UFC Tries To Prove It's Capable Of A Knockout
November 18, 2012
The UFC turned a spectacle banned throughout the country into a sanctioned sport with mass appeal. Mixed Martial Arts is now one of the country's fastest-growing sports. And the UFC has become one of the world's most valuable sports franchises, with annual revenue approaching $600 million, according to one of its owners--and a worth, if you believe the smoke signals, of more than $2 billion.
But the UFC is at a critical juncture. It could join the country's major sports leagues--an ascension fueled by big profits, network TV acceptance, and aggressive international expansion. Or, it could mismanage its growth--by fatiguing fans with too many events, failing to resolve labor tensions with fighters, or simply overreaching. And, of course, there's an inherent question the UFC is finally large enough to confront: Is this sport too violent to thrive in mainstream America?
Rubble Photos for Sale: The gray market of Ground Zero memorabilia
September 8, 2011
Nine million tourists visit Lower Manhattan each year, and a large number of them make a stop at Ground Zero. Many leave with souvenirs. Those who've paid the entrance fee for the official visitors' center can buy respectful memorabilia in a gift shop. For cheaper and more visceral mementos, the tourists take to the streets. Around the World Trade Center site, there's a bustling gray market, one that's dominated by picture books filled with photos of planes exploding and buildings crumbling.
Trouble in the House of Redstone
Starting with nothing more than a local theater chain and a streak of ambition, the Redstones built a media empire that ultimately would span the globe—then spent years fighting over it. Now the family is engaged in its biggest battle yet, between Sumner Redstone and his enigmatic daughter, Shari. Could this be the final act for one of the greatest business dynasties Boston has ever seen?
With a plan to donate five percent of its profits to charity and rely on sustainable, environmentally friendly materials, the innovative clothing company Nau was supposed to transform the apparel industry. Instead, it imploded. So what went wrong? And what happens next, as survivors of the original company attempt to sew the pieces back together?
Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerberg created one of the most trafficked sites on the Web and became a paper billionaire as a result. But ongoing lawsuits suggest that Facebook's origins are murkier than Zuckerberg would like to admit. Is the man many are calling Harvard's next Bill Gates telling the truth?
After this story—the first investigative look at Facebook's founding—was published, Facebook attacked the now-defunct 02138 magazine in court. A judge quickly dispatched the social networking behemoth.