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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Every young athlete should watch this...at least twice!
13 April 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I have known for a long time that about 1/3 of all lottery winners eventually will declare bankruptcy. In some cases, folks who have received $100,000,000 or more STILL have managed to lose all their money!! Little did I know that for professional athletes, the statistics are FAR worse! According to a 'Sports Illustrated' article, MOST basketball and football players are bankrupt or nearly bankrupt within just a few years of retirement. To illustrate this, "Broke" interviews tons of athletes--those who made wise investments and those who were foolish and lost it all. All in all, a very compelling show and one I wish all young athletes who dream of going pro would be forced to watch--at least a couple times, as young folks too often feel invulnerable and the message might not sink in the first time!! Well made and VERY compelling stuff.


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