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Come and Get It
Terry McDonell
July 03, 2006
New and surprising content is landing on SI.com this summer
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July 03, 2006

Come And Get It

New and surprising content is landing on SI.com this summer

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More is better. This is not a new idea but one that plays out as true every day on SI.com. In fact, the website has become a place for readers to get more of everything they love in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, plus a little--make that a lot--more than that.

?Photo galleries
Picture this: a cutting room floor littered with spectacular sports images. That was essentially the scene each week at SI a couple of years ago, when only a fraction of staff photographers' work made it into the magazine because of page limitations and many of the images not chosen were never seen anywhere. All this has changed now that SI.com has become an outlet for the best of these exclusive photos. The site offers galleries from major games and events such as the NBA Finals, the World Cup, Wimbledon and the All-Star Game. There are also new photo essays each week on themes such as the most memorable collapses in sports or the most intimidating pitchers ever. Dozens of SI photographers' images are now on display every day at SI.com/photo.

Not long ago SI.com asked celebrated former staff photographer Neil Leifer to pick his most memorable pictures and explain why he chose them in an accompanying audio clip (sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/2005/11/21/gallery.leifer/content.1.html). The piece was so well-received that the website will soon be offering selections from other SI photographers, including Heinz Kluetmeier and Walter Iooss Jr. To see and hear about their favorite photos, check back at SI.com later in July.

?High school sports
SI.com launched a high school page in April. With the help of School Sports magazine, the site offers 25 fresh pieces a week--profiles, power rankings and news. Beginning in August with a football preview and continuing throughout the 2006--07 school year, SI will also devote more pages in the magazine to high school sports even as the website continues to expand its coverage.

?Pickup hoops
Away from the bright lights of NBA arenas, some of the fiercest basketball is played in summer pickup games at gyms and parks across the nation, where All-Stars go head-to-head with All-Americas, up-and-coming high school players and streetball hotshots. This month, SI.com will feature five courts, including New York City's Rucker Park, Houston's Fonde Rec Center and Chicago's West Loop Athletic Club (formerly Hoops the Gym), where Ron Artest famously broke a couple of Michael Jordan's ribs several years ago.

vCommissioner for a day
What would you do if you were running a sport? To help you figure it out, we went to some of our experts-- Peter King ( NFL), Tom Verducci ( MLB), Jack McCallum ( NBA), Michael Farber (NHL), Jon Wertheim (tennis), Gary Van Sickle (golf), Stewart Mandel (college football) and Seth Davis (college basketball)--and asked them to discuss the 10 things they would change in the sports they cover. Check SI.com starting next week.

?Ultimate baseball road trips
SI.com has mapped out road trips in six regions of the country to help you get the true flavor of America's pastime. Luke Winn's four-state Midwest odyssey, for instance, includes stops to see the Gary (Ind.) RailCats of the Independent North League and the Madison ( Wis.) Mallards of the Northwoods League, as well as the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. In mid-July you can read about Winn's trip and five others worth taking.

?Best-looking athletes
Every February, SI publishes its Swimsuit issue, a collection of the hottest models in the latest swimwear. Now, SI.com will turn the tables and let the swimsuit models choose 50 hot athletes. The package of the picks, plus the athletes' pictures, will run in late July.

?Summer football
It's no secret that college teams come together over the summer. Coaches aren't allowed on the field during that time, so players spend hours working out on their own. In early August, SI.com's Cory McCartney will begin reporting on these off-season activities at top football schools and will offer the first chance to see how various teams are shaping up.

?Fan Value Index
Which Major League Baseball venues deliver the most bang for the fan's buck? Last year SI.com surveyed all 30 parks to determine the one with the best food, atmosphere and value; Milwaukee's Miller Park came out on top. Later this summer the website will ask you to weigh in. Cast your ballot by Aug. 15 and check out the results in late August.

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