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.
OXON HILL, MD — Bill King has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
King, one of the iconic voices of Bay Area sports, was known for his handlebar mustache and his signature “Holy Toledo!” exclamation. King broadcast A’s games for 25 seasons, from 1981 through 2005. He likewise broadcast Oakland Raiders and Golden State Warriors games and got his start as an announcer for the Giants in the late 1950s after they moved to San Francisco.
King passed away in October 2005. With the Frick Award, however, he has now been immortalized among baseball broadcasters.
The Rockies have signed free agent outfielder/infielder Ian Desmond for five years and $70 million.
Desmond, 31, played his first season as a full-time outfielder with the Rangers in 2016. Before that he was the Nationals shortstop. He’ll almost certainly be an outfielder in Colorado, or else will play first base, as the Rockies have Trevor Story at short. Desmond hit .285/.335/.446 with 22 home runs, 86 RBI, 107 runs scored, and 21 stolen bases in 677 plate appearances, though he was much, much better in the first half than the second half.
The Rangers had placed a qualifying offer on him which he rejected, so the Rockies will have to give up their first round pick in the 2017 draft, which is 11th overall. That’s the highest pick a team can surrender under the qualifying offer system, as the first ten picks in the draft are protected.