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Old 04-06-2005, 03:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is ESPN Insider worth it?

It's $40 a year or $7 a month to read this exclusive stuff. I been avoiding it for a long time but it seems more and more stuff is going Insider now and I can't read most of the things I would normally want to read unless I pay up.

Anybody have this, and if so, is it really worth it?
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Old 04-06-2005, 03:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I love it.

The also gave Insider members a free subscription to ESPN the Mag about a year or so ago - not sure if that offer still runs.

Absolutely worth it.
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Old 04-06-2005, 03:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It depends on how fast you want info and what all sports you care about. Chances are you can get the same information from other sources by waiting a day or two. If you want the news/opinions of writers right away then it would probably be worth it to you.

I personally have access to the Insider stuff, but I don't pay for it.
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Old 04-06-2005, 03:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It depends on how fast you want info and what all sports you care about. Chances are you can get the same information from other sources by waiting a day or two. If you want the news/opinions of writers right away then it would probably be worth it to you.

I personally have access to the Insider stuff, but I don't pay for it.
I've tried finding a non-paying route, but no luck.

I mainly want it for opinions/analysis than info, so it's not like I'll be able to wait a day.

As for what sports I'd be reading about, my caring range is about 90% baseball.
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Old 04-06-2005, 03:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Well in your situation it would probably be beneficial to sign up for it then, if you have the money to waste that is. Which I'm assuming you do since you're considering it. If you don't find it to be worth the money you can always cancel it after the first month. I'm lucky enough to have a friend that's willing to share his account with me. That's how I'm able to use the Insider stuff without paying.
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Old 04-06-2005, 03:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Insider is basically taking over ESPN. All of the archives are now Insider articles (which angers me because I am a big Bill Simmons fan and now all of his old stuff requres an Insider pass ). But that being said, absolutely worth the money, if for no other reason than the "secret" articles by Gammons and Neyer that non-Insiders can't read.
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Old 04-06-2005, 04:13 PM   #7 (permalink)
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If you are looking strictly for baseball then I would probably go elsewhere, Baseball Prospectus would probably be a good start. But if you interested in other sports also its probably going to be the only one to cover them. ESPN just annoys me because a majority of their articles appear to be about the Yankees & Braves, and they also seem to have a habit of just making up stuff to fill up a page.
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Well I think I'm going to go for it. I've been reading their stuff for a long time and been used to Neyer and now I can't read him, along with Gammons and Olney and some of the others. I think it's crap that they make you pay for it, but I give up being annoyed with it.
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Old 04-06-2005, 04:25 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I can't imagine anything that ESPN offers worth paying money for. With information as readily available as it is today, I would think you can find pretty much anything they have to offer (except Neyer, perhaps) done better somewhere else. I have a free subscription to ESPN the Mag, and it's not worth the time and effort it takes to deposit it from the mailbox into my garbage can.

Gammons & Olney = SOC
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I can't imagine anything that ESPN offers worth paying money for. With information as readily available as it is today, I would think you can find pretty much anything they have to offer (except Neyer, perhaps) done better somewhere else. I have a free subscription to ESPN the Mag, and it's not worth the time and effort it takes to deposit it from the mailbox into my garbage can.

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What don't you like about the Mag? I like it better than SI.
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What don't you like about the Mag? I like it better than SI.
Pretty much everything. The layout is terrible, the articles are awful. I just can't read it.
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I recommend it too GGH. 40 bucks for insider and the mag is a good deal. The mag is good can reading material. I like Insider for Neyer (to see how he'll twist the stats this week) and a few others. Plus it is great in the offseason or trade deadline for "Hot Stove reports" where they'll put a blurb about a player and all the teams he's rumored to go to.
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What don't you like about the Mag? I like it better than SI.
And that says a lot about SI.
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I miss the Sporting News, before they became crap. You know, back before they started using gloss paper instead of newsprint. Now I'd rank them ESPN, SI, then SN... which is just freakin' sad and says a lot about the state of the mass market sports magazine industry right now.
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I recommend it too GGH. 40 bucks for insider and the mag is a good deal. The mag is good can reading material. I like Insider for Neyer (to see how he'll twist the stats this week) and a few others. Plus it is great in the offseason or trade deadline for "Hot Stove reports" where they'll put a blurb about a player and all the teams he's rumored to go to.
But you can get most of that stuff from anywhere for free.

And yeah, SI is no great shakes either. Sporting News is infinitely better than SI & ESPN, and even it is not as good as it used to be.
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