ESPN will no longer regularly print its magazine after September
Citing rapid evolution in consumer habits, ESPN said Tuesday it will cease publishing its magazine — for the most part — in September and instead publish the content online only.
The last regular printing will be the ” Body ” issue, ESPN said in a statement.
” Our journalists will continue to create the same exceptional content, ” the statement said. ” The only change here is that we are moving away from printing it on paper and sending it in the mail. ”
The sports media giant said many of its users already consume its print journalism online. The ” Body ” issue and others might be released ” in special, differentiated print formats ” in the future, ESPN said.
” Consumer habits are evolving rapidly, and this requires ESPN to evolve as well, ” it said.
According to a December report from The Association of Magazine Media, ESPN The Magazine ranked No. 1 in total audience (print and online), though it was 7.4% lower than the previous December.
It ranked No. 1 among magazines in web and mobile web audiences and was top-ranked in video.
ESPN The Magazine was launched in 1998.