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About the Author

Marc Isenberg is a nationally known writer and author on the business of sports. He earned his undergraduate degree from Emory University in Atlanta, where he played on the men's basketball team, and his MBA from The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine. Marc is the co-author of The Student-Athlete Survival Guide (McGraw Hill 2001) and The Truth about Gambling (A-Game 2003). He has been a guest on ESPN's Outside the Lines, and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal, The NCAA News and Chicago Sun-Times. He works as a business and financial adviser in Santa Monica, Calif., where he lives with his wife, Debbie Spander.
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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: A-Game Press; 1st edition (November 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966676416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966676419
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #684,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By F. Hollister on March 6, 2008
"Money Players" is precisely what the sub-title says it is: "A guide to success in sports, business & life for current and future pro athletes." This is a detailed guide for athletes - should you stay in college or go pro, should you cheat and get an agent early (NO!), "The Business of Your Life," taxes and insurance and estates, saving your money, and much more. Any high school or college student would benefit from reading this book, because much of the advice here applies to everyone in life. And many high school kids would probably read it because of the sports angle.

Why is a book such as this one absolutely necessary? Let's look at the lives of two professional basketball players. In early January 2008, former NBA player "J.R." Isaiah Rider was arrested on a no-bail warrant. Following a dispute between Mr. Rider and his cab driver, the police discovered he had two warrants out for his arrest. His troubles with the law go back years, and he is hardly the first pro athlete to have his name in the paper for breaking the law. But it is always sad to see someone just throw their life away (SF Chronicle January 7, 2008).

Baron David, on the other hand, came to camp for the Golden State Warriors with a new attitude. Davis was upset about his contract and could have come to camp with a very bad attitude. But he had several conversations with the great Jerry "Logo" West, who basically told him how fortunate he was to be a professional basketball player and that Mr. Davis should "Be positive. Just go up there, shut up and play." Mr. Davis is now enjoying the best season in a stellar career. (SF Chronicle January 17, 2008.]

March Isenberg stresses honesty and integrity in this book. And he walks the talk.
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I had high expectations for this book. The "Praise for ..." and "Reviews of ..." by many high profile people were glowingly positive. In reality, this is a grade school level overview. There is very little actionable, i.e., there isn't enough detail for a potential pro athlete to actually make good decisions based on this book. To be fair, as an overview of the draft and other aspects of a pro athletic career it is okay. Just know that you are buying an "Introductory" book not a "hands-on, nuts & bolts implement the recommendations" book.

As a licensed wealth manager I was particularly interested in the section entitled Money Matters comprising 4 chapters. The author bio states that the author has an MBA and is a financial consultant. With that sort of training I expected much, much more from this book. Again, the section on money was extremely simplistic and lacked actionability. In some cases, I feel the advice is just plain wrong. Certainly different money managers have different opinions. There were too many sweeping generalizations in this section that have some semblance of truth but are factually wrong and would never be practical to implement.

One of the biggest omissions, in my opinion, of the Money Matters section is the lack of advice to seek competent, professional help. Everyone should have a basic understanding of "money matters". In this regard, the book is helpful. Almost everyone, and especially current and future pro athletes, should seek competent, financial advisors that are experts in their respective fields. The author does not stress this. In fact, the author seems to be encouraging the reader to go it alone now that they have read his book. Anyone that relies solely on this book to make financial decisions is setting themselves up for failure.
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I purchased Money Players after reading the great review listed on Access Athletes.com. As a sports professional who has worked with various athlete management companies, I found this book to be extremely insightful. Marc Isenberg includes a vast amount of knowledge that any professional level athlete, or sports agent, should be aware of before engaging in contract litigation. This book is a tremendous resource for all athletes seeking an agent, and will significantly help guide them along the way, so that the athlete will maximize their potential, and not waste time with less than stellar sports agents.
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