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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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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A heavy dose of Adderall might have helped this documentary come closer to its potential.
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This production got better as it went along, but it's really ADHD in flow. I was expecting something along the lines of a PBS Frontline- type story, but instead got a shallow, disconnected production, which aggravatingly and jarringly was composed of short clips of maybe 30 seconds each strung together in a semi-coherent way.

I was really looking for a much better developed documentary with much more data, better historical information, and possible solutions, in addition to the expected heartbreaking, cautionary, and just plain prurient stories.

Briefly you learn that most professional athletes are not too bright or forward-thinking, that many earn absurd sums of money, and that they don't handle that money very well. Is this something you really don't already know?

While I personally enjoy engaging in athletic activity, I am no fan of professional athletes, so the most refreshing part of this production were the athletes who came across as intelligent, learned from their mistakes and those of their colleagues, and actually had their acts together, and not just the idiots. Still this production could have been so much more if it had been a truly serious investigation.


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