ESPN The Magazine

ESPN The Magazine was an American monthly sports magazine published by the ESPN sports network in Bristol, Connecticut. The first issue was published on March 11, 1998.[2][3] Initially published every other week, it scaled back to 24 issues a year in early 2016, then became a monthly in its later days.

ESPN The Magazine
Editor In ChiefAlison Overholt
Total circulation
(June 2018)
First issueNovember 3, 1998
Final issueSeptember 2019
CompanyESPN Inc. (The Walt Disney Company/Hearst Communications)
CountryUnited States
Based inBristol, Connecticut

The main sports covered include Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, National Football League, National Hockey League, college basketball, and college football. The magazine typically took a more lighthearted and humorous approach to sporting news compared with competitors such as Sports Illustrated and, previously, the Sporting News.

On April 30, 2019, ESPN announced they would cease paper publishing in September 2019.[4][5] A multiplatform monthly story called ESPN Cover Story was launched to continue the magazine's legacy featuring a digital poster-style cover and profile in cover story fashion, including the continuation of NEXT Athlete proclamations and The Body Issue.[6]


Some of the regular departments, in their magazine order:

  • Two Way: Stuart Scott answered questions from readers, giving his own opinions.
  • The Biz: Peter Keating writes about the business side of sports and its effect on the sporting world.
  • The Post: Looking back at the previous edition of the magazine with some of the readers' comments and updates on past stories.
  • Zoom: One large "image of the week," occupying two pages.
  • The Jump: A mix of different regular features, offering an alternative and usually humorous take on the current sporting scene.
  • Outtakes: A transcript of an interview from The Dan Patrick Show with a sport star mostly talking about non sports issues. Kenny Mayne succeeded Patrick in this regular feature.
  • The Life of Reilly: Former Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly gives his opinions on the sports world, and reports upon various "special interest" stories in sports.
  • NEXT Athlete: Yearly award given out to young rising star athletes.
  • Athlete X: a feature that ran in the late 2000s where an anonymous athlete from various sports (MLB, NFL, and NASCAR) offered an insider's perspective.

Most of these departments and features were dropped after a 2011 editorial change. By 2016, only Zoom and The Biz still appeared regularly. There is also a recurring column that focuses on Sabermetrics, as well as The Truth, a back-page editorial that focuses on controversial topics. The Big Ticket, similar to The Jump, was introduced when ESPN Mag became a monthly in Fall 2018.

The Body Issue

The annual "Body Issue", which debuted in 2009 as its answer to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, features naked and scantily-clad athletes.[7] The "Body Issue" addresses the physical structure of the most popular athletes to show what parts of their body they see as almost "perfect".[7]

See also

  • ESPN Deportes La Revista, a Spanish-language magazine


  1. "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Alliance for Audited Media. June 30, 2018. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  2. "Top 100 U.S. Magazines by Circulation" (PDF). PSA Research Center. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 15, 2016. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
  3. "List of Top 10 Best Sports Magazines of All time". Sporty Ghost. March 3, 2015. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
  4. Ourand, John (April 30, 2019). "ESPN The Magazine To Cease Publishing In September". Sports Business Daily. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  5. "ESPN The Magazine to cease regular publication in September after 21-year run". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
  6. "The Next Big Thing for ESPN The Magazine". 5 September 2019. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  7. Michael McCarthy (September 28, 2009). "First look: In ESPN's magazine, showing skin is no issue". USA Today. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
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