UPDATE: Rovell was wrong. It’s ten bucks on top of the print edition to get the digital edition too, not ten dollars more for the digital edition only. I don’t see an option for digital-only, however. Is that available? Anyone? Bueller?
Sports Illustrated is apparently coming out with a digital subscription for smart phones and tablet devices.
OK, that’s cool. If there’s anyone who can sell an online magazine package it’s gotta be SI. They’re a coherent set of goods for the most part. The “illustrated” part works for multimedia platforms. I can see it. But this news from CNBC’s Darren Rovell is weird:
Surprised that SI’s new yearly digital subscription is $10 MORE ($48) than what it costs to get the magazine in print.
I understand sports content more than I understand the business behind it, so if someone can explain that to me, I’d appreciate it.
In other news the iPhone and iPad apps for PFT, HBT and the rest of the NBC Sports blogs continue to be free. Android coming soon. Not as many swimsuit models, however, so do the math as you see fit.
The Nationals have activated Bryce Harper from the disabled list.
They were expected to activate Harper yesterday but they didn’t because Harper was suffering from an illness. He’s better today so he should be in the lineup against the Phillies.
Harper has been out since August when he slipped on a wet first base bag and was diagnosed with a bone bruise in his left knee. That interrupted an MVP-caliber season in which he was hitting .326/.419/.614 with 29 home runs, 87 RBI, and 92 runs scored in 472 plate appearances. While the postseason awards are out of his reach, the Nats will be content to get him back up to speed in time for what looks to be a first round playoff matchup against the Chicago Cubs.
Last year Trevor Bauer‘s playoff availability — and performance — was impacted in a major way by a drone injury. Specifically, Bauer lacerated his pinky on the outside of his right hand while repairing one of the drones he designs, builds and flies.
Now, a little over a week before the Indians begin the defense of their American League pennant, Bauer is embroiled in further drone drama. He tweeted this afternoon that his drone “IronMan” has been stolen. He has implored the public for Iron Man’s safe return so that he need not risk his pinky finger with yet another October drone injury:
I am going to go out on a limb here and suggest that the Indians themselves stole the drone so that Bauer does not mess with it anymore until the season is over. They need him too badly.