More Than Just Athletes: 10 Business-Minded Players

May 18, 2011  |  

By Gresham Harkless

Athletes make more money than a lot of people would ever dream of in their lifetimes. Even with these large contracts, however, there is no guarantee that after their playing careers have ended, these men and women will hold on to their wealth.  But rather than leave their futures to chance, some athletes balance what they do on the court or field with business endeavors.  The Atlanta Post takes a look at ten African-American athletes from the present and past that easily transition from their jumpsuits to business suits.

Carmelo Anthony

While Melo’s childhood dream of playing for the New York Knicks may have had nothing to do with money, the opportunity is likely to prove lucrative.  His move from Denver to New York is going to open up countless endorsement opportunities. One of the first came in the form of a 128-foot Boost Mobile billboard mounted two blocks from Madison Square Garden.  One day after Anthony was traded, VH-1 announced that they would air a reality show featuring Anthony and his wife La La Vasquez.  Melo is also signed to Michael Jordan’s Jumpman brand.

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