Wow. Even though I never really read TSN much, it is still kind of sad to see a publication that old close it's doors. Just a sign of the times I suppose seeing as how Borders Books store (an Ann Arbor based company) closed it's doors last year and now the print magazines are starting to go by the wayside.
OTish: RIP Sporting News (Mag), 1886-2012
Misleading title. The TSN will continue as an online only periodical through its AOL partnership.
Don't get out the bagpipes quite yet, however. The Sporting News will continue as an all-digital brand with its AOL-partnered website, as well as its iPad and Android apps.
Anything "published" online is not going to be as good as a magazine that is scrutinized by an editor. How was they even going to make money if people do not have to pay a subscription fee and they do not sell anything? Why would they partner with America Online? I finally had to cancel my contract with them, the internet was just getting slower and slower, especially since I moved. I don't know if AOL does not have an office in Florida, but it is much slower.
This post is a HALL OF FAME post. Everything about it is brilliant. Genius!!!
I want to worship at the alter of Herm.
Herm, please impregnate my girlfriend. I want to raise the son of God.
Judging by your picture, you don't have a girlfriend.
If only you were real...
Lol ok grandpa. Even my 70year old parents have an ipad and a nook.
You should respect Herm, damnit. He didn't fight the Nazi's so you could give your parents ipads for christmas.
If Herm's in the class of 1961 like his username suggests, he's probably the son of a guy who fought the Nazis. The WWII generation is around 90 years old now.
in related news, the severed head of Ted Williams is being cryogenically preserved somewhere in Arizona also. So he's not RIP either.
EDIT: how long do i have to be here to remember how to reply to a post rather than the OP? yeesh.
"how long do i have to be here to remember how to reply to a post rather than the OP?"
Looks like at least one more day.
I thought AOL disappeared at the same time 56K modems did.
...I actually think I'm more surprised to learn that AOL is still around.
They're a lot like Yahoo now -- a digital media company with free email accounts. They own an array of properties, including MapQuest, Moviefone, TechCrunch, Engadget, Huffington Post. The Sporting News fills a gap in their portfolio -- not quite sure what being "partners" with AOL means, but I'll guess it means AOL will eventually own it, if it doesn't already.
AOL still offers dial-up access, though:
[Select the "I am a dial-up internet User" button to see the 100% dial-up plans.]
I want my data transmitted through copper wire!
Of AOL the day I got rid of my Tandy.
Circuit City is an "online retailer" too. Yeah that's working out great. It's a shame. The Sporting News used to be a big deal.
So is Amazon and soon will Best Buy.
Paper is dead, long live electronic.
There have actually been ample successful launches in recent years. The difference is that they tend to cater to niche markets and often cost a premium. For example, as long as they keep producing quality content, I'll happily pay extra for something like Treats! or Monocle.
The old idea of a print offering reaching mass appeal, however, does appear to be terminal. Some of it is the result of technology but a lot of their problems have been self-inflicted by gutting their quality in cost saving efforts.
only on mgo can you find a dude on a football blog who reads Treats!
A lot of dead retail chains exist online, I'm sure at least some of them are seeing money out of it since Wards, for example, has been doing it online only for a decade.
I still have my TSN from right after the Michgian 1997 national championship Rose Bowl game with Charles Woodson on the cover. It is a thing of beauty.
Sporting News vs Sports Illustrated was sort of like hard core sports fan vs wine and cheese sports fan.
I liked TSN. Those complete MLB team statistics were awesome in the pre-internet age.
I know now we have access to more information than ever, but I feel like we're losing something with print media going away.
Now that was fantasy baseball back in the day.
Not just the MLB statistics, but the minor league stats and box scores. There wasn't a better way to keep up with baseball back then, and I read every issue pretty much cover-to-cover in the 70s and early 80s.
We were an Avalon Hill (the SI games) and APBA crowd though--didn't play Strat except for hockey.
They seemed to have an Ohio bent. They're the ones that printed the "M stands for Mediocre" article back in 1997. Still sad to see an institution go by the wayside in changing times.
I dunno. Some happy day in the not too distant future there will be a similar thread created announcing that the Detroit Free Press has shuttered its doors and ceased publication. That's one institution I will not miss at all.
