Analysis Of ' Broke ' By Billy Corben Essay example

1237 Words Nov 16th, 2015 5 Pages
Billy Corben states various reasons using first and second hand evidence in his documentary “Broke” to support his overall claim that there are many different factors that play in the role of how professional athletes are caused t o make money-draining decisions that lead them to losing all their money. Overall, Billy Corben effectively persuades his claim to the audience about how athletes lose all their money. He supports his claims with the majority use of quantities evidence, personal experience, and anecdotes. Corben starts out his argument with the broad claim that it is easy for professional athletes to lose all of their money. Billy Corben supports his claims with many pieces of quantitative evidence. Corben explains that by the time professional athletes have been retired for 2 years, 78% of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress. Corben also states a fact from a Sports Illustrated magazine that 60% of former NBA players are broke within 5 years of retirement. These two points are sufficient supporting evidence that help him persuade his claim. The use of the expert opinion and quantitative evidence from the Sports Illustrated magazine help his argument even more. The choice of using quantitative evidence made his argument strong because this avoids him being possibly accused of hasty generalization if he were to use anecdotes or personal experiences. These statistics help prove how easy it is for athletes to go broke because of how…

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