The Pete Problem

10COVv17_PromoTwenty five years after this banishment from baseball, Pete Rose former Major League Baseball player and manager, appears on this week’s national cover of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (3/10/14)—on newsstands NOW. Rose has been on the cover of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED 15 times since ’68; the last time he appeared on the cover was in ’04. The current issue features an exclusive excerpt from the new book, PETE ROSE: AN AMERICAN DILEMMA by Assistant Managing Editor Kostya Kennedy. The book, published by SI Books comes out Tuesday, March 11.  

The all-time Major League leader in hits (2,456), games played, at-bats, and outs is no stranger to the spotlight of fans and critics. Rose has more base hits than anyone in history, yet he is not in the Hall of Fame. At a time when steroid users appear on the Hall of Fame ballot, now more than ever, the question “Does Pete Rose belong in the Hall of the Fame?” has developed into one of the most provoking in sports. “Of all the ways one might characterize the differences and similarities between Rose and those players known to have used performance enhancing drugs—the Hall of Shamers, as it were—it comes to this: Rose has been banished for the incalculable damage he might have done to the foundation of the game. Steroid users are reviled for the damage they actually did.” (Page 50)

The excerpt in this week’s issue looks at Rose today, three decades after he became the alltime hit king. Rose is still beloved by baseball fans and has no problem drawing crowds for his strict schedule of appearances and autograph sessions. Sparky Anderson, the Cincinnati manager through most of the 70’s who had issues with Roses’ lying about gambling said, “He played his heart out for me.” Years later, Anderson and Rose managed to mend the tear in their relationship before Anderson passed away in 2010. Rose still has plenty of detractors who will never be able to forgive him, but he has his supporters too. Barry Larkin, who went into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in July 2012 said in his induction speech, “I just want to thank Pete for the opportunity…His words of wisdom and his support and him talking to me all the time. Thank you, Pete Rose. I love you, man.” (Page 53)|SI Assistant Managing Editor, Kostya Kennedy 

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The Best for Last?

09COVv13CAN_PromoJohnathan Toews of the Canadian Olympic hockey team appears on the Canadian cover of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (3/3/14)—on newsstands NOW. This is Toews’ second SI cover, as he was featured last on the June 2, 2010 issue after winning the Stanley Cup with his NHL team, the Chicago Blackhawks.  Now, the Canadian Olympic gold medal team that defeated team USA 1-0 in the semi finals and Sweden 3-0 in the Olympic final on Sunday is the new world powerhouse for men’s hockey.  

As Canada’s prowess on the ice owned the tournament (the team never trailed in any of its six games and outscored opponents 17-3), there were other teams who were not performing at the level initially predicted. Russia epically failed while the U.S. was derailed by the Finns who went on to win the bronze medal. SI’s Michael Farber writes, “There was an extraordinary sight last Wednesday. Even though the Olympic cauldron was still roaring, the de facto closing ceremony had occurred hours earlier with Russia’s 3-1 quarterfinal loss to Finland. But it would have been rude for the hosts to start emptying ashtrays and doing the dishes in hopes that the guest would take the hint and leave. Russia tried. Television monitors in the media lounge at the figure skating arena had been wall- to- wall hockey, but with Russia out, journalists were treated to a replay of that morning’s biathlon.” (Page 36)

 The defeated Russian men’s hockey team watched as the clock ticked down, some of them wildly trying to skate up and down the ice, others watching from the bench. In the postgame interviews captain Pavel Datsyuk said, “We have tried to be a team. We discussed this in training, in the rocker room….But when out on the ice, emotions gush, every player is trying to take over the game, holding on to the puck. We all tried, but…” (Page 36)|SI Senior Writer, Michael Farber

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The Race of His Life

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American Nascar driver and winner of the 2014 Daytona 500 Dale Earnhardt Jr. appears on this week’s regional cover of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (3/3/14)—on newsstands NOW. Earnhardt has appeared on 9 covers; his last appearance was February 18th, 2008 in a NASCAR Preview Issue of the Daytona 500. Now, at 39 years-old, NASCAR’s most popular driver is gunning for a career-defining title with his newfound confidence on the track. The most recent win at Daytona marks an incredible accomplishment for Earnhardt, and serves as a warning sign for all future competitors. This is only the start of something big.

