The Body Issue

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The Body Issue
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Best-selling of six alternative covers of ESPN The Magazine's original Body Issue in 2009 featuring Serena Williams
FrequencyYearly
First issueOctober 19, 2009
Company ESPN
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Website ESPN The Magazine

The Body Issue is an edition of ESPN The Magazine that features dozens of athletes in nude and semi-nude photographs, which is intended to rival the annual Swimsuit Issue from Sports Illustrated . The first issue debuted on October 19, 2009. [1] The issue was a response to the decline in advertising spending resulting from the financial crisis of 2007–2010 and late-2000s recession that saw a 24 percent decline in ad revenues for the first six months of 2009 compared to the same six-month period in 2008. [2]

<i>ESPN The Magazine</i>

ESPN The Magazine is a fortnightly sports magazine published by the ESPN sports network in Bristol, Connecticut, in the United States. The first issue was published on March 11, 1998.

<i>Sports Illustrated</i> American sports magazine

Sports Illustrated (SI) is an American sports magazine owned by Meredith Corporation. First published in August 1954, it has over 3 million subscribers and is read by 23 million people each week, including over 18 million men.

Contents

The 2009 edition had six alternative covers featuring Serena Williams (tennis), Carl Edwards (NASCAR), Adrian Peterson (NFL), Dwight Howard (NBA), Gina Carano (mixed martial arts) and Sarah Reinertsen (triathlons). [3] The Serena Williams edition sold the most copies. [4] The 2009 issue was a financial success, achieving double the normal edition sales, greater sales than any bi-weekly issue in over two years and 35 percent more ad sales than comparable issues, which led to plans for extended marketing of the 2010 edition. [4]

Serena Williams American tennis player

Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player. The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) ranked her world No. 1 in singles on eight separate occasions between 2002 and 2017. She reached the No. 1 ranking for the first time on July 8, 2002. On her sixth occasion, she held the ranking for 186 consecutive weeks, tying the record set by Steffi Graf. In total, she has been No. 1 for 319 weeks, which ranks third in the "Open Era" among female players behind Graf and Martina Navratilova.

Carl Edwards American racing driver

Carl Michael Edwards II is an American former professional stock car racing driver. He last competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the No. 19 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing. Prior to that, he drove the No. 99 Ford Fusion for Roush Fenway Racing. He won the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series championship and nearly won the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title, but lost by a tiebreaker to Tony Stewart. Edwards is well known for doing a backflip off his car to celebrate a victory, which was a result of saving himself from a potential fall when he had his first win.

Adrian Peterson American football running back

Adrian Lewis Peterson is an American football running back for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oklahoma and was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings seventh overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. Peterson set the NCAA freshman rushing record with 1,925 yards as a true freshman during the 2004 season. As a unanimous first-team All-American, he became the first freshman to finish as the runner-up in the Heisman Trophy balloting. Peterson finished his college football career as the Sooners' third all-time leading rusher.

The edition included the regular sports coverage. In the bodies section athletes were featured on and off the field. Even a picture during a knee surgery was included. The "Bodies We Want" section was a feature of the best bodies in the world of sports all posed nude but with strategic coverage of private parts. [5] Another section showed the damage done to the human body in athletics such as Laird Hamilton's cracked heel and Torry Holt's crooked middle finger. [2] One action photo captured six members of Major League Soccer's D.C. United simulating a free kick defensive wall while covering their genitalia. [6]

Laird Hamilton American surfer

Laird John Hamilton is an American big-wave surfer, co-inventor of tow-in surfing, and an occasional fashion and action-sports model. He is married to Gabrielle Reece, a professional volleyball player, television personality, and model.

Torry Holt American football player, wide receiver

Torry Jabar Holt is a former professional American football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. He was named to the Pro Bowl seven times and retired with the 10th most receiving yards, including a record six consecutive seasons with 1,300 yards. He played college football at North Carolina State University, and earned consensus All-American honors. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft, and spent the next ten years with the Rams and is remembered as one of the members of the "Greatest Show on Turf."

