Word came down last week that an iconic brand in the lives of many sports fans, Sports Illustrated, would be laying off most and possibly all of its staff.
First published on Aug. 16, 1954, the magazine is in jeopardy of making its 70th birthday.
Authentic Brands Group bought Sports Illustrated in 2019 and had an agreement with The Arena Group to publish it in print and digital. When The Arena Group missed a $4 million payment less than a month ago, the licensing agreement was terminated. This followed Sports Illustrated having laid off 30% of its workers after the last sale andbeing accused of publishing AI (Artificial Intelligence) articles with fake names and biographies attached.
Authentic Brands Group has said the brand would continue and Sports Illustrated senior writer Pat Forde has also published that it would continue.
Several central Ohio sports memories have graced the cover. The following is not all-inclusive but is a reasonable sample of Columbus-area sports news from SI’s inception in 1954 to now.
Ohio State football
Given their success, it’s no surprise that Buckeyes football players have been featured on many covers.
Ohio State basketball
The Buckeyes’ basketball teams have been featured.
Ohio State athletics
The Ohio State athletic program as a whole was featured in 2007
And Ohio State swimming
And, of course, the band
Golf’s greatest champion, who was raised in Upper Arlington and attended Ohio State, was on the SI cover numerous times.
Former Ohio State golfer Tom Weiskopf graced the cover in 1973.
Former Ohio State two-sport star Frank Howard was featured in 1964.
Columbus native Simone Biles has been on the cover three times.