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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.