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Serena and Venus Williams: Athletes, entrepreneurs, role models

Serena and Venus Williams are two of the best athletes to ever grace the tennis court. They are nonetheless athletes, entrepreneurs, investors, and philanthropists. They are everything that young athletes – both male and female – should look up to and a near-perfect example of the overall strategy that athletes should try to emulate. What makes their case exceptional, is that they rose to prominence at a time where it was commonplace to consider female sports as subpar to male competition; they can be credited to an extent for changing that perception as well. The fact that they are sisters is just the cherry on the top.

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Athletes, Blockchain Technology and Crypto-assets

With numerous sports teams now accepting Bitcoin as a form of payment as well as professional athletes accepting it as part of their salary or sponsorship; crypto investment interest has increased significantly among the sports industry. The first team to accept Bitcoin were the Sacramento Kings, whilst the Dallas Mavericks accept Bitcoin as game tickets payment. Furthermore, crypto firms are steadily becoming major sponsors in the sports field with examples such as BitPay being an ESPN sponsor in 2014, and Cashbet being Arsenal Soccer Club’s official partner. Some of the most high-profile athletes are openly joining cryptocurrency sponsorships such as Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. Russel Okung, of the Carolina Panthers, is paid half of his salary in Bitcoin, whilst Kansas City Chief’s Sean Culkin chose to convert his entire salary to Bitcoin.

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Annual Rewind: The Money Smart Athlete of 2021

Greetings to all of our readers and happy holidays to everyone celebrating. This is a special one, as it is our final piece of a bizarre and tumultuous year. These last twelve months have been tough for millions of people around the globe who suffered from the pandemic and lost loved ones. We can only hope that 2022 will be better for everyone.

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The betting industry: A cost-benefit analysis

Over the past decades, we’ve seen old ideas being replaced by new visions and conventional taboos becoming part of our everyday lives. One such taboo, that’s currently prevalent across our lives is sports betting. Back in the day, sports betting was viewed as a shady act usually performed by people viewed as outcasts of society, regardless of whether people of all income levels actually engaged in it. In today’s society, with some natural exceptions, sports betting is totally acceptable and is certainly something that nobody should be ashamed of.

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Athletes turned real estate professionals

In earlier articles, we discussed professional athletes’ unique traits and characteristics, and how those can be used to develop athletes into successful businesspeople and entrepreneurs. While such characteristics align with what you would expect from a financially successful individual, it’s clear that not all athletes succeed in their business dealings, while others take off by exploiting their traits and how they align with the competitive and fast-paced nature of certain industries. Specifically, in this article, we will explore how professional athletes’ characteristics align with the world of real estate and further discover those individuals who succeeded in the field of real estate after their professional careers.

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Athletes gifting property to family: Know the legal traps

 Gifts between members of the same family are quite common. In its simplest form, gifting, is the transfer of wealth and/or assets from one individual to another. Athlete examples include Kevin Durant, Tiger Woods and Anthony Walker. It is alleged that Dwayne Wade bought his mum a church; yes, an actual church.

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Athletes: How to get acquainted and benefit from the Real Estate market

Former US president (1933-1945) Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) said ‘real estate cannot be lost or stolen, nor can it be carried away. Purchased with common sense, paid for in full, and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world’. This statement is frequently recast and repackaged by people familiar with real estate. This article gives a brief overview of the real estate world in order to point out how it might be beneficial to athletes and how this line of investment might be ideal for them in terms of securing their long-term financial well-being.

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Are real estate investments a good idea for athletes?

The process of setting up a financial plan, requires athletes to decide, ideally with the help of a trusted financial advisor, how their hard-earned money can be invested to generate even more money. While saving money can protect athletes’ wealth and should be the first priority in any financial plan, investing allows them to beat inflation and exponentially grow their money.

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Athletes – The time to plan your future is now

A famous Chinese proverb reads “the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago; the second-best time is now”. Time is you ally in achieving any goal, so the earlier you start planning, the better. This is especially true for athletes, who, as previously discussed, have short term sports careers and must have a post-retirement plan in place in order to transition as smoothly as possible into their new lives.

