Documentary by Billy Corben Examines Financial Challenges Facing Pro Athletes
ESPN Films announces the return of the Emmy-nominated and Peabody award-winning film series with Broke, a 30 for 30 documentary from The U director Billy Corben. Broke, a 2012 Tribeca Film Festival selection, will premiere on ESPN/ESPN HD on Tuesday, October 2, at 8 p.m. ET. The film will be accompanied by an essay on Grantland.com and a podcast by Bill Simmons. The trailer for Broke can be viewed at the newly redesigned 30 for 30 site (http://espn.go.com/30for30/).
Broke explores the roads to fortune in American sports and eventually, the many detours to bankruptcy. Curt Schilling, Bernie Kosar, Andre Rison and Cliff Floyd are among the athletes who talk openly about the challenges of managing their money. In an era when big contracts don’t necessarily support bigger lifestyles, athletes are often sucked into bad investments, stalked by freeloaders and saddled with medical problems. Eventually, many pro athletes get shocked by harsh economic realities after years of living the high life. A story of the dark side of success, Broke is an allegory for the financial woes haunting economies and individuals all over the world.
“There are often catchy headlines and sensationalized stories about professional athletes and their roads to financial ruin that give sports fans only one point of view of a much larger issue,” said Connor Schell, vice president of ESPN Films. “With Broke, Billy is expanding the understanding of this problem with a detailed exploration of the financial challenges that some athletes face, hopefully bringing greater insight to the issue for both fans and aspiring athletes.”
The upcoming slate of 30 for 30 documentaries will air as follows:
- Tuesday, Oct. 2, 8 p.m. – Broke (Billy Corben)
- Tuesday, Oct. 9, 8 p.m. – 9.79* (Daniel Gordon)
- Tuesday, Oct. 16, 8 pm. – There’s No Place Like Home (Maura Mandt and Josh Swade)
- Tuesday, Oct. 23, 8 p.m. – Benji (Coodie and Chike)
- Tuesday, Oct. 30, 8 p.m. – Ghosts of Ole Miss (Fritz Mitchell)
- Saturday, Dec. 8, 9 p.m. – You Don’t Know Bo (Michael Bonfiglio)
Each 30 for 30 film will be available on iTunes and Amazon.com the day after its television premiere. 30 for 30 Film Favorites Collection, a new gift set including the most popular titles from ESPN Films, will be available on DVD on September 25, 2012.
About ESPN Films
Created in March 2008, ESPN Films produces high-quality films showcasing compelling sports stories. In October 2009, ESPN Films launched the Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated 30 for 30 film series. Inspired by ESPN’s 30th Anniversary, the films that made up the series were a thoughtful and innovative reflection on the past three decades told through the lens of diverse and interesting sports fans and social commentators. Additional projects from ESPN Films include, among others, the critically acclaimed and Television Academy Honor-winning 16th Man, Cannes Film Festival official selection The Two Escobars, and the Peabody Award-winning Black Magic. More recent projects include Catching Hell, from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, and The Announcement, from filmmaker Nelson George.
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