Sporting News to Cease Print Publication on January 1st

The Sporting News has announced that the last print edition of the magazine will hit stands soon.

Here is the announcement made by the magazine today:

After 126 years of printing ink on paper with weekly, biweekly or monthly frequency, Sporting News will officially become a digital brand as of January 1, 2013. Based on interest expressed by a number of longtime readers, Sporting News will continue to print six highly popular, sport-specific yearbook previews in 2013—Baseball, NFL, College Football and College Basketball plus Fantasy Football and Fantasy Baseball—that will be available at newsstands across the country.

Having spoken with many of our longtime subscribers, we recognize this is not a popular decision among our most loyal fans. Unfortunately, neither our subscriber base nor the current advertising market for print would allow us to operate a profitable print business going forward.

You can see the proposed final print cover above.

I was one of those young sports fans who, growing up in the ’70’s and ’80’s, lived through the pages of the Sporting News and Sports Illustrated.  Even though the work of the reporters will remain in digital form, many people, including myself, will miss holding the print version in their hands.