Sports Illustrated has thought of a clever way to boost its subscriber rate among the younger demographic — give away the consistently bestselling Madden NFL video game with a subscription. For a $50 28-issue subscription you get Madden NFL 10 on any current system. And you also get a bonus NFL Films DVD.
If you were planning on buying the game anyway for the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, the deal will actually save you $10 and net you half a year of the weekly magazine. If you cancel the subscription you’ll only get a full refund if you return the game and DVD. If you cancel and keep the bonuses, SI deducts a $26 handling fee from your refund. Since you could easily turn around and sell the game for more than that, there’s no way to lose here.