Middle finger finger

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2009

Some of the 2009 covers were revealed on shows such Monday Night Football and Good Morning America . The 2009 edition included the following: [5]

<i>Monday Night Football</i> regular-season National Football League games played on Monday nights

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<i>Good Morning America</i> American morning television show broadcast on ABC

Good Morning America (GMA) is an American morning television show that is broadcast on ABC. It debuted on November 3, 1975, and first expanded to weekends with the debut of a Sunday edition on January 3, 1993. The Sunday edition was canceled in 1999; weekend editions returned on both Saturdays and Sundays on September 4, 2004. The weekday program airs from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. in all U.S. time zones. The Saturday and Sunday editions are one hour long and are transmitted to ABC's stations live at 7:00 a.m. Eastern Time, although stations in some markets air them at different times. Viewers in the Pacific Time Zone receive an updated feed with a specialized opening and updated live reports. A third hour of the weekday broadcast aired from 2007 to 2008, exclusively on ABC News Now.

Joba Chamberlain baseball pitcher from the United States

Justin Louis "Joba" Chamberlain is an American former professional baseball relief pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians.

Nelson Cruz Major League Baseball outfielder for Seattle Mariners

Nelson Ramón Cruz Martínez is a Dominican-American professional baseball right fielder and designated hitter for the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Milwaukee Brewers, Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles, and Seattle Mariners. Cruz played 881 games in right field, 119 in left, 2 in center and 582 at DH through 2018.

Iván Rodríguez Puerto Rican professional baseball player, catcher

Iván Rodríguez Torres, nicknamed "Pudge" is a former Major League Baseball catcher. In his career, he played for the Texas Rangers, Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Washington Nationals.

2010

The 2010 edition included the following:

Diana Taurasi basketball player

Diana Lorena Taurasi is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and UMMC Ekaterinburg of Russia. Taurasi has won three WNBA championships, one WNBA Most Valuable Player Award (2009), two WNBA Finals MVP Awards, four Olympic gold medals,, five scoring titles, and the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award (2004). She has also been selected to seven WNBA All-Star teams and nine All-WNBA teams. She is one of 10 women to win an Olympic Gold Medal, an NCAA Championship and a WNBA Championship. In 2011, she was voted by fans as one of the WNBA's Top 15 Players of All Time. On June 18, 2017, Taurasi became the WNBA all-time leading scorer.

Patrick Willis American football player, linebacker

Patrick L. Willis is a former American football linebacker who played his entire eight-year career with the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the 49ers in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football for the University of Mississippi and received consensus All-American honors.

Julia Mancuso American alpine skier

Julia Marie Mancuso is a retired American World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist. She won the giant slalom at the 2006 Winter Olympics, and was the silver medalist in both downhill and combined in 2010, and the bronze medalist in the combined in 2014. She has also won five medals at the World Championships and seven races in regular World Cup competition. Her four Olympic medals are the most ever for a female American alpine skier.

2011

The 2011 edition included the following:

2012

The 2012 issue featured the following athletes: [9]

2013

The 2013 issue featured the following athletes:

2014

The 2014 issue featured the following athletes :

2015

The 2015 issue featured the following athletes :

2016

Source: [10]

2017

Source [11]

2018

2019

Baseball: Trevor Bauer


Notes

  1. Thomson, Katherine (2009-10-06). "ESPN's 'Body Issue' Of Naked Athletes (PHOTOS): Serena Williams, Dwight Howard, Adrian Peterson, More Pose Nude (PICTURES)". Huffington Post . Retrieved 2009-12-02.
  2. 1 2 Clifford, Stephanie (2009-10-12). "Special Issues a Bright Spot for Magazines". The New York Times . p. B1. Retrieved 2009-12-03.
  3. La Monica, Mark (2009-10-09). "ESPN 'The Body Issue' magazine covers". Newsday . Retrieved 2009-12-02.
  4. 1 2 Rovell, Darren (2009-11-30). "ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue: A Financial Success". CNBC . Retrieved 2009-12-02.
  5. 1 2 McCarthy, Michael (2009-09-30). "First look: In ESPN's magazine, showing skin is no issue". USA Today . Retrieved 2009-12-02.
  6. Steinberg, Dan (2009-10-08). "United's Nude Awakening". The Washington Post Company . Retrieved 2009-12-03.
  7. Matz, Eddie. "No shirts, no shorts ... lots of service!". ESPN. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  8. "Galleries / The Body Issue / October 17, 2011 Hope Solo". ESPN the Magazine . 2011-10-17. Retrieved 2011-10-05.
  9. "ESPN The Magazine Body Issue – ESPN". Espn.go.com. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  10. Chiari, Mike (June 21, 2016). "ESPN Body Issue 2016: Release Date and List of Athletes Revealed". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  11. "Ezekiel Elliott, Julian Edelman among 23 athletes featured in Body Issue". ESPN. June 25, 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2017.

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