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Sponsors Have Begun to Abandon the Clippers (PRNewser)
The controversy behind the allegedly racist remarks made by L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling has the biggest names behind the Clippers making their way toward the exits. Mediaite State Farm Insurance became the first sponsor to pull its support from the Clippers Monday morning, following audiotape released by TMZ Saturday that allegedly revealed Sterling going on a racist tirade. WSJ More than a half dozen other sponsors of the Clippers, including Kia Motors, Virgin America, Red Bull, Aquahydrate, Mercedez-Benz, Corona and CarMax, also distanced themselves from the team Monday. While some advertisers sponsor the NBA, other brands sponsor individual teams — some advertisers do both. Sports marketing experts suggest that team sponsorship agreements with a big-market team like the Clippers could range anywhere from $100,000 to over $2 million a year, depending on what is included in the marketing package as well as if the advertiser is given category exclusivity. Variety According to new statements, the advertisers felt maintaining ad ties to the team after reports surfaced about Sterling’s remarks would not be in their best interest. “The comments allegedly made by Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, are offensive and reprehensible, and they are inconsistent with our views and values,” Kia said in a statement Monday. The NBA is expected to make an announcement regarding Sterling’s alleged comments today. THR Sterling’s tirade was prompted when his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, posted a photo of herself with Magic Johnson on Instagram. In the audio remarks obtained by TMZ and Deadspin, Sterling expresses displeasure about having black people attend Clipper games. Read more

Gary Smith to Retire from Sports Illustrated

Gary Smith is retiring from Sports Illustrated after 31 years. Grant Wahl, a senior writer for the magazine, tweeted the news.

Smith has been with SI since 1983, and during his time there, won four National Magazine Awards. He’s widely regarded as one of the best magazine writers in the nation. Smith would pen four longform articles a year for SI, and they were all must reads.

Before joining SI, Smith worked for the Wilmington News-Journal, the Philadelphia Daily News, and the New York Daily News. 

Cover Battle: Sports Illustrated Wins

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. Typically, we ask you to choose which magazine covers you like best, but this week we’re doing this differently.

The above is Sports Illustrated’s Boston Strong cover, which included about  3,000 Boston residents. When we learned that SI was asking the city’s residents to show up at the Boston Marathon finish line for a cover shoot, we figured it’d be a good one. It is, and that’s why we’re crowning SI this week’s champ.

Sports Illustrated to Shoot Next Cover at Boston Marathon Finish Line

This is pretty cool: Sports Illustrated is inviting Boston residents to be part of its next cover shoot. The magazine will be conducting the shoot this Saturday at 7:00 am, on the corner of Boylston and Dartmouth, the finish line of the 2014 Boston Marathon.

The SI cover will hit newsstands April 16, one day after the year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. The 2014 Boston Marathon will take place on April 21.

The magazine is encouraging people who come to the shoot to wear Boston-centric clothing. Boston first responders and Mayor Marty Walsh will also be part of the event.

“Boston Strong is a story about people, ordinary people doing extraordinary things, ordinary people doing ordinary things,” said the magazine’s managing editor, Chris Stone. “SI’s creative director, Chris Hercik, believed the best way to tell this story a year later was to bring all those people, or as many as possible, into a single photo at the finish line. If you look at last year’s cover photo, you see all that empty space all the way down Boylston Street filled by smoke and that backdrop of chaos and destruction. This year’s photo fills those spaces with the Bostonians who wrote the Boston Strong story.”

Reporter Revisits Sports Illustrated John Rocker Profile

Great long read on Bleacher Report from Jeff Pearlman, author of an infamous December 1999 Sports Illustrated feature on then-Atlanta Braves reliever John Rocker. Pearlman’s original SI piece was spiked, but when his editor assigned him to revisit Rocker after the end of that year’s MLB season, the floodgates opened in the form of a mountain of controversial quotes.

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Despite subsequent accusations and denials by Rocker, Pearlman restates for the record that nothing was taken out of context or “pieced together.” He also runs down three “funny” things about article, starting with this fascinating bit of issue obfuscation:

The piece ran in the final Sports Illustrated issue of the 20th century — which included, arguably, the biggest undertaking in the magazine’s history. Bill Colson, the managing editor, wanted to compile a list of the top 50 athletes of the century for every state, coupled with 50 different covers. The daunting (and truly awful) task of finding and ranking the athletes fell upon three of us—myself, Steve Cannella and Mark Bechtel.

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Bob Der, Veteran SI for Kids Editor, Departs

Bob Der, a veteran of Sports Illustrated for Kids, is leaving the magazine. The New York Post reports that Der will be replaced by Mark Bechtel, a senior editor at Sports Illustrated.

Der had been managing editor of SI for Kids for the past eight years. He was only the fourth managing editor in the magazine’s 25 year history.

Bechtel has been with Sports Illustrated for almost 20 years.

Cover Battle: Sports Illustrated or Variety

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round features Sports Illustrated versus Variety. For its latest cover, SI went retro. As we noted yesterday, the image was inspired by a 1977 SI cover featuring Larry Bird. Other 1977 things we’d like to see resurrected? Gold lamé jackets.

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Sports Illustrated Goes Retro with Latest Cover

Sports Illustrated’s latest cover is delightfully retro. The image was inspired by a 1977 SI cover that featured Larry Bird.

That right, SI is comparing Doug McDermott to the legendary Larry Bird. No pressure, kid.

You can see the original Bird cover below.

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Sports Illustrated Launches Video Network

Sports Illustrated is dipping its feet into the video pool with the launch of 120 Sports, a streaming sports network. The site and app will offer around-the-clock original programming and game highlights from NASCAR, MLB, NHL, NBA and more.

“120 Sports is an innovative, addictive product that will give sports fans an amazing amount of always-on sports content and great technology so they can engage with news and highlights wherever they are,” said Time Inc.’s executive VP, Todd Larsen, in a statement. “The product will offer Sports Illustrated fans a terrific complement to our editorial coverage, and as a business partner Time Inc. will have a stake in an enterprise with tremendous promise.”

Two items to note about 120 Sports: 1) There will be no videos from the NFL, which is sort of a popular sport these days, and 2) 120 Sports is free at first, but a premium subscription offering is coming next year.

With that in mind, 120 Sports seems like a bit of a gamble. It’ll be interesting to see how the site is received.

Please Don’t Ask Why Sports Illustrated Photographed Kate Upton in Zero Gravity

As part of Sports Illustrated’s 50th anniversary Swimsuit Issue, the magazine sent Kate Upton 34,000 feet into the sky in a specially modified airplane that created a zero gravity environment for about 30 seconds at a time. SI then photographed Upton floating around.

Please note that any discussion about why, exactly, SI did this is strongly discouraged.

The only reason for photographing a bikini-clad Upton floating in an airplane is that it can happen. There is no further explanation necessary. We look forward to next year’s issue, which we hear will feature Upton donning a brightly colored bikini while running from an active volcano.

Until then, see below for more pictures of zero g Upton.

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