From ESPN Films comes a feature-length documentary that aims to provide insight into why 60 percent of NBA players, and 78 percent of NFL players go broke (hence the title) within five years of retirement.
It premiered on ESPN last night at 8pm.
I saw it at the Tribeca Film Festival in the spring, and thought it was a bit too thin on substance; however, I should note that the film I saw was a work-in-progress cut, and not the film that would eventually air on ESPN (part of its 30 For 30 initiative), and is now being released on iTunes, as a buy for $4.99.
So if you missed the ESPN broadcast, or you just don’t have cable, now you can watch it!
Aptly titled Broke, here’s its full synopsis:
Sucked into bad investments, stalked by freeloaders, saddled with medical problems, and naturally prone to showing off, most pro athletes get shocked by harsh economic realities after years of living the high life. Drawing surprisingly vulnerable confessions from retired stars like Jamal Mashburn, 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 carries them to victory on the field and ruin off it.
The film was directed by Tribeca alum Billy Corben (Cocaine Cowboys – a 2006 account of the blood-drenched Miami drug culture in the 1970’s and ’80s).
It aired on ESPN last night, and will air again on ESPN Classic this Saturday at 6:30pm EST, for those with the cable TV channel.
For everyone else, head over to iTunes (HERE) to buy and watch.
Watch the mew trailer below: