I bought my first football magazine of the year today. Athlon Sports 2009 national college football edition. The magazine was $7.99 which is up a dollar from the previous years. Now the fact that the Magazine was a dollar more this year didn't bother me so much. It had been $6.99 for at least 5 years or so and it's a fact of life that things go up in price. What bothered me is this years magazine went up a dollar and was 15-20 pages less than previous years. We are paying more and getting less. I believe this is a phenomenon not unique to sports magazines but in most things today. When I bought my last TV they told me if I watched it 3 hours a day I would get 10 years out of it. Which means as much as I watch it if it lasts 5 I am lucky. The TV I was replacing while not LCD and all that other jazz was 17 years old and had been moved back and forth from Denver to Omaha to Wayne To Omaha To Wayne To Omaha more times than I can count.
As for athlons they have been shrinking their magazine for years. Some years it's bigger than others but if you get an Athlons Magazine for the late 70's or 80's ( and I have some) compare it to a edition from the past...oh 10 years. See how much larger it is heighth and width wise. And even though pages counts are similar notice the ads and the size of the print. Compare the quality of the paper. Paying more for less. It seems to be the way of the times.
Now that I am done bitching Open thread :)