More is better.This is not a new idea but one that plays out as true every day on SI.com. Infact, the website has become a place for readers to get more of everything theylove in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, plus a little--make that a lot--more than that.
Picture this: a cutting room floor littered with spectacular sports images.That was essentially the scene each week at SI a couple of years ago, when onlya fraction of staff photographers' work made it into the magazine because ofpage limitations and many of the images not chosen were never seen anywhere.All this has changed now that SI.com has become an outlet for the best of theseexclusive photos. The site offers galleries from major games and events such asthe NBA Finals, the World Cup, Wimbledon and the All-Star Game. There are alsonew photo essays each week on themes such as the most memorable collapses insports or the most intimidating pitchers ever. Dozens of SI photographers'images are now on display every day at SI.com/photo.
Not long agoSI.com asked celebrated former staff photographer Neil Leifer to pick his mostmemorable pictures and explain why he chose them in an accompanying audio clip(sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/2005/11/21/gallery.leifer/content.1.html).The piece was so well-received that the website will soon be offeringselections from other SI photographers, including Heinz Kluetmeier and WalterIooss Jr. To see and hear about their favorite photos, check back at SI.comlater in July.
SI.com launched a high school page in April. With the help of School Sportsmagazine, the site offers 25 fresh pieces a week--profiles, power rankings andnews. Beginning in August with a football preview and continuing throughout the2006--07 school year, SI will also devote more pages in the magazine to highschool sports even as the website continues to expand its coverage.
Away from the bright lights of NBA arenas, some of the fiercest basketball isplayed in summer pickup games at gyms and parks across the nation, whereAll-Stars go head-to-head with All-Americas, up-and-coming high school playersand streetball hotshots. This month, SI.com will feature five courts, includingNew York City's Rucker Park, Houston's Fonde Rec Center and Chicago's West LoopAthletic Club (formerly Hoops the Gym), where Ron Artest famously broke acouple of Michael Jordan's ribs several years ago.
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What would you do if you were running a sport? To help you figure it out, wewent to some of our experts--Peter King (NFL), Tom Verducci (MLB), JackMcCallum (NBA), Michael Farber (NHL), Jon Wertheim (tennis), Gary Van Sickle(golf), Stewart Mandel (college football) and Seth Davis (collegebasketball)--and asked them to discuss the 10 things they would change in thesports they cover. Check SI.com starting next week.
•Ultimatebaseball road trips
SI.com has mapped out road trips in six regions of the country to help you getthe true flavor of America's pastime. Luke Winn's four-state Midwest odyssey,for instance, includes stops to see the Gary (Ind.) RailCats of the IndependentNorth League and the Madison (Wis.) Mallards of the Northwoods League, as wellas the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. In mid-July you can read about Winn'strip and five others worth taking.
Every February, SI publishes its Swimsuit issue, a collection of the hottestmodels in the latest swimwear. Now, SI.com will turn the tables and let theswimsuit models choose 50 hot athletes. The package of the picks, plus theathletes' pictures, will run in late July.
It's no secret that college teams come together over the summer. Coaches aren'tallowed on the field during that time, so players spend hours working out ontheir own. In early August, SI.com's Cory McCartney will begin reporting onthese off-season activities at top football schools and will offer the firstchance to see how various teams are shaping up.
Which Major League Baseball venues deliver the most bang for the fan's buck?Last year SI.com surveyed all 30 parks to determine the one with the best food,atmosphere and value; Milwaukee's Miller Park came out on top. Later thissummer the website will ask you to weigh in. Cast your ballot by Aug. 15 andcheck out the results in late August.
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