And like all print media it's day is coming. Soon.
I loved their college football preview magazines back in the early and mid 90's.
It's going to suck when all magazines and newspapers are online
No it won't. The only people who actually believe that are people like Herm. I personally have not used a paper publication in years. Why should I when I have an ipad.
Paper/print is expensive and wasteful.
And what happens when technology fails?
I just don't like relying for a computer doing everything. Because if those things malfunction, everyone is SOL.
We start living like Doomsday preparers. Speaking of, I need to stock up my underground bunker for the coming robot apocalypse. There is no way they are going to plug me into the matrix.
Gotta love 'em. Are you more an axe thrower, or throwing star aficionado?
I used to have subscriptions to Sporting News, SI, and ESPN the magazine all at once. Then the internets tooks over. The Sporting News was a real good magazine. I feel bad for ditching them now.
It's just not very efficient. I got that magazine deal for ESPN for $9 for 2 years posted on here and I know that physical copy is going straight to the trash. I only got it for free insider. Print is gone by the wayside. I get there's a little bit of nostalgia involved but meh. I love being able to take my tablet on trips and having books, magazines, movies, musics and games all on one small device. I have endless entertainment options as opposed to having pick and choose what I want to bring.
But what happens when the AOL goes out? That's when you'll regret not having your satchel full of gazettes.
What happens when Skynet's stock price plummets? Then they will have to switch to a new, cheap power source. One that is organic and self-sustaining. OMG, we are headed towards the Matrix.
How about a planet of cows floating in jelly instead of people? Easier to feed, easier to run the matrix, and unlikely to attempt escape or threaten their masters.
Johan Gutenberg is sad.
Boy, you weren't kidding:
LOL good one. Gutenberg is seriously one of the more underrated scientific minds in history. Doubtful though. He was a man of science and progress like other Enligtenment thinkers [though he probably pre-dates what most of us think of as the Enlightenment era]. They didn't spend their time yearning for the past but looked ahead.
Gutenberg lived a couple of centuries before the Enlightenment. He was part of the Renaissance.
I'm not sure if he's really underrated. A lot of people recognize that the invention of the printing press brought about a huge transformation in the way people communicated.
While Ada Lovelace is smiling
...to see a number of people on here claim that "print is dead" yet wasn't this the same website that just this year managed to raise more than twice their goal in a fundraising effort to produce a print magazine/book called Hail To The Victors?
I'll re-iterate my earlier point, print is by no means dead. In fact, there is a lot of opportunity right now if you produce quality content. What is dying is profit driven, corporately produced shit, like the Fr**p, that lack any worthwhile content. This is a good trend but it by no means implies that the print medium is finished.
to the crapper! I use an Ipad and Kindle but it can't replace print for my money. Still sad about Sporting News : (
From the Yahoo! article -
"TSN will still publish its college football yearbook, as well as yearbooks for NFL, baseball, college basketball, fantasy football and fantasy baseball, and the usual TSN content will be online. We wish the best for The Sporting News in its all-digital age."
I admit that I do like the printed yearbooks and have collected these for a long time, and this seems to indicate that these at least might still be around. Still, it is a bit of a shame that yet another magazine is leaving the increasingly bare physical newsstands of the world, especially one like "The Sporting News".
There are a number of reasons this makes sense. It's obvious to anyone who is paying attention that the physical newspaper/magazine model is undergoing what sports leagues call "contraction."
Everyone has a smartphone, a tablet, a laptop, a desktop, or any combination thereof. People aren't buying magazines and newspapers anymore, becuase most of the information is available online, and usually for free.
Magazines and newspapers never really made much of a profit on physical sales, but made most of their profit from advertising. In this era, the online model simply makes more sense. Consumers get the product free in many cases, and can choose to buy subscription products, while advertisers are still paying for "circulation," which is now measured in "clicks."
Another factor: the internet age has grossly eroded the average attention span. People are now two or three clicks away from whatever they want. The kind of in-depth reporting that people used to enjoy from Sporting News really isn't as important to the average consumer nowadays.
People want information now, and they want a forum or comment field in which to vent. They don't need to buy a magazine or a physical newspaper for either of those.