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mrhood75
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"R.I.P. Sports Illustrated? There were just massive lay-offs"


  

          

There's a lot of confusion as to whether everyone was laid off, or when the lay-offs go into effect, but it looks like an absolute bloodbath.

Which sucks. Whatever it is now, it used to be a venerable publication.

Fuck venture capitalists.

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Why Everything Sucks in '24.
Jan 19th 2024
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Maven (or whatever it is calling itself) bombed the foundation years ago
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Jessica Smetana, who is now on the LeBatard Show...
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Awful. This keeps fucking happening.
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      Pitchfork is gone? I know they had their flaws, but I kinda dug their
Jan 19th 2024
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           Basically. They’re getting folded into GQ.
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I religiously read SI as a kid and even had a script for SI Kids
Jan 19th 2024
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Yes indeed. I have boxes of 80’s mags, time to take a look at what’s...
Jan 19th 2024
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      same! somewhere in a Rubbermaid tub is a bunch of SI,
Jan 19th 2024
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Sad I literally grew up on SI
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Private equity firms love destroying all that is good.
Jan 19th 2024
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Do all their AI generated "writers" also have to look for work now?
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This is union busting
Jan 23rd 2024
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Similar thing just happened at the LA Times
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Ryan M
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1. "Why Everything Sucks in '24."
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"It's the money...."

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will_5198
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2. "Maven (or whatever it is calling itself) bombed the foundation years ago"
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when they bought it out and laid off most of the top staff, many of which went to The Athletic

as we all know, the goal for these VCs is buy the name and turn it into an operational sweatshop that only exists to fulfill future investing/divesting needs

I love The Athletic and continue to pay full price yearly, as it is just about the only congregated sports journalism site left -- although they had their own round of VC-related layoffs last year and to my knowledge have never been profitable

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3. "Jessica Smetana, who is now on the LeBatard Show..."
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came from SI. She's told several stories of exactly what you led with. Maven came in and just crushed the buildings.

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Fri Jan-19-24 03:58 PM

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5. "Awful. This keeps fucking happening."
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>as we all know, the goal for these VCs is buy the name and
>turn it into an operational sweatshop that only exists to
>fulfill future investing/divesting needs
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Pitchfork just got gutted too. I feel the same way I felt when they gutted/changed Deadspin: I’m not always a fan of their work, but I was always glad they existed/drove conversations and it sucks that they’re gone.

  

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Mignight Maruder
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Fri Jan-19-24 04:04 PM

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6. "Pitchfork is gone? I know they had their flaws, but I kinda dug their"
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Lists. They’d served as a great reference point and opportunity to discover great music I may have missed or overlooked.

  

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Fri Jan-19-24 04:27 PM

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7. "Basically. They’re getting folded into GQ."
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Not sure what shape that takes, but they just laid off a ton of people.

  

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Mignight Maruder
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Fri Jan-19-24 03:46 PM

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4. "I religiously read SI as a kid and even had a script for SI Kids"
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from like 3rd-6th grade.

Some of my favorite Xmas gifts were the SI sports almanacs. I used to look forward to the new mag every week. So many classic covers that are ingrained in my memory.

There’s an antique shop near me that has lots of old 80s and 90s magazines. I pick up old SIs now and then bc they’re nostalgic, but fun and enlightening to read.

I can’t say much bc I haven’t bought an SI in forever - though I do get my son the kids edition. But sucks to see a titan in the sports industry fade into Bolivia.

  

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8. "Yes indeed. I have boxes of 80’s mags, time to take a look at what’s..."
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9. "same! somewhere in a Rubbermaid tub is a bunch of SI,"
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and bodybuilding mags. I had a joint with Deion on it made into a poster and somebody stole it on some "where my killer tape?" He's in a Cowboys jersey and the caption says something like....Is this man worth $35 million? LOL!! First of all, 35 million is such a tiny number now. Secondly...he was. Every penny.

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10. "Sad I literally grew up on SI"
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11. "Private equity firms love destroying all that is good."
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They're the fucking scourge of the earth.

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JayEmm
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Sat Jan-20-24 01:40 PM

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12. "Do all their AI generated "writers" also have to look for work now?"
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13. "This is union busting"
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Besides the AI writers keeping their jobs, it appears the only staff that kept their jobs were non-union hires.

When SI was bought out the employees there formed a union shortly thereafter. Part of that union agreement was that if a union employee was let go, there was a 3 month grace period before that union position could be replaced with a non-union position.

So people think many of these positions will be replaced with non-union jobs in 4 months or so.

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mrhood75
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14. "Similar thing just happened at the LA Times"
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120+ let go, 94 of them were union.

Sister In Law works there and fortunately didn't get laid off. But it fucking sucks all around.

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