30 for 30 (2009– )
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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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True Reality!
11 December 2012 | by duke12651See all my reviews

I have now seen this 30 for 30 on three different occasions. ESPN continues to walk that line with the athletes it, in a way, represents on and off the court. Again, they dive into a world that we know about, but have no idea about. This film finally shows us what happens when the famous ball players we now know get their contracts. They finally show us what happens when they hit the big money. And they finally show us what happens when they lose it all.

From a sports fan, I have been hearing about the ones that lost all of their money only a few shorts years after they earned it. I've heard about the Mike Tyson's and Curt Schillings, who've made poor investments and poor purchases. Billy Corbin does a fantastic job at sitting these athletes down, past and current, and asking them the questions we've all wanted answers to. The, "what did you spend it on?" The, "How could you have possibly blown it all?" And the, "What do you mean you had no idea or didn't see it coming?"

Through a unique set of sit down interviews, Corbin and ESPN manage to cut a glimpse of film in the eye of the once was athlete. This documentary manages to put us in their shoes and offer up some sympathy, but it also shows us first hand how bad this situation actually is. Even interviewees such as Herm Edwards, someone who speaks at the rookie symposium on economics they call it, knows it doesn't make a difference. This film manages to show us the root of the problem, not the end result of a tree we already know has died and gone bankrupt.

I really enjoyed watching this film and will most likely do so again. It is another unique perspective ESPN provides us with that we wouldn't have seen before. They answer many questions that we have all had. However, they have opened up many more questions we all now have. It isn't about, "how did this happen?" It is about, "how is this continuing to happen."

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