As all drivers were summoned back to their cars after a rain delay, Earnhardt returned to his number 88 Chevy with clear eyes and focus. The race restarted at Lap 39 where he quickly took the lead around the 2.5-mile tri-oval. Of Earnhardt’s storied performance SI’s Senior Writer Lars Anderson writes, “While four multicar wrecks left two dozen cars damaged, most of the sport’s big names ran up front throughout. Earnhardt teammates Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon challenged late, as did Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski. Earnhardt covered every move, nailing his restarts to lead 54 of the last 70 laps, holding off Hamlin over the final two turns. It was by far the most spectacular single-race performance of Junior’s 15-year Cup career. On this long, wet night, he indeed drove like the Intimidator, and drew a roar like thunder from the grandstands as he reached out to snatch the checkered flag from the flagman.” (Page 42)

 With memories of watching his father, the late Dale Earnhardt the seven-time NASCAR champion, Earnhardt win brings an extra sense of triumph. “I think of my dad when I’m here, but not the way people might imagine,” Dale Jr. said. “I feel good here now. I have good feelings about him. I think he’d be proud now.” Now after winning the Daytona 500 for a second time, he is ready to keep the momentum going in his upcoming races this season saying, “My confidence level has never been higher, and that’s critical for me,” he says. “We’re going to run our guts out every week.” (Page 44)|SI Senior Writer, Lars Anderson

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Queen of the Mountain

09COVv23OLY_PromoU.S. gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin appears on this week’s national cover of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (3/3/14)—on newsstands NOW. A prodigy who earned the U.S’s first gold medal in the women’s slalom since 1972, Shiffrin offered a glimpse of the golden days to come. As the youngest-ever winner— male or female—of any Olympic slalom Shiffrin’s victory completed a strong second half of the Games for the U.S. Alpine racers.

 Competing in her first World Championship last February, Shiffrin became the youngest woman in 39 years to win an Alpine gold. A month later she won the slalom at the World Cup finals, before going on to secure the 2013 slalom season title. In five World Cup slalom races this season Shiffrin has won three times and finished second once. She traveled to Sochi as one of the favorites to win the gold in slalom and did just that. Of Shiffrin’s performance, SI’s Tim Layden writes, “When she pushed out as the last contending racer on the second run, she led Schild, whose videos she had studied while a high school student at Burke Mountain Academy in Vermont, by 1.34 seconds. Less than half a minute into the run she nearly went off course; her left ski lost its edge and flew into the air, forcing her to turn on her inside ski, a daunting move. But also one that she learned while doing the so-called Norwegian Drill at Burke. ‘She did that drill innumerable times,’ said Kirk Dwyer, her coach and headmaster at Burke, in a text message. ‘She also trained to see mistakes as opportunities.’” (Page 33)

 After winning a gold medal at age 18, Shiffrin has set her heights bigger and better for her future. In fact, just a day after competing Shiffrin laid down a hefty goal for the next Olympics and the way women’s ski racing is viewed saying, “Right now I’m dreaming of the next Olympics and winning five gold medals, she said. When I’m done, I hope that I can look back and say that I changed the sport, that I pushed women’s ski racing to be faster and more athletic.” (Page 34) |SI Senior Writer, Tim Layden

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Introducing 120 Sports

THE FIRST MULTISPORT, LEAGUE-BUILT LIVE STREAMING VIDEO NETWORK 

Screen Shot 2014-02-20 at 7.33.40 PMNEW YORK, NY (Feb. 20, 2014) – Today a first-of-its-kind network partnership involving multiple leagues and media properties was announced as 120 Sports, a live-streaming network created for the digital generation and the devices it uses most. In 120 Sports, today’s fans will have access to unauthenticated video programming through a new technology platform built to intuitively integrate video and data in ways fans haven’t experienced before. At launch, content partners will include 120 Sports equity investor Time Inc. (owner of Sports Illustrated), as well as the NHL, NBA, MLB.com, NASCAR and leading collegiate conferences via Campus Insiders (a joint venture between IMG College

and Chicago-based digital sports-media company Silver Chalice).

