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December 2021 Editorial: Sports Betting and Athletes

Betting or gambling is one of the oldest social activities of civilization. Gambling preceded history and record-keeping. The betting industry has been growing for decades. It was assisted by the digital revolution which rendered betting as easy as writing a text message and it was further boosted by the legislative changes in the US three years ago. Several market researchers believe that the market will experience meteoric rise over the next few years, with the size of the industry rising well over $100bn.


November 2021 Editorial: Athletes and Real Estate Investments

Athletes are encouraged to plan for their future early on. The short duration of sport careers in combination with the high earnings, deems early and efficient financial planning a necessity for athletes. A huge part of that is saving and then investing those savings in places that would hopefully guarantee athletes a healthy cash flow in their lives post-retirement.


October 2021 Editorial: Athletes planning for the future in the post-Covid era

The novel coronavirus – Covid-19 – broke into our lives almost two years ago and altered every aspect of our reality. Offices moved online, sporting events lost their magic and human interaction changed fundamentally. We can only hope that we are briskly taking back control of our lives with the increasing rate of vaccination and the gradual washing away of the virus itself.


September 2021 Editorial: Off the Pitch: Athletes and Investments

Investing is one of the key ways that athletes can achieve the financial goals they have set in their financial and life plan.  Through investing athletes can make their money work for them and take charge of their financial security by growing their wealth and by generating additional income streams to support their desired lifestyle.


July 2021 Editorial: The Mental and Emotional Health of Athletes

The challenges in the lives of athletes are many; their wellbeing is impacted by their situation both on and off the field, while injuries, mental and physical pressures are a natural by-product of competing at a high level. The psychological stressors experienced by athletes put a lot of strain in their mental state and they can have devastating results.


June 2021 Editorial: The Silent Rise of Esports

Electronic Sports, commonly known as Esports, have been gaining a lot of ground during the past decade.  Esports has been experiencing huge popularity during the past few years because, among other things, it is considered a far more inclusive sport than other sports where there is no gender, age, race or any other discrimination:  Everyone has the potential and can train to be a professional gamer.


January 2021 Editorial: Common Financial Challenges of Pro-Athletes

Happy New Year to all!  The past year has been a hell of a year for all of us.  The coronavirus pandemic has swept the whole world, sport and athletes included, with a devastating ripple effect.  Our wish for this year is to keep safe and healthy, manage to recover from the COVID effects and move on to a growth path again!


November 2020 Editorial: The Commercialization of the Student Athlete Image and the NCAA Amateurism Criterion

Since its establishment under President Theodore Roosevelt, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has been the administrative and coordinating body of college sports. Virtually unknown to the rest of the world, the NCAA, its policies and intransigence have been a focal source of controversy regarding the image rights of student athletes in the US largely because the NCAA has been at the epicentre of every reaction against the professionalization of college sports.