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 like Sports Illustrated and previously the Sporting News.
Some of the regular departments, in their magazine order:
- Two Way: Stuart Scott answered questions from readers, giving his own opinions.
- The Biz: Peter King writes about the business side of sports and its effect on the sporting world.
- The Post: Looking back at the previous edition of the magazine with a few of the readers' comments and updates on past stories.
- Zoom: One large "image of the week," occupying two pages.
- The Jump: A mix of different regular features, offering an alternative and most of the time humorous take on the current sporting scene.
- Outtakes: A transcript of an interview from The Dan Patrick Show with a sport star mostly talking about non sports issues. Interviews now done by Kenny Mayne.
- The Life of Reilly: Former Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly gives his opinions on the sports world, and reports upon various "special interest" storeys in sports.
- NEXT Athlete: Yearly award given out to young rising star athletes.
- Athlete X: a feature that ran in the late 2000s where an anonymous athlete from various sports (MLB, NFL, and NASCAR) offered an insider's perspective.
Most of these departments and features were dropped after a 2011 editorial change. As of 2016, only Zoom and The Biz still appear regularly. There is additionally a recurring column that focuses on Sabermetrics, as well as The Truth, a back-page editorial that focuses on controversial topics.
The Body Issue
The annual "Body Issue", which debuted in 2009 as its answer to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, features naked and scantily-clad athletes. The "Body Issue" addresses the physical structure of the most popular athletes to show what parts of their body they see as almost "perfect".
- ESPN Deportes La Revista, a Spanish-language magazine