Soccer Digest folds

Discussion in 'Business and Media' started by branko97, Nov 15, 2003.

  1. branko97

    branko97 Member

    May 30, 2001
    New York City
    Heard this week from the managing editor, a former colleague of mine, that the magazine has been killed by the owner of Century Publishing, along with companion titles Auto Racing Digest and Wrestling Digest. Three editors were laid off by the company. Century will continue to produce Baseball, Football, Basketball, Hockey and Bowling Digests.

    Pure business move in an increasingly tough magazine climate, especially for a bi-monthly that had a hard time being timely and relevant. I think the circ was about 30,000, which is surprising given the numbers I've heard for Soccer America, but a lot of that came from the very low subscription price.

    Still, I'm sad to see one of the few soccer-only mags in the U.S. go after 25 years in business.
     
  2. G Enriquez

    G Enriquez Member+

    Apr 1, 2002
    Tampa
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This is sad news, I have a subscription to it.
     
  3. reverebulls

    reverebulls New Member

    Nov 4, 2003
    Awful news. I know soccer junior was also recently stopped.
     
  4. AndyMead

    AndyMead Homo Sapien

    Nov 2, 1999
    Seat 12A
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    I was talking to Ray Alley, the publisher of Southern Soccer Scene, at the ACC Tourney the other day and he mentioned that both Soccer Jr and Soccer Digest were gone. Sad days indeed.

    That leaves Soccer America, Southern Soccer Scene, and Soccer New England.

    Of course the old editor of 90:00 Minutes has moved on to the new Soccer Post magazine, and I see that apparently 90:00 Minutes still exists in some form. I'll believe it when I see as far as the long term viability of these two publications.

    And of course there's the Emerald City Gazette, which after a few months off should have three new issues in the next 2 1/2 months.
     
  5. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Judging by the amount of actual advertising in the issues of Soccer Digest I've seen lately, it's not surprising.

    90:00's new management is apparently much better than the old.

    But, like you say, the proof is in the pudding. Let's see what happens.
     
  6. fdp

    fdp Red Card

    Oct 24, 2001
    Soccer Digest, you will be missed...

    I enjoyed reading it at work. Its compact design fit perfectly into a pocket. It was not as if I was carrying a magazine around work.
     
  7. babytiger2001

    babytiger2001 New Member

    Dec 29, 2000
    Melbourne
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    As someone who had a few articles freelanced in that publication around 1996-97, I'm sorry to see it go as well.

    And without bashing anyone who has been in charge of that publication before or since I had been published in it, I think the overall quality or lack thereof of that periodical has been going steadily downhill.

    It's a shame, yes, but the writing's been on the wall for some time.

    As a consumer, I can't say that I've felt particularly motvated to purchase a copy of that publication in the last few years or so.

    Also, I'm sure that the advent and explosion of the internet has contributed to the demise of that publication, as well as to others like it.

    Just a sign of the times, folks...
     
  8. Robert Lanza

    Robert Lanza Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Boynton Beach, FL
    Club:
    Ft Lauderdale Strikers
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Soccer Digest RIP 1978-2003

    I was a Soccer Digest subscriber for 24 of those 25 years. I've kept many of the back issues (even the ones during the dreaded mid-to-late 80s indoor soccer craze, when every article, it seemed was devoted to that rubbish). It's sad to see any soccer venture go under (I was a Fusion fan). Still, as others have mentioned, the quality had decreased. The writing was poor and facts were often incorrect, not to mention the fact that monthlies of anything nowadays (and SD was a BI-monthly) are finding it difficult to keep up with information in the internet age. Soccer America is experiencing something similar, and they're only biweekly.
     
  9. Old Man!

    Old Man! BigSoccer Supporter

    RIP Chicago Fire
    Mar 11, 2000
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Distribution was really poor. I can remember buying it at my local bookstore when the articles interested me, but for about the past 3 or 4 years, it has vanished off the shelves, so I stopped buying it.
     
  10. Chris M.

    Chris M. Member+

    Jan 18, 2002
    Chicago
    Hey, you forgot

    Three, Six, One

    :)
     
  11. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    He didn't forget. :)
     
  12. SueB

    SueB New Member

    Mar 23, 1999
    Waterbury, VT
    I was WONDERING.

    Also, are Southern Soccer Scene and Soccer New England really the ONLY two regional soccer mags? I figured there naturally would be others ... (rustling to find my SNE re-order form ....).
     
  13. billf

    billf Member+

    May 22, 2001
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I got the first issue of 90:00 and thought it was really good. I just never got around to subscribing. Last week, I got a call from someone in that company about investing in the company, blah, blah. I wasn't interested in the sales pitch, but I had them send me the prospectus. Included was a copy of the most recent 90:00. I haven't read it yet, but it looked decent.
     
  14. Paul. A

    Paul. A Member

    Mar 16, 1999
    Wales, UK
    Sad news. I'll miss it coming in the mail!
     
  15. roarksown1

    roarksown1 Member

    Mar 30, 2001
    Playa del Rey, CA
    Club:
    Hamburger SV
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    A bi-weekly soccer magazine? Nowadays, with all the up-to-the-minute information on the Internet and FSW, it's hard to imagine a magazine with that time span between issues surviving. There's just too much going on in the game daily, all year round, and today's news is already yesterday's.

    It's always sad to see a soccer related business go under, but I don't think this is an indicator that the interest in soccer in America is on the decline - just the opposite, I believe...
     
  16. branko97

    branko97 Member

    May 30, 2001
    New York City
    To think, if they'd held on another week they could have tapped into Freddy Fever!

    Agree this has little to do with the state of soccer today. The problem with the magazine was that its business model was built in the '70s and the company never adjusted to the massive changes in media, primarily the internet, over the past decade. Same thing happened to another Century publication, Inside Sports, a national monthly that grew increasingly irrelevant in the mid to late '90s and died an unlamented death.
     
  17. MikeLastort2

    MikeLastort2 Member

    Mar 28, 2002
    Takoma Park, MD
    Bummer. I finally get one of my pictures in their mag, and they go under.

    And they never sent me a check either!!
     
  18. AndyMead

    AndyMead Homo Sapien

    Nov 2, 1999
    Seat 12A
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    Unless the parent company that puts all those "xxx Digest" sports pubs has gone under you should remind them to pay you.
     
  19. webster2003

    webster2003 Red Card

    Nov 4, 2003
    Me too.

    The flip side is that Soccer America may get a few new subscribers now.
     
  20. Beau Dure

    Beau Dure Member+

    May 31, 2000
    Vienna, VA
    Said it before, say it again -- the value of Soccer America is the combination of a feature-laden magazine and news-laden e-newsletters. If you're paying for Soccer America and not getting the newsletters, you're not getting full value for your money.
     
  21. SueB

    SueB New Member

    Mar 23, 1999
    Waterbury, VT
    Wonder if I'll get a refund for the month of dailies I missed during the glitches after they changed their system. :(
     
  22. Steve Holroyd

    Steve Holroyd New Member

    Apr 19, 2003
    New Jersey
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This is sad news.

    I, too, have been an on-again, off-again subscriber since 1978, and have pretty much every issue in the collection.

    Time to write for a refund.
     
  23. Footer Phooter

    Jul 23, 2000
    Falls Church, VA
    Re: Soccer Digest, you will be missed...

    :)
     

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