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USA Today Sports Weekly is a weekly magazine that covers Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball, NCAA baseball and the National Football League. In the February 15, 2006 issue, the magazine added coverage of NASCAR. It was founded as USA Today Baseball Weekly in 1991 and changed its name on September 4, 2002 when it added the NFL.
Sports Weekly is a publication of USA Today and shares both a headquarters in McLean, Virginia and production facilities with its parent publication. USA Today is, in turn, owned by Gannett. In late 2005, the newsroom of Sports Weekly merged with USA Today's Sports department.
Sports Weekly is printed on newsprint and distributed throughout the United States and Canada. Regular editions are published on Wednesdays. Special editions previewing events or covering fantasy sports are released several times each year on better quality newsprint.
In its November 22, 2006 issue, the publication announced that it was dropping weekly coverage of NASCAR after one season, but it would issue three special editions dedicated to the sport on an annual basis. For 2007, Sports Weekly announced more comprehensive baseball coverage, along with the return of college baseball features and the addition of weekly college football coverage.
In popular culture
- The first episode of East Bound and Down included a fictional cover of Sports Weekly featuring the main character.
- In a 2006 episode of Family Guy, Peter Griffin is seen reading Sports Weekly on a plane to London.
- In the movie Summer Catch, an announcers booth at a Cape Cod League stadium is lit on fire when a cigarette ash falls on a pile of fictional Baseball Weekly issues.
- In the movie Shallow Hal, the character Mauricio (Jason Alexander) is shown reading a copy of Baseball Weekly.
- A photo of Bob Dylan appeared in an issue of Rolling Stone in which he was reading Baseball Weekly in a 7-11 store.