The groundbreaking enterprise, named 120 Sports for its concept of offering original sports programming in two-minute segments, will produce and distribute a 24-hour live linear network driven by a videocentric, 360-degree look across all sports. Set to debut later this spring, 120 Sports will feature original and hosted programming that will deliver timely, interactive narratives of the stories around sports, including game footage, analysis, conversation and social commentary from the players, newsmakers as well as voices of the fans.

“120 Sports is an innovative, addictive product that will give sports fans an amazing amount of always-on sports content and great technology so they can engage with news and highlights wherever they are,” said Todd Larsen, Time Inc. Executive Vice President. “The product will offer Sports Illustrated fans a terrific complement to our editorial coverage, and as a business partner Time Inc. will have a stake in an enterprise with tremendous promise.”

“We are always looking for new ways to serve our fans and provide them with the compelling digital content they crave,” said John Collins, Chief Operating Officer of the NHL, also an equity partner. “This partnership with 120 Sports will be a nice addition to our current programming lineup and a win for all sports fans.”

“This is the right time to collaborate across the infrastructure of sports properties as we take the collective assets of each partner directly to fans on their favorite devices,” said Bob Bowman, President & CEO, MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM). “Building a venture of this magnitude could only succeed with the right group of sports and news organizations and in the 120 Sports launch partners we have a product that will deliver on its promise to fans.”

The 120 Sports offering will originate through a state-of-the-art video and data product designed and optimized across all interactive media platforms, including: mobile, tablet, web, and connected devices. Created and powered by equity investor MLBAM’s technology infrastructure and mobile app development, the product will debut as free native applications for mobile and tablet devices as well as a web experience at 120Sports.com and other distribution outlets. A premium content offering will be introduced next year.

Silver Chalice, also an equity investor in 120 Sports, will oversee production and business operations. Production headquarters for 120 Sports and its talent will be based in Chicago at a custom-designed and built digital production facility on the campus of Harpo Studios. Silver Chalice and Sports Illustrated’s national sales organizations will lead all sales and marketing, while Sports Illustrated and Time Inc. will also provide operational and business development support.

To learn more about 120 Sports, visit http://www.120sports.com or follow us on Facebook

Additional partners, programming and talent for 120 Sports will be announced at a later date.

For more information please contact:
Scott Novak at scott_novak@timeinc.com, 212-522-2687 Matthew Gould at Matthew.Gould@mlb.com, 212-485-8959 Nirva Milord at nmilord@nhl.com, 212-789-2123
Emigdio Gamboa at egamboa@120sports.com, 312-999-6789

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From Time Inc. Executive VP Todd Larsen

I am pleased to share the news that Time Inc. has entered into a partnership to create 120 Sports, a groundbreaking digital-only sports-video programming network. Time Inc. will own a significant equity stake in the company, along with our partners at MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM), the National Hockey League (NHL) and Silver Chalice (SC), a Chicago-based digital-video production company.

This is an exciting opportunity for us. Not only are we building a new stand-alone business that complements one of our brands, we are also expanding our video and mobile offerings across Time Inc. Further, we will be able to offer our clients significantly more video programming inventory, as SI will drive ad-sales for the entire 120 Sports network as co-exclusive ad-sales agents with SC. The deal will also give SI editors access to the 120 Sports player and content—including game highlights of professional and collegiate sports—to enhance our coverage across all platforms 24/7.
120 Sports is named for its concept of offering original sports programming in two-minute segments, a pace the digital audience wants, and is set to premiere this spring with many hours of daily live and on-demand sports news reports and features. SI will contribute original programming to the network, along with content partners, which include MLB.com, the NBA, the NHL, NASCAR and several collegiate conferences.
This programming will be housed and distributed through a new state-of-the-art video and data player created by MLBAM specifically for 120 Sports and designed for all interactive media platforms, including mobile, tablet, Web, OTT and connected televisions. At launch, the 120 Sports product will debut as free native applications for mobile and tablet devices, a Web experience for SI.com, MLB.com, NHL.com and 120Sports.com.
This is a very ambitious enterprise for Time Inc. and one of many we hope to invest in as part of our plan to turn our brands into cross-platform powerhouses. I’d like to thank the entireSports Illustrated team for its hard work bringing this deal to fruition, especially Jim DeLorenzo, who quarterbacked the project from beginning to end.

