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 run out of funds within five years of retirement – aptly titled Broke.
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.
With the film, Tribeca alum Billy Corben (Cocaine Cowboys) looks to paint a complex picture of the many forces that drain athletes’ bank accounts, placing some of the blame on the culture at large while still holding these giants accountable for their own hubris. Broke is described as “an allegory for the financial woes haunting economies and individuals all over the world.”
Wasn’t able to find a trailer for the project as yet, and apparently the Tribeca screening will be a work-in-progress presentation. But it certainly sounds interesting, and we’ll continue to post more info as it becomes available.
Broke has its Tribeca Film Festival premiere on Wednesday, April 25. For more information, visit the festival website.