golden Goose. And there will be ZERO guys in swim trunks in that issue. All ladies. It is called tradition.

    There will be only one double issue at the end of the year. So it will go back to coming out every week. Including the swimsuit issue that makes 52. Perfect!

    I would also go RETRO and return SI to it's roots. I would give it a retro look ( hey vinyl has made a comeback why not?) and move away from too much modern gimmickry. I look at it this way when people see cars driving down roads and highways they don't say to themselves that is swell. But when people see a train rounding the bend they still think it is neat. Bring back old fashioned stuff I say.

    There would be mandatory rules. For example without exception there will be a Wimbledon cover and a Masters cover. Also there will be at the very least two tennis and two golf covers per year. On the average though I would like to see three tennis and golf covers every year. And the same goes for hockey with a mandatory cover for the Stanley Cup winner too.

    I would cut back on the basketball and football covers to make room for sports like Track and Field and other Olympic sports like Women's Figure Skating or skiing etc.. Branch out like they did in the 50's and 60's.

    I would also have at least one soccer cover every year. That could expand to two or three as the sport continues to become more popular.

    The four majors in tennis and golf would be completely covered and the basketball, baseball, hockey and football previews would go back to the extra thick issues. That includes college football and basketball.

    Will all of this result in more white athletes gracing the cover? You bet your ass. But it is essential to give sports a proper panorama rather than the narrow over emphasis on black football and basketball players that ESPN has perfected over the years with their long running attempt to introduce to us the black superman myth.

    Buying a print medium today whether it be newspapers or magazines is an uphill battle for sure. But it also represents a great opportunity to assert a new narrative that pushes back on the computer robot world future ( that most people dread) and brings back good old fashioned stuff that actually gives people pleasure.

    Buying SI to me is a great chance to change things up in the world so I would think some proud mega rich entrepreneur would jump at the chance to bring back SI to the golden ages or at the very least make it the staple of sports writing again.

    We will see where the chips fall. I hope the buyer has grand designs for SI. Otherwise if it is one of those turn style operators SI will surely go down the drain for good.

    See below two contrasts in covers. The first one is a classy Mickey Mantle picture in the style I want to see on a cover.

    The second one is the just out Saquon Barkley cover. Not so classy with his shirt off giving off a primitive vibe.

    [ Note having trouble getting the Barkley cover. No loss there. One other thing. There would only be ONE cover. None of this multi -cover regional crap.]

    https://www.si.com/vault/issue/42445/1/1
     
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  10. Heretic

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    Those are some great ideas. I had a subscription to SI for about 12 years...'77 - '88. Once the Caste system became entrenched, especially in football, I cancelled my subscription. All of these Rags are going bankrupt because they aren't offering a counter-narrative to the prevailing Caste media propaganda.

    They lost sight of who their core audience was or thought all of us would be brainwashed by now by their ubiquitous and unrelenting propaganda, which includes Time, Money, Fortune, Newsweek, et al.

    I've mentioned the similar approach that Marvel Comics has taken, and it's imploding on them as well. (((Who))) on earth would they think that their core audience (either sports or comics) would be comprised of radical feminists, black supremacists who can't read beyond an 8th grade level, and soy-boy cucks? There's a potentially huge market for a "Sports Illustrated" that is simply not pushing an agenda, but just calls a spade a spade. It doesn't even have to be expressly "pro-White", just honest, forthright and fact-based.
     

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