30 for 30: Season 2, Episode 1

Broke (2 Oct. 2012)

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According to a 2009 Sports Illustrated article, 60 percent of former NBA players are broke within five years of retirement. By the time they have been retired for two years, 78% of former ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Homer Bush ...
Ed Butowsky ...
Dan Charnas ...
Murray Chass ...
Herman Edwards ...
Shelly Finkel ...
Cliff Floyd ...
Ron Insana ...
Bernie Kosar ...
Eugene Lockhart ...
Rob Love ...
Robin Lyon ...
Herself (as Robin 'Boss' Lyon)
Jamal Mashburn ...
Marvin Miller ...
Keith McCants ...


According to a 2009 Sports Illustrated article, 60 percent of former NBA players are broke within five years of retirement. By the time they have been retired for two years, 78% of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress. Sucked into bad investments, stalked by freeloaders, saddled with medical problems, and naturally prone to showing off, many pro athletes get shocked by harsh economic realities after years of living the high life. Drawing surprisingly vulnerable confessions from retired stars like Keith McCants, Bernie Kosar and Andre Rison, as well as Marvin Miller, the former executive director of the MLB Players Association, this fascinating documentary digs into the psychology of men whose competitive nature can carry them to victory on the field and ruin off it. Director Billy Corben (The U, Cocaine Cowboys, Limelight) paints a complex picture of the many forces that drain athletes' bank accounts, placing some of the blame on the culture at large ... Written by ESPN Films

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In the End, All These Irresponsible Former Superstars Have Left Are Their Stories
15 October 2012 | by (Bradenton, FL) – See all my reviews

ESPN's 30 for 30 tackles the issue of star players who burnt through their fortunes without considering retirement. Basically little more than dozens of talking heads with a fancy background, interspersed with cutaways to Cribs-style tours of their spoils during better times, it doesn't paint a particularly sympathetic portrait of anyone involved. The producers make a concerted effort to address some causes behind this widespread symptom of sudden fame, and raise a few issues that hadn't previously occurred to me, but ultimately it's agreed by all that the bulk of the blame for these identical downfalls lies on the athletes' shoulders. Many of the subjects' eyes light up so brightly upon recounting their tales of excess, which is really all they're left with, that it's quite obvious they'd gladly do it all over again. It's an important topic, and would be worthwhile viewing for any rookie about to cash his first paycheck, but for the rest of us it's a tad long-winded and indulgent.

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