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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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Billy Corben
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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
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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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2 October 2012 (USA) See more »

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Herman Edwards: a goal without a plan is a wish.
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Good Content, Horrible Format
13 August 2015 | by noahcoburnSee all my reviews

This has to be one of the worst-made documentaries I've ever seen. The information is interesting, but the format of pretty much nothing but staged interviews doesn't really allow you to connect with any one storyline, and connect with the pain of any one player's fall to bankruptcy.

It ends up coming across like a neverending string of former athletes bragging about all the millions of dollars they wasted on stupid purchases.

Also, the non-stop cheesy background music makes this documentary extremely annoying to watch. This is the second time I've tried to watch it, and I'm not sure I'll even finish it this time.


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