ESPN The Magazine Celebrates 20th Anniversary with “Dominant 20” – a Look at the Most Dominant Athletes Since the Inception of the Magazine

ESPN The Magazine

ESPN The Magazine Celebrates 20th Anniversary with “Dominant 20” – a Look at the Most Dominant Athletes Since the Inception of the Magazine

Tiger Woods Nabs the Top Spot and the Cover

Industry-leading ESPN The Magazine will celebrate its 20th anniversary this week by highlighting the 20 most dominant athletes of the past two decades. As announced on Sunday’s E:60 on ESPN, Tiger Woods clinched the No. 1 spot, as well as the cover of the Dominant 20 issue.

Senior writer Peter Keating developed a statistical methodology to determine the list of 20 dominant athletes: superstars who have proved to be the best at what they do over the past 20 years. The list is available in The Mag, on newsstands Friday, and on via a unique digital experience. There will be an accompanying piece for each athlete on the list as well as another ranking: the top 20 most dominant single-season teams of the last 20 years.

The Dominant 20 features several pieces from contributing writers including: the intangibles that make Peyton Manning great (by novelist and short-story writer Richard Ford), a fictional letter to Lionel Messi (by award-winning poet Roger Reeves), a poem about Cristiano Ronaldo (by author Natalie Diaz), and a look at Novak Djokovic’s 2011 career-defining forehand winner (by author Nathan Hill).

“For 20 years, ESPN The Magazine has been home to the best sports journalism in the country, whether by elevating significant pieces by giants in the industry or introducing fans to new writers, photographers and artists. We have a team that is equally passionate about sports, storytelling and the kind of intense debate and conversation that takes place among true fans,” said ESPN The Magazine editor-in-chief Alison Overholt. “From the very first issue of The Mag, we proclaimed that we had ‘NEXT.’ That forward-looking DNA infuses all that we do, and as we navigate an ever-changing media landscape, it continues to be the core of our identity—whether that means ensuring our immersive long reads are great experiences at the ready, on whatever device fans reach for, or whether that means being playful with ideas and formats that drive content for our colleagues on other platforms across ESPN. I’m so proud of this team and of the creative energy that they embody every day. I hope that fans enjoy taking some time to celebrate with us; it has been two decades of dominance, for the Dominant 20 athletes in the pages of this special anniversary issue, and for those of us at ESPN The Magazine who have had the privilege to chronicle their achievements these past 20 years.”

Additionally, the team from E:60 will create a prime time special “ESPN The Magazine: The Dominant 20” that will air Thursday, March 22, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. Hosts Bob Ley and Jeremy Schaap will be joined by Alison Overholt and Peter Keating to count down The Mag’s lists of the 20 most dominant athletes and teams of the past two decades.

Also in “Dominant 20”:

The Dominant 20 Teams – From Curry’s Warriors to Geno’s Huskies—and every other juggernaut in between—we rank the best of the best over the past two decades.

Pretending to Be Okay – With UConn holding two spots on the Dominant 20 Teams list, senior writer Wright Thompson went riding along with coach Geno Auriemma in his pursuit of the impossible: personal perfection.

When Winter Never Ends – Wright Thompson on how five days in February reveals what Seattle’s signing of Ichiro Suzuki doesn’t. The future Hall of Famer is haunted by the life he can’t escape.

Loss Leaders – A look at tanking throughout MLB history. By Sam Miller

Three for One – Likely first-round picks Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma, Josh Allen of Wyoming and Derwin James of Florida State enter the NFL draft with huge upsides—but significant questions. We asked a scout and Insider Mel Kiper Jr. to size them up, then asked the players to critique the critiques. By Anthony Olivieri

The Walk-In: Nick Young – Swaggy P is more than just an unapologetic bomber with a smile. He’s also a style maven with a platinum card—and the green light to use it. By Stacey Pressman

Tiny Oral History: The Brief Pelican – In January, comedian Tony Roberts sat courtside in Pelicans warm-up gear, and his waltz onto the floor, odd calisthenics and air ball gave us a truly viral security guard finger wag. By Anna Katherine Clemmons

Stadium Food Deconstructed – Fenway faithful have to get up early on Patriots’ Day for a ballpark special … French toast! By Dan Hajducky

Twenty Years On – Steve Wulf, a founding editor at The Mag, takes us through the publication’s history and takes a glimpse into its future.


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I currently manage PR efforts for several areas at ESPN including the Emmy + Oscar-winning "30 for 30" series from ESPN Films, Original Programming, The ESPYS, espnW and more.
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