A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of scantily clad swimsuit models; some cheerleader photos that are more pin-up than athlete.
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Although the site says it filters bad words and removes offensive comments, occasional swearing slips through, especially on FanNation.com site.
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Products & Purchases
Ads and sponsored links are present but not overwhelming.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
FanNation site had a prominent ad for whiskey; one photo in "Extra Mustard" showed a celebrity holding a drink. Some of the articles talk about althetes and their drinking, DUI, or drug problems.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that teens could spend hours on this content-rich site following their favorite professional and college sports and players...or checking out endless photos of swimsuit models and cheerleaders. (The site is definitely skewed toward showing men as athletes and women as eye candy.) Parents should be aware that SI.com links to FanNation, its interactive site, where users 13 and older can register by providing their first and last name, email address, and Zip code. The site filters bad words and removes offensive comments, but like all interactive areas, potentially harmful and inappropriate content could get through.
Is It Any Good?
The magazine's in-depth profiles take a backseat to breaking news and splashy multimedia -- videos, photos, and of course, the swimsuit section. "Extra Mustard" is SI.com's attempt to meld sports and pop culture, but photo galleries of celebs at games don't offer much for the serious fan. One of the best features: the SI Vault -- a digitized archive of the magazine's complete collection of content that highlights stuff that's relative.
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