SBJ/Feb. 10-16, 2014/People and Pop Culture
Plugged In: Arnie Fielkow, NBRPA
Published February 10, 2014, Page 3
There are success stories, but equally true is that there are a lot of depressing stories. We see both sides. Our organization exists to do as much as we can to help those in need of a better place in life.”
The programs: One mission is to help transition the former player to a successful life after sports. We have programs in multiple areas, including financial, career transitions, education, health care, and in almost any area that would involve a former athlete. We have a dozen programs across that platform that are free and are part of the membership. We provide a number of monetary opportunities to our players to continue their brand in the marketplace. Our newest mission is a community mission.
The growth targets: We just added the WNBA. We are having discussions with the NBPA about active players coming into our organization. The thought is that it would be a seamless transition: They would be a member in both organizations, and there would be no gap in time when they stop playing.
On the NBPA executive director search: We are hoping that the new person coming in is supportive of the NBRPA and is someone who wants to work hand-in-hand in creating programs for former players.
On Dennis Rodman and North Korea: There is a time and place for the utilization of sports to bring people together. I personally don’t feel that the North Korea trip was that situation. You have a dictator who is violating basic human rights, and to go over there for his birthday is not something we feel is appropriate.