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT 2014: THE BIGGEST PRODUCTION IN FRANCHISE HISTORY IN HONOR OF ITS GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY

SI SWIM 2014 COVER w. restrictions and captionTo celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit @SI_Swimsuit has created its boldest production ever. With a cover featuring Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge and Chrissy Teigen, this year’s Swimsuit honors the Legends, delivers the most models ever including a record number of rookies, takes Kate Upton to space (wink wink), heads to the Jersey Shore and much, much more. The Golden Anniversary #SISwim50 production is now live across the Web, mobile, tablet and newsstands, featuring the largest Swimsuit Issue since 1989, more than four hours of video and thousands of photos. You can also follow Swimsuit during launch week on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google Plus.

Said Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Editor MJ Day: “This is by far the most exciting production we have created. For our fans that have followed Swimsuit’s evolution, I know they will love this as much as I do. We had the incredible opportunity to feature models that have created the legacy of this franchise and models that will continue to enhance it. The 50th Anniversary production had to be special; it had to transcend anything we’ve done before and everyone’s imagination, and I think we did just that.”

The Legends: Twenty two of the most renowned cover model Legends came together for an extraordinary gathering of beauty and glamour, shot by Walter Iooss Jr. and captured by SI Productions. Carol Alt, Tyra Banks, Elsa Benitez, Christie Brinkley, Brooklyn Decker, Yamila Diaz-Rahi, Rachel Hunter, Kathy Ireland, Heidi Klum, Babette March, Marisa Miller, Carolyn Murphy, Petra Nemcova, Daniela Pestova, Paulina Porizkova, Bar Refaeli, Rebecca Romijn, Irina Shayk, Cheryl Tiegs, Kate Upton, Vendela and Veronica Varekova are all featured in a once-in-a-lifetime editorial package. Swimsuit is also pleased to announce a partnership with Legend, Petra Nemcova, to support Happy Hearts Fund. SI will be announcing several events and opportunities to support the Fund, the first of which includes the opportunity to win an exclusive trip to a 2015 Photo Shoot; see link here.

How do you top Antarctica? Defy gravity. Last year, SI and Upton made history with a photo shoot in Antarctica. This year’s adventure tops that as Swimsuit presents Upton floating in a weightless environment. The journey saw she and a group of SI Swimsuit editors, photographers and videographers take off in a specially modified Boeing-727, known as G-FORCE ONE®. The plane performed a series of 17 parabolas – 13 zero gravity and four replicating lunar gravity – creating a weightless atmosphere in which photographer James Macari and SI productions captured unprecedented images and video.

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New Jersey and You, Perfect Together: Sports Illustrated Swimsuit took a drive to the New Jersey Shore for a special production that shines a light on the beauty of the area previously devastated by Hurricane
Sandy. Shoot locations included the beaches, boardwalks and attractions of Cape May, Seaside Heights, and Point Pleasant.

The big names are back. Fan favorites, Natasha Barnard, Kate Bock (Rookie of the Year 2013), Hannah Davis, Emily Didonato, Jessica Gomes, Ariel Meredith, Genevieve Morton, and Anne V all play starring roles this year.

The Rookies: Swimsuit welcomes its largest rookie class ever, including cover model, Lily Aldridge. The twelve new models posed in locations from the scintillating beaches of St. Lucia (bodypainting) and Brazil, to the Jersey Shore. Hannah Ferguson, Samantha Hoopes, Lauren Mellor, Emily Ratajkowski, and Cris Urena are also featured in recreations of classic Swimsuit covers in the famous body paint section.

