400 suckers born every day

To the 400 new suckers, I mean subscribers who signed up for ESPN the Magazine after seeing the “Body Issue”: you do realize it’s basically a one-shot gimmick, don’t you? That the bi-weekly publication is usually never like this? I mean, they don’t even have a swimsuit issue. Heck, even Inside Sports had a swimsuit issue back in the day.

Even magazines that one would never expect to employ such a marketing strategy do it. I suspect this for a combination of sales grab and a poke at those who do. I’m sure there’s a philosophical or economic/marketing term for disparaging a practice while at the same time using it, but I must have been out from school that day.

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