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4.5 out of 5 stars 116 customer reviews

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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SI's still got it January 2, 2002
I have been a subscriber to SI for 18 years (since my junior year in high school). Some may be disappointed with the magazine because it is essentially the BusinessWeek of the sports world. But just as we have CNBC for real-time business info, we have ESPN (or CNNSI) for real-time sports info. That's not what SI is supposed to be - never was. SI fills the role of recapping the major developments in the sports world, while adding a great mix of some feature articles (often athlete profiles or controversial issues), "hit-and-run" facts and figures, as well as the obligatory editorials. When I consider what I look forward to each week, it's actually not the wrap-ups of major sports events or some high profile story. It's the "little things":
-the provactive close-up pictures at the beginning
-Letters to the Editor (maybe the only ones I read of any mag)
-Go figure (intriguing numbers that tell a story)
-Rick Reilly's last page column (he has a warm, conversational style that's almost mesmerizing)
Yes, it's true. You'll read more about baseball, football and basketball than you will about swimming, golf, or extreme sports. But accept SI for what it is - a great way to stay current, go deeper than the daily sports page, and be entertained. The price offered here is cheaper than my own subscription - it's also cheaper than a cup of coffee and lasts longer. So if you are even half a sports fan, you should be treating yourself to a weekly SI.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Champion Only By Reputation November 17, 2006
Like the lumbering, over-the-hill heavyweight fighter who still has just enough sting in that legendary left hook to be seen as a contender in the eyes of a promoter looking for a good pay-per-view buy-rate, Sports Illustrated continues to pack just enough punch to keep up with ESPN the Magazine and The Sporting News. But what a fall it has been over the past several years.

When SI was rocked by ESPN the Magazine's hip style (surprisingly, with several former SI staffers designing the award-winning layout), it began to revamp the format; in particular, the front section with quirky, short features and trendy questions and answers from athletes. It was tweaked over the years, but is now getting smaller and smaller.

Where The Sporting News emerged from the abyss with weekly columns covering a wide-range of sports, SI has toiled with its back pages to have quick hits on pro and college athletics. But unlike the TSN columnists - who deliver more opinion than straight news - SI typically plays it safe with facts and stats.

There has been a disturbing trend where it seems that pages are for sale to anyone with a nice check. A recent article on SEC football had all the puff of a paid advertisement and SI relies way too much on book excerpts throughout the year.

Many of the feature stories seemingly could have been penned at any time and then updated with a dash of new material for publication. The recent cover story on Ray Lewis could actually have been used at any point of the football season. And for an editor to allow the quotes from cowards - sources that wouldn't go on the record - critical of Alex Rodriguez was nothing short of tabloid journalism.

The Internet certainly has redefined the publication of weekly magazines.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The "Time" of the Sports World October 26, 2001
Yes, Sports Illustrated is mainstream and often predictable. Yes, the swimsuit issue is prehistoric and offensive to many. And yes, they've put Michael Jordan on the cover 50 times. But it's usually pretty well written (and sometimes very well written), they do cover a pretty broad variety of sports, and the photographs are always stunning. It's amazing that in this age of televised live digital technology, Sports Illustrated's photos still are often more interesting to view than the televised events. If you like sports but don't have time or have better things to do than watch Sportscenter every night, Sports Illustrated is a reliable, quick, and enjoyable way to stay on top of the US's major sports stories week by week. It's also the magazine that I always pick up first at the dentist's office.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The winner and still champion May 20, 2004
By A Customer
SI has been around for fifty years and has only gotten better with age. The writing is still top notch and the pictures are breathtaking. Quite simply SI is journalism at its finest.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Magazine for the sports lover January 4, 2007
This is a great value for anyone who loves sports. Amazon's price was better than anywhere I checked.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Magazine is great it was the renewal price... February 22, 2009
My husband loves this mag so I told him I would add it to his Christmas list. He gets a VERY flattering renewal notice in mail - valued member since 1984, special renewal rates for him etc... His SPECIAL renewal rate was $100.24!!!!!! For one year. Checking online I saw several sites offering about $39.00/yr. Getting ticked off I called SI and basically told the girl this is bull what's the deal? I was told I could renew online at the $39.00 rate and guess what? A window pops up asking me if I would like to send someone else a subscription for the same year for ONE DOLLAR!! My son is now very happy too! Just watch it - if you are stupid enough to send the envelope back with your hundred dollar check they will take it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best sports magazine in the world... February 2, 2005
By Human
I've been an off-and-on subscriber to SI since I was a kid. I've grown to love the magazine and idolize a few of the staff writers. Despite being the best, the magazine is far from perfect. Lately, I've found that many of the articles deal with things that I, and many sports fans, probably don't care about. And they give too much coverage to pro football when it's in season, even though I've noticed that the football coverage is among the worst in the magazine. There are a few writers who I can't stand (die Austin Murphy!) and some who think they are better than they really are (Rick Reilly), and some who are underappreciated (Steve Rushin). However, some of the finest reading I've ever done has been in Sports Illustrated. There are some stories that stick with you for years. SI beats the crap out of the terrible ESPN magazine, which seems more interested in comedy than in sports.
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