ESPN The Magazine will cease publication following the September release of The Body Issue , ESPN said in a statement Tuesday.“Our journalists will continue to create the same exceptional content," the statement reads. "Consumer habits are evolving rapidly, and this requires ESPN to evolve as well. The only change here is that we are moving away from printing it on paper and sending it in the mail, following September’s release of The Body Issue."Our data shows the vast majority of readers already consume our print journalism on digital platforms, and this approach will maximize our reach and impact. In the future, we will explore releasing tentpole collections such as Body in special, differentiated print formats.”The magazine has lost money for the past several years , Sports Business Daily reports.“It was not close to a break even proposition,” a source told Sports Business Daily .ESPN The Magazine began publication in 1998. The premier issue featured Kobe Bryant, Eric Lindros, Kordell Stewart and Alex Rodriguez on the cover, along with the headline, “Next.”The end of its 21-year run leaves Sports Illustrated as the only remaining major sports magazine still in print. The Sporting News ceased print publication after 126 years in 2013. SPORT Magazine (as well as Inside Sports , which was merged with SPORT in 1998) stopped publication following a 54-year run in 2000.