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NFL Magazine Sacked After Just Four Issues

The NFL has a stronghold over American sports, but magazines remain a market it cannot tackle. Ad Age reports that NFL Magazine, which launched amid high hopes in December (Tim Tebow on the cover!), has folded. The fourth and final issue is the April edition.

It’s not surprising that NFL Magazine failed. Sports Illustrated remains the magazine for sports and football fans are more likely than ever to go online to get their fix; especially to sites like Yahoo, which maintains superb NFL coverage. However, a Spokesperson for the NFL said that low subscription rates and poor ad sales weren’t the reason the title was shuttered. “The magazine was well received by fans,” the person told Ad Age. “It was clear to us that it was a viable product.”

If everything was so great, why would the NFL stop production? That’d be like Tom Coughlin benching Eli Manning in the middle of a well-orchestrated drive. Something isn’t right about the Spokesperson’s explanation, but we’re guessing no one will care that much anyway.

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. NFL Magazine‘s Inaugural Issue Catches Tebow Fever, December 5 
  2. Lady Gaga Graces the Latest Cover of Vanity Fair, December 2
  3. Buzzfeed Poaches Two from Gawker, December 7
  4. Details Names New Editorial Hires, December 5 
  5. CNN’s Anderson Cooper Reportedly Most Searched Media Personality, December 5
  6. You Choose—Pick Your Favorite Local News Anchor, December 7
  7. WCBS 880 Finally Makes the Move to Hudson Street, December 5
  8. Refinery29 Expands Editorial Team, December 5

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NFL Magazine’s Inaugural Issue Catches Tebow Fever

NFL Magazine, a new monthly publication from the NFL, launches next Tuesday, December 13. When the league first announced the magazine it said Cam Newton, the Carolina Panthers’ first year quarterback, was going to be on the cover.

Well, guess what? Newton just got Tebowed. NFL Magazine’s debut issue will now feature Tim Tebow — the Denver Broncos’ rookie second year quarterback/jesus christ our savior and lord — on the cover, instead of Newton.

“Initially we had talked about not being controversial and just trying to keep everybody happy, and we talked about who would be a good role model to be on the cover, and listen, Cam Newton definitely fits the bill,” the magazine’s Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Mike Dunphy, said. “We’re still going to feature Cam in the magazine, but we wanted to show the fans that we’re not going to shy away from the news.”

We don’t understand what’s controversial about putting Tebow on the cover, but hey, we also don’t quite grasp how the Broncos keep winning when Tebow throws a football like a drunk frat kid heaving a water balloon.

Of course none of that matters, what does is that this is a smart move by the magazine. Tebow is hot; he should be on the cover.

If you’re wrapped up in Tebow Mania too, NFL Magazine is offering yearly subscriptions for $19.90.