Table Talk: Athletes' Retirement

Jan 03, 2020 by Print
Table Talk: Athletes' Retirement

Ex-players discuss life after their playing careers

Table Talk: Athletes' Retirement, the latest documentary produced by Euroleague Basketball, takes a serious look at what happens in the lives of Europe's best basketball players when their playing days come to an end. Listen in as retired players Bostjan Nachbar, Ademola Okulaja, Frederic Weis and Mar Rovira sit down for a candid discussion about retirement and life after basketball. Their discussion is added to by former Turkish Airlines EuroLeague champions Nikola Vujcic and Nikos Zisis, who is now playing in the 7DAYS EuroCup with Joventut Badalona and offers the perspective of a player on the cusp of retirement.

The 30-minute program centers around the four protagonists discussing their experiences outside of basketball during and after their playing careers, including the often difficult transition from EuroLeague player to retiree.

Rovira, once the star of FC Barcelona's women's team and now a sports psychologist, helps to conduct an open conversation on retirement. She is joined at the table by Nachbar, the EuroLeague Players Association managing director; Okulaja, the CEO of the Pro4Pros management and consulting agency; and Weis, a sports TV commentator on RMC France.

The conversations touch on when is it time to retire, how to prepare for it, how it affects personal relationships, financial ramifications and much more. Fani Skoufi, the wife of Nikos Zisis, is also featured speaking about the family considerations surrounding retirement.

The film is the second Table Talk documentary produced by Euroleague Basketball. The original feature, Table Talk: Women in Sports, was released to commemorate International Women's Day on March 8 of last year. These films add to Euroleague Basketball's commitment to premium, long-form content by taking the discussion beyond the court to encompass all aspects of the sport and its protagonists.