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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 »


Billy Corben

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


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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Turns out pro atheletes are just as likely to lose their shirts as lotto winners
26 January 2019 | by IClaudius7See all my reviews

Unlike many of the reviewers opinions here, they did not see the human element of what was going on. The Pro athletes we love are just as vulnerable as the rest of us, and maybe more so because their time to make money is SO FLEETING.

In one way, you feel that they should have taken better care not to get fleeced. Unfortunately, many of them have target signs painted on their backs by society. Screw me because I am in the sports industry and making scads of money. On the other hand, everyone, including relatives are PARASITES looking to suck the blood of the rewards of their talents dry.

THIS was clearly an eye-opener. They people they trusted the most were to ones to take advantage of them and steal their money. By analogy, many laws have been enacted to protect children by requiring parents and guardians to put monies into trust accounts from damages won in court proceedings due to the minors injured in accident cases. Many child actors were fleeced by their own parents in the early Hollywood days. As a result, many jurisdictions passed laws to protect the kids until they were of age to hire attorneys to protect their interests.

Many athletes are simply not prepared to deal with the sudden onset of money. They don't have a clue to know how to deal with the fame and parasites coming out of the woodwork after them. Because of this documentary, many now are attending classes to help them transition to responsible money handling. The issue will always be, who can you trust ? They are like the lotto winner who without proper education stands to lose all that money. See this and ask yourself honestly, would you do any better than some who lost it all due to lack of preparedness ???

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