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Sports Illustrated is laying off its entire staff. Most of the reporters and editors received layoff notices Friday – leading many to wonder if the magazine will ever publish again.
The union of the staff tweeted Friday that it would continue to fight for the publication of the magazine but that its future is now in the hands of the magazine’s owner, Authentic Brands Group, Washington Post reported.
“This is another difficult day in what has been a difficult four years for Sports Illustrated under Arena Group (previously The Maven) stewardship,” the union said in a statement. “We are calling on ABG to ensure the continued publication of SI and allow it to serve our audience in the way it has for nearly 70 years.”
ABG has owned the magazine since 2019 and sold the publishing rights to a company called the Arena Group. The Arena Group missed a recent payment for those publishing rights, prompting ABG to pull the publishing license and putting the future of Sports Illustrated in jeopardy,’ the newspaper said.
“As a result of this license revocation, we will be laying off staff that work on the SI brand,” the note to staff read, adding that some employees would be terminated immediately, while others would work through the end of a 90-day notice period.
Sports Illustrated was launched in 1954 and became the benchmark for sports journalism in America. In recent years, the magazine was infested with far-leftists who used their pens to write about social justice issues instead of sports.
In 2021, the famed swimsuit edition of the magazine featured a man pretending to be a woman in a one-piece bathing suit.
“Kim Petras is not there because of her popularity with SI readership, but because SI editorial despises its readership, just as Bud Light management despises its customer base,” one Twitter user opined. “This really pure class contempt. ‘Ha ha those dumb beer-drinking SI readers!’”
“This is a form of mind rape,” another reader dismissed. “The goal is to trick hetero men into sexual desire for other men … if you don’t like you are the bad guy.”
With reporting from Washington Post