Athletes and more. Swimsuit continues the tradition of featuring world class athletes, as pro surfer Anastasia Ashley, WNBA player Skylar Diggins and returning for her second appearance American soccer player and Olympic gold medalist, Alex Morgan are all featured.

The locations and models for Swimsuit 2014 included:
• Brazil – Natasha Barnard, Anne V, Bregje Heinen*, Valerie van der Graaf*
• Cook Islands – Kate Upton, Nina Agdal, Chrissy Teigen, Lily Aldridge*
• Guana Island, BVI – Anastasia Ashley, Skylar Diggins, Alex Morgan
• Los Angeles- Heidi Klum
• Madagascar – Chanel Iman*, Irina Shayk, Jessica Gomes, Marloes Horst*
• New Jersey – Hannah Davis, Gigi Hadid*, Sara Sampaio*
• New York City—SI Swimsuit Legends
• St. Lucia – Emily Ratajkowski*, Hannah Ferguson*, Cris Urena*, Samantha Hoopes*, Lauren Mellor*
• Switzerland – Kate Bock, Emily Didonato, Ariel Meredith, Genevieve Morton
• Zero-G (Florida) – Kate Upton
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NINA AGDAL, LILY ALDRIDGE AND CHRISSY TEIGEN GRACE THE HISTORIC COVER OF SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

SI SWIM 2014 COVER w. restrictions and caption The highly anticipated 50th Anniversary Sports Illustrated Swimsuit both celebrates history and makes it as Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge and Chrissy Teigen appear on the 2014 cover; the first cover appearance for all three. They join the ranks of iconic models including Kathy Ireland, Heidi Klum, Tyra Banks, Cheryl Tiegs and Christie Brinkley, who have graced an SI Swimsuit (@SI_Swimsuit) cover. The 50th Sports Illustrated Swimsuit goes live across the Web, mobile, tablet and newsstands on February 18th.

Said Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Editor MJ Day: “The 2014 cover embodies the essence of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. It is presented from a unique perspective, with a lighthearted spirit and breathtaking setting that lets the imagination run wild. This is what Swimsuit does best and we’re thrilled to see it captured in such a memorable image.”

Agdal, a 21-year-old Hilleroed, Denmark, native, first appeared in the issue in 2012 on the beaches of the Seychelles and then traveled to Hayman Island, Australia and the Bahamas (bodypainting) for her second appearance in 2013. Aldridge, the first rookie to be on the cover since Heidi Klum (’98), brings a sultry California-girl look and a fresh face to the franchise. Teigen, one of the most popular models Sports Illustrated has ever seen, makes her fifth appearance (2010, ‘11, ‘12, and ‘13) in the issue. The 28-year-old Delta, Utah, bombshell has added to the illustrious legacy of the Swimsuit Issue over the last five years in shoots at exotic locations, such as the Maldives, Philippines, Seychelles, Easter Island Chili, Bahamas (bodypainting), and now Aitutaki, Cook Islands.

Says Day: “These are three very different models who together represent all that Swimsuit has become and will continue be: fresh, exciting, surprising and sexy. Lilly is a fashion industry star who is going to thrill an entirely new audience and she makes history by becoming the first rookie to grace our cover since Heidi Klum. Chrissy is glamorous, dynamic and a cultural phenomenon. And Nina is a bombshell. We knew she was going to be a star from the day we met her.”

Says Agdal: “I’m speechless… This has been my goal. I couldn’t be happier to be on this year’s cover. It’s absolutely amazing!”
Says Aldridge: “I am so incredibly honored to be part of this issue. As my first time ever shooting with Sports Illustrated I never imagined I would be on the cover.”

Says Teigen: “I am so thrilled and honored to not only be on the cover but to be on the 50th Anniversary cover.”

Photographed by James Macari for Sports Illustrated, this is the first ensemble cover since 2006, which featured Veronica Varekova, Elle Macpherson, Rebecca Romijn, Rachel Hunter, Daniela Pestova, Elsa Benitez, Carolyn Murphy and Yamila Diaz-Rahi and the fifth cover to feature multiple models (’06, ’96, ’94, ’76).

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