The Winning Playbook

Strategies for Life On and Off The Field

Non-Fiction - Business/Finance
142 Pages
Reviewed on 01/20/2023
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Reviewed by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

The Winning Playbook: Strategies for Life On and Off the Field by Rob Welsh and Jonathan R. Scott covers business and finance, targeting athletes, entrepreneurs, and anyone planning their financial stability. Welsh, a finance empowerment expert, and Scott, a former NFL offensive tackle, alternately provide financial advice from their respective points of view. Toward the end is a chapter on life lessons, where they interview high-profile professional athletes who share their biggest mistakes and successes, what they would do differently, and their advice to current athletes.

Rob Welsh and Jonathan R. Scott’s The Winning Playbook is a well-written and tailored personal finance resource. Lamenting that many professional athletes on million-dollar-a-year contracts end up working in the off-season to survive, Welsh and Scott designed this book to provide information on how to make their money work for them. It is easy to understand, well-structured, and has a casual tone, which makes it reader-friendly. Because the authors are writing from their own experiences, it is credible and authentic, with practical and sound financial tips that can also be useful to non-athletes. The Winning Playbook is a must-read for anyone wanting a financially rewarding life.

Asher Syed

The Winning Playbook: Strategies for Life on and off the Field by Rob Welsh and Jonathan R. Scott is a finance self-help book for professional athletes who are high earners. Harnessing the power of their combined experience as financial experts and, in Scott's case, a member of a dual generation NFL playing family, Welsh and Scott formulate a comprehensive guide for athletes who tend to know little about the financial implications that come with their contract that will inevitably lead them down a path where they run out of money. Broken down into eleven distinct and interconnected chapters, the book covers a wide range of topics that include the mindset of an investor, the hiring of an agent and everything to look out for, and what it takes to become an 'athletepreneur'. The book is chock-full of player profiles and case studies, charts, and graphs to simplify understanding, and resources that further enhance the solid grounding Welsh and Scott have given their readers.

While I never played cricket professionally, as someone who played at the university level I have known my fair share of players who have. In the States cricket is foreign, but in the rest of the world it is watched by billions and those at its highest tier earn accordingly. Like many professional athletes, the drop from financial hero to zero is rapid and, frankly, quite shocking. How does a pro boxer who earned over $300m file for bankruptcy? Rob Welsh and Jonathan R. Scott lay it all out in The Winning Playbook and provide a master plan for avoiding it. Interestingly, Welsh and Scott have created a brilliant Income Extension Program, which parcels out athlete income so they are safe in the off-season. You normally only get paid when you play, and this program is set up so that you draw pay all year round. Another telling quote is a line from an interview with NBA player Lance Allred, who when asked what his biggest financial mistake was, answered that it was giving away capital to friends and family instead of supporting them from the interest earned by that capital. The book is a winner in both name and substance and is highly recommended.

Adanna Ora

Rob Welsh and Jonathan R. Scott recognize the problem experienced by many young footballers who get carried away by their large paychecks at the height of their careers and end up being penniless in the long run, especially during retirement. In writing The Winning Playbook: Strategies for Life on and off the Field, financial experts Welsh and Scott, the latter being a retired football player, combine their vast financial expertise to ensure the sustainability and financial empowerment of today's young athletes. Professional athletes and society as a whole can learn how to achieve financial security and peace of mind from this book. The work also examines the financial realities facing footballers, enabling readers to see what lies beneath the gloss of the industry.

I enjoyed how innovative the authors were in telling their stories and guiding readers. Rob Welsh concentrates solely on the book's financial aspects, but Jonathan R. Scott leverages his real-world football expertise to clarify the related details. The Winning Playbook incorporates guiding ideas that are practical and simple to comprehend. I appreciated the way that the authors emphasized their advice with charts, biblical verses, and other forms of illustration. They provide a clear explanation of how to reduce taxable income. The book also covers financial principles, tips for saving money, and what to do if you're considering switching from school to football. I think that by studying other people's mistakes, you can avoid making your own. The book does just that by referencing the experiences of former players. Professional athletes who apply the principles in this book will find them to be of great value, as will any other reader.

Meenakshi Bhatt

Jonathan R. Scott is a former NFL player and his father was an athlete too. Thus, he brings two generations of wisdom to the book. Rob Welsh has coached several clients in wealth management and wealth empowerment. Together the two authors have a whole lot of practical advice on how athletes can make their money work for themselves in The Winning Playbook. They begin by offering a detailed explanation of how athletes’ paychecks get whittled down by the time money reaches their bank account. They repeatedly advise athletes to keep in mind that the playing season is limited and that saving for the future is essential. They go on to describe how to build an able support team that has the athletes’ best interests at heart. Financial and tax strategies are discussed in detail. Toward the end of the book, there are interviews with several prominent players who share their experiences. These experiences highlight how pertinent the guidance offered by the authors is.

The Winning Playbook by Rob Welsh and Jonathan R. Scott is primarily aimed at professional athletes. However, other readers can also derive benefits from the insights shared in the book. This is an empowering book. There are repeated reminders to athletes to have confidence in their ability to understand business and finance. It provides wise counsel against hubris and reckless expenditure and urges athletes to have long-term goals in mind. This book will be an excellent financial guide for professional athletes and for anyone who wants to learn to handle their money effectively.

Astrid Iustulin

We all need a solid financial education, and this is also true for professional athletes, who often do not know how to manage the money they have earned. To find advice for life (even after having finished your career), the book that every professional athlete should read is The Winning Playbook. Written by Rob Welsh and Jonathan R. Scott, this book is an indispensable guide for anyone seeking financial empowerment and who wants to become an athletepreneur, as the two authors call it. Here you will learn how to manage your money, have a business mindset, choose your agent, build your team, and much more so you can have a successful life both during and after your career.

The Winning Playbook is a no-nonsense guide that anyone who is a professional athlete will appreciate for the advice it offers, and that is not easy to find out there. Rob Welsh and Jonathan R. Scott present everything you need to know to have a successful life, and I hope their contributions can enlighten many athletes before it is too late. I liked that The Winning Playbook does not just give you great strategies on financial matters but also offers advice on how to build your team (I appreciated the importance given to networking) and choosing an agent because these are things that need a thorough explanation. I am sure that The Winning Playbook will be a valuable companion for any professional athlete and also anyone who wants to take charge of their life.