Perhaps time to boycott SI?

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  1. Fedexeon

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    Can anyone tell me why SI is so popular in US? It seems to me that its one of most stupid sports mag i ever seen. :)

    Luckily i'm not a subscriber or anything of SI, it makes me feel sick when they treat tennis like a piece of rubbish. :twisted:
     
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  2. Tennis-Chris

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    I don't read the magazine except when I am in America. The magazines I have seen were okay, especially the swimsuit issue. Did it report poorly on tennis recently?
     
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    I remember in the mid-90's SI called tennis 'dead'. I ended my subscription at that time.

    Cheers,

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  4. cknobman

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    Never given SI the time of day so I couldnt tell you how much it sucks.

    I can tell you that outside of Football(mainly), Baseball, and Basketball the general population of the US dosnt know or care about other sports.
     
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  5. Fedexeon

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    Not to forget the annual joke on "Sportsman of the Year"... =)
     
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  6. Sanyi

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    does not even deserve it's own thread:)
     
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  7. goober

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    Pretty much all general sports magazines in the US treat tennis as an afterthought. It is understandable, tennis is pretty far down the list as the most popular spectator sports in the US. Even among recreational players, I know a lot that barely follow pro tennis. It you want tennis related news and topics you need a tennis specific magazine. People who subscribe to SI are into the mainstream sports (Basketball, football and baseball) so SI gives them what they want. Golf and soccer are also covered better than tennis.
     
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    OP, If you want to read about tennis, then subscribe to Tennis Magazine. SI is a BUSINESS. Tennis is not nearly as popular as Basket, Base and football. It comes no where near Nascar (which I hate) and does not touch Hockey nor Golf. Why would SI have tennis in it? Its not like the sponsors and advertisers are from the tennis world. SI has been around for over 60 years, so the OP post is ridiculous. Its not a stupid sports magazine...you are one of those typical haters of American culture.

    Another MORONIC thread.:cry:
     
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  9. Fedexeon

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    No offense to "American culture" but some Americans tend to be a little to self centered. There is a big world outside of US. =)
     
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    "Anything but football, baseball, basketball, hockey is a pansy sport" - general american population

    Too bad I like soccer and tennis. :)
     
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    I don't get it. SI is an American magazine catering to regular American sportsfan. What's the problem? Should they include also cater to Greco-Roman Wrestling, Curling and Team handball fans too and watch their magazine subscriptions go down the drain?
     
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  12. JRstriker12

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    I think SI has passed its time of being relevant.

    There's a reason why they have to give away DVD's and sweatshirts to get subscribers.

    Really, a sports weekly mag is only going to tell you what you already knew because you got your info instantly on the internet.

    Here's a great Slate story about how horrible SI is now days: www.slate.com/id/2177143/
     
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  13. flyer

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    Its just a magazine get over it, it you don't like it read Tennis Mag
     
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  14. Moose Malloy

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    And I'm sure you know a lot about it, being just 17 & all.

    SI is not a particularly popular magazine in the US btw. In the age of the internet/cable all sales of magazines/newspapers have declined.

    In the 70s/80s there was no internet, there were no all sports tv channels, so SI served a valuable purpose(& actually provided great coverage of tennis)

    I know many huge NFL/NBA fans who don't read SI, nor are aware of anything they do(the whole Sportsman of the Year thing is not a big deal at all, its hysterical to see so many here get upset about Federer being snubbed, when some of the biggest Tom Brady/Tim Duncan fans I know had no clue when they won that award)

    Outside of airports, I wonder how many actually purchase SI at newstands. Probably much less than those that purchase Hustler.
     
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  15. tzinc

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    SI was good years ago when it didn't have competetion. Now with the net and forums like this and specialized magazines no one needs it anymore.
     
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    Probably the only thing keeping it afloat is the swimsuit issue! Kidding aside, SI will publish what it deems necessary to publish to keep their subscriber base and be able to compete with the Internet. If you don't like the way SI covers tennis, just read a different magazine.

    Did you subscribe to SI and found that it didn't meet your expectation? If so, no need to call for a boycott because they didn't cater to your wants. Try to get with their customer service department. They might refund your money. Come on, be honest. Did you subscribe?
     
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  17. Azzurri

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    And? I am NOT an American. I am a Canadian/Italian citizen. I live in the States, but my point is tennis is not important enough for SI. There are too many other popular sports. Has NOTHING to do with American's being self-centered. Oh, please ask the countless Africn countries that are assisted by the USA every day with food and medicine.
     
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  18. Morrissey

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    America Is Not The World
     
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  19. Moose Malloy

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    And SI does not represent America. Nor does Swank or any other magazine for that matter.
     
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    Most of it are Americans who never make the effort to travel and explore.
     
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    I know Italians that never travel...what is your point?
     
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  22. A.Davidson

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    Maybe SI doesn't treat tennis with a ton of respect, but look at the magazine:

    It's published in the US. Obviously, it talks the most about basketball, baseball, and American football.

    More 'international' sports (tennis, soccer, hockey) and more underground sports (lacrosse, etc.) don't get much, if any, coverage.

    If you're a tennis fan, I highly recommend Tennis magazine.

    I hear it talks about that crazy game with the fuzzy ball every once in a while. ;)
     
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  23. MEAC_ALLAMERICAN

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    Exactly, I don't see the big deal in SI not covering tennis, the Tennis magazine does a great job, and I have no complaints. Since, I never read SI, so a boycott wouldn't affect circulation. :cry:
     
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  24. iradical18

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    Who cares, if you like tennis, subscribe to Tennis magazine. Tennis doesn't get coverage in SI for the same reason that you rarely see Tennis highlights on ESPN, it's because it's simply not popular enough and the target audience doesn't care.
     
