ESPN The Magazine is a bi-weekly (once every two weeks) sports magazine published by the ESPN sports network in Bristol, Connecticut in the United States. The first issue was published on March 11, 1998. The main sports covered include Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, National Football League, National Hockey League, college basketball, and college football. The magazine typically takes a more light-hearted and humorous approach to sporting news compared to competitors such as Sports Illustrated and Sporting News. It often covers players whose careers have suffered as a result of incidents off the field. Here are some of the regular departments, in their magazine order: The annual 'Body Issue,' which debuted in 2008 as its answer to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, features naked and scantily-clad athletes.