It looks like the end of an era for ESPN The Magazine. The publication, which has been in circulation for more than two decades, will reportedly cease printing later this year.
According to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, the magazine will stop its print edition in September. ESPN The Magazine originally launched in March 1998.
Ourand reports that no employees will be laid off today, though “a handful” will be without jobs come the fall. Additionally, the magazine’s employees have reportedly already begun to be integrated across ESPN’s other platforms.
Further details can be found below, courtesy of ESPN Insider James Miller and The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis.
September will be @ESPNmagazine final issue.
1.Most employees to be kept on ("integrated").
2. Not about diminished content creation; more about biz model.
3. Mag has not been profitable for some time; future has been in jeopardy for years.#ESPN #ESPNMagazine
— jamesmiller (@JimMiller) April 30, 2019
–lots of mag writers will keep doing their thing on dot com and in other parts of the empire
–there will likely still be "cover" stories, with photo shoots, though unclear if they'll have mag branding
–ESPN remains committed to "exceptional content," etc., etc.
— Bryan Curtis (@bryancurtis) April 30, 2019
Of course, it is always disappointing to see things like this happen, but such is life in the ever-changing world of sports journalism.
Hopefully, most of the people working on the magazine will continue to work at the company in the future.
In the meantime, hats off to ESPN The Magazine, which has produced some fantastic content over the last 21 years.