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How Athletes Can Build Multiple Revenue Channels

Over the past two years, we have all been tasked with navigating unchartered territories, due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. A catastrophe of unparalleled proportion, which nevertheless, left us with a lot of lessons that should be considered, as we try to shift towards the post-Covid era. As stated in previous articles, professional athletes have been amongst the hardest hit by this pandemic, not necessarily in monetary terms, but in terms of seeing their status quo being challenged. Athletes have to rethink the way they approach their financial well-being and have to recalibrate their strategy towards financial freedom. In this article, we seek to explore how athletes should plan ahead, learning from the lessons of the Covid-19 era, to emerge financially stronger and more independent. Specifically, we will focus on why the pandemic has made the case for the need of multiple revenue streams, and how such streams can be pursued by professional athletes.

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What can athletes learn from the pandemic

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound negative impact on all the stakeholders of the sports industry, as the response of the majority of national and international decision-makers to the outbreak was the shutting down of sport competitions at all levels, including the Olympics. Professional and amateur athletes, sports organizations and sports-related companies and their employees, all had to face their own share of financial distress.

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The financial cost of covid-19 on European Football

Sports was and is one of the hardest-hit industries by the pandemic, due to the fact that it relies on live action and interaction, momentum and the gathering of large crowds in stadia and other venues. The outbreak of the virus was like Armageddon for sports which saw most of its revenue streams temporarily blocked and stadia closed indefinitely, while clubs still had to pay the enormous salaries to their athletes. For athletes of individual sports, the situation was even grimmer. The Tokyo Olympics and the Euro championship were not spared either.

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Athletes and bad investments

"Financial literacy" has become a very a popular term these days. It basically refers to having the right set of skills and knowledge that allows an individual to make informed and effective decisions with all of their personal financial resources. Specifically, it is about spending within your means, investing wisely and saving for emergencies. Although these “rules” sound simple, many people find it hard to adhere to them, especially athletes.

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The Best Athlete Investors

Despite being well paid, many professional athletes are looking for alternative sources of income to grow their wealth. To this end, they often use their sports earnings to invest in various ventures and projects. Most investments are usually made after retirement; however, we have a number of cases where athletes begin investing way before they retire.  The rationale behind athletes’ investments is the creation of alternative sources of revenue which can potentially lead to the creation and accumulation of wealth. 

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Athletes and Investments: Keep an eye out for market trends

The significance of creating a financial plan that can eventually guide athletes to financial freedom, has been reiterated in a number of articles, here on the Money Smart Athlete Blog. Being able to choose wisely when, where and how to invest money, in order for them to grow, is a very critical component of a financial plan which can help athletes meet both their short and long-term goals they set.

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Mental health issues have been silently crippling athletes for decades

Athletes often put their bodies through rigorous training and expose themselves to many physical risks; at the same time though, they seem to neglect their mental health and stability.  Mental illness is often overlooked by coaches, teachers, and parents of athletes as well. It is difficult for people to understand that the brain is just as important as the body when it comes to being a healthy athlete. This article will explore how mental health issues in athletes are just as important as physical injuries.

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Professional Sports: Mental health should be taken as seriously as physical health

The ancients used to say ‘a healthy mind in a healthy body’ and I think many people can get behind that. The relationship between mental health and physical health intuitively seems obvious. For starters, during and immediately after exercise, the human brain releases endorphins, chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine that literally make us feel good. So, it would make sense that regular good exercise can help stay away from mood disorders and maintain a healthy mental state. But what about athletes?

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Factors contributing to the deterioration of athletes’ mental health

On the MSA blog last week we discussed the recent events involving Naomi Osaka, her mental health and her decision to withdraw from the French Open. Mental health has long been overlooked in sports and in certain cases even repressed. Mental health issues and illnesses do not fit in the yes-can-do, celebratory and electrifying environment that characterizes sports. However, athletes are constantly under the spotlight, working hard week in and week out on the pitch, while trying to keep in touch with their fans and show their philanthropic face outside of it.

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How Naomi Osaka brought mental health to the forefront

Winner of 28 Olympic medals, swimmer Michael Phelps is one of a number of star athletes who has publicly discussed in recent years his struggle with depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. NBA star basketball player DeMar DeRozan has also talked about the importance of addressing mental health issues, as all athletes are first of all humans. Gymnast Aly Raisman has described her efforts to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder after being the victim of sexual abuse.