Sports Magazines... who needs em?

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    Mar 23, 2007 4:24 AM GMT
    I long ago came to the conclusion that the first purpose of sports magazines is to sell over-priced junk to newbies.

    Has anybody kept subscribing to a sports magazine after you're clued in and geared up? What magazines are worth keeping and why?

    Lately, I've been subscribing to "Men's Fitness." Most of it is a waste, but I find some of the monthly work-outs and recipes useful. (I razor them out and put them in notebooks.)

    Maybe websites (like this one, maybe?) will turn out to be a better source of that kind of info.
  • irishkcguy

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    Mar 23, 2007 5:35 PM GMT
    As a general rule I dislike the sports media. Essentially you have a bunch of non-athletes reporting on what athletes do. And as a result of that, the accomplishments of many athletes is completely lost or unavailable for the public to hear about. My background is wrestling (competing and coaching) and wrestling is something the sports media never covers. They don't cover it because they don't understand it; this despite the fact that it is the reporters job to find out about things they don't know. And don't even get me started on ESPN. Apparently poker players are their idea of well conditioned athletes. ESPN has elevated poker, darts, spelling bees and competitive eating to a level about legitimate sports like wrestling, swimming, diving, rugby, soccer.....
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    Mar 23, 2007 6:52 PM GMT
    I'm still recovering from "The National" going under. The idea of a daily sports newspaper is something I'm still hoping will return. USA Today's sports section has it's moments, but the rest of the paper is useless, so I only pick it up whenever a big sports event is going on.

    I've subscribed to Sports Illustrated in the past and still pick it up occasionally. They have great writers and photos, but not great at keeping up with the sports on a day-2-day or week-2-week basis.

    USA Today's Sports Weekly is a GREAT resourse if you're a baseball junkie, but no a great source on the football side and those are the only 2 sports they cover.

    I currently subscribe to the Sporting News because is was under $10 for an annual subscription, but I'm not impressed with the quality of coverage.

    I think the internet is a great resource, but it doesn't have the editorial controls of a weekly magazine, so you have to be careful what you read and find out about the source of the information.

    For guys like me, who love talking about sports, this site is a great place to debate and inform on variety of sports. Love when guys can tell me about sports outside my personal arena of knowledge - be it lacrosse, mountain climbing, rodeo, golf...whatever.

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    Mar 26, 2007 1:20 AM GMT
    I remember seeing a copy of The National - it was great. Too bad it didn't make it. I subscribe to a couple of different magazines but am not really faithful to anything. One year I may get SI, then ESPN the Mag, then Outside or Adventure, etc. Like to change 'em up. Usually get one golf magazine almost always as I'm a near scratch and play tourneys.