Sports Weekly
USA Today Sports Weekly is a weekly magazine that covers Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball is the highest level of professional baseball in the United States and Canada, consisting of teams that play in the National League and the American League...

, Minor League Baseball
Minor league baseball
Minor league baseball is a hierarchy of professional baseball leagues in the Americas that compete at levels below Major League Baseball and provide opportunities for player development. All of the minor leagues are operated as independent businesses...

National Collegiate Athletic Association
The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a semi-voluntary association of 1,281 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States...

 baseball and the National Football League
National Football League
The National Football League is the highest level of professional American football in the United States, and is considered the top professional American football league in the world. It was formed by eleven teams in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association, with the league changing...

. In the February 15, 2006 issue, the magazine added coverage of NASCAR
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing is a family-owned and -operated business venture that sanctions and governs multiple auto racing sports events. It was founded by Bill France Sr. in 1947–48. As of 2009, the CEO for the company is Brian France, grandson of the late Bill France Sr...

. 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
USA Today
USA Today is a national American daily newspaper published by the Gannett Company. It was founded by Al Neuharth. The newspaper vies with The Wall Street Journal for the position of having the widest circulation of any newspaper in the United States, something it previously held since 2003...

and shares both a headquarters in McLean, Virginia
McLean, Virginia
McLean is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Fairfax County in Northern Virginia. The community had a total population of 48,115 as of the 2010 census....

 and production facilities with its parent publication. USA Today is, in turn, owned by Gannett
Gannett Company
Gannett Company, Inc. is a publicly-traded media holding company headquartered in Tysons Corner, Virginia, United States, near McLean. It is the largest U.S. newspaper publisher as measured by total daily circulation. Its assets include the national newspaper USA Today and the weekly USA Weekend...

. In late 2005, the newsroom of Sports Weekly merged with USA Todays Sports department.

Sports Weekly is printed on newsprint
Newsprint is a low-cost, non-archival paper most commonly used to print newspapers, and other publications and advertising material. It usually has an off-white cast and distinctive feel. It is designed for use in printing presses that employ a long web of paper rather than individual sheets of...

 and distributed throughout the United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 and Canada
Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean...

. 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
    East Bound and Down
    "East Bound and Down" is the title of a song written by Jerry Reed and Dick Feller, and recorded by Reed for the soundtrack for the film Smokey and the Bandit. It was released in August 1977 as a single on RCA Records. The song spent sixteen weeks on the U.S. country music charts, reaching a peak...

     included a fictional cover of Sports Weekly featuring the main character.
  • In a 2006 episode of Family Guy
    Family Guy
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    , Peter Griffin
    Peter Griffin
    Peter Griffin is a fictional character and the protagonist of the animated comedy series Family Guy and the patriarch of the Griffin family. He is voiced by cartoonist Seth MacFarlane and first appeared on television, along with the rest of the family in the 15-minute short on December 20, 1998....

     is seen reading Sports Weekly on a plane to London.
  • In the movie Summer Catch
    Summer Catch
    Summer Catch is a 2001 romantic comedy film starring Freddie Prinze Jr., Jessica Biel, and Matthew Lillard. The story takes place on Cape Cod, but the majority of the film was shot in Southport, North Carolina.-Plot:...

    , 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
    Shallow Hal
    Shallow Hal is a 2001 romantic comedy film starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Black, and Jason Alexander. It was directed by the Farrelly Brothers and filmed in and around Charlotte, North Carolina as well as Sterling and Princeton, Massachusetts at Wachusett Mountain.- Plot :Hal Larson is a...

    , the character Mauricio (Jason Alexander
    Jason Alexander
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    ) is shown reading a copy of Baseball Weekly.
  • A photo of Bob Dylan
    Bob Dylan
    Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, musician, poet, film director and painter. He has been a major and profoundly influential figure in popular music and culture for five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when he was an informal chronicler and a seemingly...

     appeared in an issue of Rolling Stone
    Rolling Stone
    Rolling Stone is a US-based magazine devoted to music, liberal politics, and popular culture that is published every two weeks. Rolling Stone was founded in San Francisco in 1967 by Jann Wenner and music critic Ralph J...

    in which he was reading Baseball Weekly in a 7-11 store.
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