Business Longreads

The best Longreads in business and finance for the week of March 9.

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“His Game, His Rules”Don Van Natta Jr., ESPN

The legendary investigative journalist turns his sights on the most powerful man in American sports—and one of ESPN’s most important business partners.

“Apple Picking: How The iPhone Became an Object Worth Killing For”Gerry Smith, Huffington Post

The worldwide craze for smartphones isn’t restricted to prosperous consumers all over the globe—it’s also fueled a $30 billion market for filched phones.

“The Big Short War”William Cohan, Vanity Fair

A battle between three of New York’s most prominent investors over the legitimacy of a nutritional-supplements company has finally found its proper forum: the glossy, snarky, juicy pages of the magazine dedicated to all that glitters.

“The Battle of New Orleans”Ryan Chittum, Columbia Journalism Review

The Times-Picayune of New Orleans cut back to three days a week of print publishing, laid off a huge portion of its staff, and turned into a buzzy website, and a huge portion of its staff got fired or quit. Why is the Newhouse family, which owns midsize newspapers all over country, so enthusiastic about radical transformation? And does it actually make sense?

“A Day In the Life of a Digital Editor, 2013”Alexis Madrigal, The Atlantic

Why is digital publishing so awful for freelance writers? The glory days for print weren’t much better, and no one’s getting rich anyway.