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Sports Illustrated February 2020

Through emotional storytelling and award-winning photography, Sports Illustrated provides you with complete coverage of all your favorite sports, including the NFL, College Football, Baseball, College Basketball, the NBA and more.

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3 min
past and present

THE WORLD has changed over the last half century—how’s that for a stunning historical and cultural insight? As obvious as that is, it’s still fun to take stock of the evolution. Especially since we’ve been thinking a lot here lately about what this magazine has been and where it’s going. Take the Jan. 20, 1969 issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. Joe Namath on the cover, following the Jets’ epic upset of the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. Tex Maule’s game story, with then hipster references to the Jet Age and “swinging” nights on the town. The word housewife in the headline of a different story. A car ad touting power windows as a technological leap that will ease the physical burden of rolling up to a mailbox and mailing a letter. That…

1 min
strike up the bands


8 min
manfred’s middle innings

THROUGH THE mammoth windows of his new seventh-floor corner office in midtown Manhattan, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has a box seat to the world. The Radio City Music Hall marquee glows across the street, headlines crawl in formation on the electronic ticker at Fox News headquarters two blocks away and the Freedom Tower stands sentry over the world’s commercial center a few miles south. Yet Manfred can be forgiven for not looking up from the issues upon his desk, such are their weight and number. He succeeded Bud Selig in January 2015. On the fifth anniversary of his tenure—the beginning of a second five-year term owners gave him in 2018—the Harvard-trained lawyer, 61, was dealing with two sign-stealing scandals, public skepticism about a juiced baseball, declining attendance, a slowing pace of…

2 min
spring fever

FOR THE first time in 95 years, a season opens with Washington as the defending champion. If that alone doesn’t suggest a world of possibilities for 2020, consider the following: RIGHTHANDER GERRIT COLE, 29, will debut as a Yankee after signing the richest contract for a pitcher: $324 million over nine years. With those megabucks come expectations: to become the first Yankee in seven years to log 200 innings; to break Ron Guidry’s 42-year-old team strikeout record (248); and to deliver New York’s first title in 11 seasons. ANGELS centerfielder Mike Trout has a new wingman: third baseman Anthony Rendon, who left D.C. to take a seven-year, $245 million deal. Trout has never played with anyone who posted a qualified OPS better than .859. Rendon’s OPS the past three years: .937, .909…

4 min
unwelcome revisit

IN WEEK 17 of the NFL season, the 5–10 Jaguars and the 7–8 Colts met for a meaningless contest. Neither team was in playoff contention; both were ailing. What could such a game, even under the best possible circumstances, have to offer fans? Still, there was a broadcast window to fill and tickets to sell, so the game went on. A few weeks later, I was put in mind of that matchup while watching the new three-part Netflix docuseries, Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez, which was about as enervating, though at three hours and 20 minutes, also 14 minutes longer than Colts-Jags. Why is this story being told again? The series (which is directed by Geno McDermott and lists SI writer L. Jon Wertheim as an executive producer) covers…

2 min
ad nauseam

TO THE fans who want to keep politics out of sports: You might want to avoid Super Bowl LIV—or at least the parts in between the football. The campaigns of President Donald Trump and Democratic hopeful Michael Bloomberg have bought ad time in this year’s big game, to the tune of $10 million apiece. It is believed to be the first time that presidential campaign commercials will run nationwide in what is routinely the most watched broadcast of the year. In part a sign of the deep pockets that Trump and Bloomberg (both billionaire New Yorkers with a degree of media expertise) possess, the ad buys also demonstrate a drastic shift in American media consumption. “Over the last 10 years or so, we’ve seen big changes in TV ratings with streaming…