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  25. Sanyi

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    wow good article, and good site too, thank you
     
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  26. Phil

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    Gee, that explains why SI almost went bankrupt back in the 90's...'cause Tim cancelled his subscription! Not.
     
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  27. AM28143

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    On a related topic, when does SI announce their Sportsman of the Year Award? It better be Federer.
     
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    You say that we are self-centered, and you are the one lumping us together. The US is basically a giant island. We developed apart from the rest of the world, as did our sports. The economy here is large enough to support several major sports where the athletes are paid many times more than the athletes in "international" sports.

    We are self-centered because our major sports publications don't report the way you want them to?

    Where are you from, and why didn't you take advantage of the educational system in your country?
     
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  29. raiden031

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    Didn't they just announce it? Brett Favre is the winner. Typical.
     
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  30. Klatu Verata Necktie

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    Why don't you think Brett Favre is an appropriate choice? He's basically a mummy at 38 years old, and he continues to play football at the highest level.
     
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  31. MEAC_ALLAMERICAN

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    You answered your own question, just hope he retires after this season. :?
     
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  32. raiden031

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    Its a joke to me because Federer has never won it, yet he is one of the most dominant athletes in the history of sports.
     
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  33. Coaching

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    I love tennis magazine not exactly, have you notice that 90% of the magazine is
    ad after ad after ad. They have too few of articles and tennis news IMO.
     
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  34. Moose Malloy

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    Maybe SI should name the most dominant cricket player in the world Sportsman of the Year one year as well.

    Some of you really don't get it.

    Oh, and I just told a friend of mine that is a huge Favre fan(he has jerseys adorning his walls) about the whole Sportsman of the Year thing. His response, "what's Sportsman of the Year?"

    Guess tennis fans are more fanatical about their favorite athletes that they actually care about this stuff, as I mentioned before I don't know anyone who reads/cares about SI, yet I know so many that are huge sports fans. That could care less about 'awards.'

    I think my friend would take Favre making the Superbowl this year over that award. And he would take him making a Superbowl over winning another MVP award (see where I'm going with this?)

    Federer already has some far more important 'awards' They are called grand slam titles.

    For athletes, trophies are all that matters. The rest is just good PR.

    FYI, Arthur Ashe is the only male tennis player to win this award(& it wasn't exactly because of his tennis skills, but his humanitarian skills)

    I'm sure we can come up with a long list of great athletes that never won this award. And I doubt any of them care.

    Hypothetically, if SI named Fed Sportsman of the Year, would he be willing to fly to NY for a few days(is he chilling in Dubai right now?), take pictures, give interviews, etc, all that SI wants of him? Not saying that's a reason why he hasn't got it, but its probably in both their interests that he isn't getting it. Not sure if there's any $ in this for the winners.
     
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  35. AM28143

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    Brett Farve deserves the award more than Dwayne Wade did last year. But still, Federer deserved to win, as he does every year.
     
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  36. cantstopme

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    ESPN has a tv show called around the horn and one of the reporters brought up Feds name today as to why he never gets this SI sportsman of the year award. Another reporter Jay Mariotti said Federer doesn't have the charisma Favre does and Federer is not an American. Do what you will with that info. it can probably be found at ESPN.com on the around the horn link....
     
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  37. anchorsteamer

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    That might have been one of the smarter things the magazine said because in America tennis IS DEAD...unfortunate but true...
     
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  38. Fedexeon

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    Lets just say Federer is robbed his Sportsman of the Year title because he's not an American.
     
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  39. jmsx521

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    I bet there are editors at SI that don't even know who Federer is.... Just like if you ask NASCAR/Indy racing fans who Michael Schumacher is... and many wouldn't know.
     
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    Well, i don't know their new Sportsman of the Year Bretty Favre either. =)
     
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  41. Morrissey

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    Because Tony Dungy should've gotten it, you know being the first African-American Super Bowl Champion. Or even Peyton Manning, at least he won something in the last ten years unlike Brett Favre. If you're gonna give it to Brett for his regular season you might as well give it to ARod (not Roddick) for his season.
     
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    If Federer won, would he have attended the party/ceremony dedicated to him? It would entail a trip across the world interrupting his brief off-season vacation. If not, that might have played a role in the decision-making.
     
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    Maybe you and your Italian acquaintances pack up and explore the world.
     
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  44. MEAC_ALLAMERICAN

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    What tennis news is there to cover? Federer, Henin, and Nadal are winning everything in sight, so what else are they going to write about?

    Honestly, I can only stand a few interviews a year of the mentioned players, but the little that they do cover is enough for the time being.
     
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  45. slice bh compliment

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    ''Tha's cause they're already IN ITALY!''Sorry, I could not resist.
    Hey, Moose is right. SI is pretty inconsequential.ESPN is weak. The purists, in this internet age, read what they want to read.Re: the masses who read SI...well, the public gets what the public wants. Or at least: SI gives what SI thinks the focus groups want to see.I read the back page of SI whenever I'm in a waiting room or warming up on a machine at the gym. I do think Reilly has good perspective. I genuinely enjoy Jon Wertheim's column on their webpage. But that's about all the creedence I give SI.As for a boycott, they'd quickly call it a girlcott. Too easy.
     
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