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.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer have discussed a long-term contract extension. However, Hosmer also indicated that he will head into free agency if a deal is not consummated by Opening Day.
Hosmer, 27, avoided arbitration with the Royals last month, agreeing to a $12.25 million salary for the 2017 season. He is one of four key Royals players who can become a free agent after the season along with Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, and Lorenzo Cain. If Hosmer does reach free agency, he would arguably be the top free agent first baseman.
Hosmer finished the past season hitting .266/.328/.433 with 25 home runs and 104 RBI while making his first All-Star team.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, pending a physical. Assuming the deal is finalized, Sherman notes that the Yankees will have Niese work as both a starter and a reliever in big league camp this spring.
According to Sherman, the Yankees were interested in lefty relievers Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan, but didn’t want to commit at their asking prices. They are looking for a lefty set-up man along with Tommy Lane.
Niese, 30, pitched for the Pirates and Mets last season, finishing with a 5.50 ERA and an 88/47 K/BB ratio over 121 innings.