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They've been trying to give away the magazine for years.

Massive changes are taking place at one of the media industry's most famous outlets, with Sports Illustrated having notified its staff of drastic and widespread layoffs.

More than 40 staff members were cut from the sports institution on Thursday, according to The Wall Street Journal and reports in other outlets.

The Journal reported many employees were expecting to be told they were being laid off during a meeting scheduled for midday on Thursday, only for that meeting to be canceled at the last minute.

A group of employees were then called into another meeting shortly after 4 p.m., when they were told "their positions were being eliminated," according to The Journal.

Some reports suggest up to half of the sports bible's staff was being cut. "Management at Sports Illustrated just informed its newsroom in meetings that half the staff has been laid off, according to a person present," NPR reported on Thursday.

The exact number of layoffs is unclear, however, multiple staff members have announced they were let go on Twitter.

Staff writer Tim Rohan confirmed the layoffs on Thursday, tweeting that he was one of the employees who lost a job.

"This industry can be heartbreaking, but I don't want out. If you're hiring, I'm all ears," staff writer Joan Niesen tweeted.

According to The WSJ, the publication's chief executive announced earlier this week that Christian Stone, editor-in-chief, was leaving after seven years.

Sports Illustrated was licensed by TheMaven Inc. in June. It's reportedly planning to hire as many as 200 contractors to work for the outlet.

Just before the layoffs, SI employees signed a petition requesting that Meredith Corp. and Authentic Brands ditch TheMaven.

The petition claimed that TheMaven was trying to replace employees and would ultimately hurt the publication's quality. “TheMaven wants to replace top journalists in the industry with a network of Maven freelancers and bloggers while reducing or eliminating departments that have ensured that the stories we publish and produce meet the highest standards,” it read.

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For awhile I was getting full subscriptions to Sports Illustrated and Rolling Stone for $2 each a year, and then I even cancelled those.

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SI went to the shits years ago.

I always lived Sporting News, but the internet killed the sports news magazines, because of the time to get the news.

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They shouldn't then have been doing contemporary stuff. Do proper analysis or whatever to make it a premium purchase. The Athletic is making the model work online.

Although saturation coverage might be hurting as well, after all how much more is there to say about one of 168 baseball games each team plays in a season after it's been on a 24/7 news channel in a loop for ages?

On top of which, I was in the States during the 2016 Olympics, and its coverage was basically Simone Biles, Simone Biles, Simone Biles, Usain Bolt, and Simone Biles. Ludicrously jingoistic and exclusionary. Even sports in which the US were doing well were ignored. No wonder Michael Johnson became a BBC pundit.

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kargol wrote:

Although saturation coverage might be hurting as well, after all how much more is there to say about one of 168 baseball games each team plays in a season after it's been on a 24/7 news channel in a loop for ages?

162 games commie. You said you were here in 2016, were you even legal Jose?

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Ha ha! To every employee, let me be the first to say, "learn to code, dickface."

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Sports Illustrated will almost certainly end its print publication at some point very soon apart from the swimsuit issue, perhaps something like the NFL preview, and stuff like a team winning a championship and SI putting out some sort of commemorative issue with classic photos and articles about the team in question. The website will go on with bloggers and hacks. If SI's long term previous owners had a clue they would have turned into what ESPN.com is or TheAthletic.com or even CBSsports.com. Instead, they put together a website that has generally lacked meaningful content and has long had a buggy design that made navigation and access to content far more of a chore than it should ever have been. It's a sad state of affairs because this was a property that had a lot of potential as an online property even as print media died, but no one was properly minding the store.

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KGB wrote: Ha ha! To every employee, let me be the first to say, "learn to code, dickface."


BTW, if this were twitter, you'd be put in time out for hate speech..."Learn to code" is the same as calling someone the n-word on there lol..

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I'm being 100% honest here. I didn't even realize that Sports Illustrated still printed a magazine, and I work at an advertising company. I thought that SI was strictly online now and has been for a few years. So I guess it makes sense as to why they are cutting staff when their target market doesn't even realize they still exist.

Another 100% honest comment: In the past five years, the only magazines that have been purchased in my house are four separate LIFE magazine photo tributes that were relating to either Disney or the Royal Family (my wife is a sucker for glossy picture magazines), and the Entertainment Weekly that had Jon Snow on the cover this past spring. I have also gotten through work for her a complete set of the EW covers of GoT and Buffy the Vampire Slayer because she likes those. They all just sit neatly in a drawer, unused.



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