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09:50 AM ET 02.14 | The NFL hasn't been a fan of fictional shows about professional football before as we saw with the ESPN show Playmakers, but a network that has begun building a relationship with the league through the Hard Knocks series is looking to give it another try. According to reports, HBO has picked up the series Ballers, which has been produced by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Mark Wahlberg. Entourage producer Stephen Levinson was also in on the project, which shot a pilot earlier this year. The show is described as a "half-hour dramedy about the lives of a group of former and current football players living in Miami." Maybe with some luck, former NFL wide receiver Chad Ochocinco will be able to attend a casting call and finally make his return to a football field.

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February 14, 2014  10:54 AM ET

Go Ocho! !!

February 14, 2014  11:31 AM ET

He couldn't figure out the Pats playbook, I doubt Ocho will be able to read a script.

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February 14, 2014  11:47 AM ET

a "half-hour dramedy about the lives of a group of former and current football players living in Miami."

Hookers, weed, blow, mansions, cigarette boats, pimped-up rides, Mr. T jewelry, etc.

February 14, 2014  12:00 PM ET
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HBO has the greatest programming don't they

Back in the day, "1st and 10" with a then-hottie Delta Burke was OK.

February 14, 2014  12:26 PM ET

Yep, they got the idea for a show about a fictional NFL team after watching the Jets on Hard Knocks.

February 14, 2014  12:42 PM ET
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Back in the day, "1st and 10" with a then-hottie Delta Burke was OK.

Not the Super-Sized version of Delta correct?

February 14, 2014  12:55 PM ET

At the time The Playmakers came out it was already ahead of its time. And NFL players had the nerve to say that stuff that took place on the show really did not happen oh really let's see: Spousal abuse, baby momma drama, drug abuse, murder, gay player coming out, lavish spending, yeah they had everything on point.

February 14, 2014  01:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Not the Super-Sized version of Delta correct?

Very correct. It was long before she emulated the Wilson sisters from Heart.

February 14, 2014  02:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Not the Super-Sized version of Delta correct?

The airline was going to name a widebody jet after her.

February 14, 2014  02:36 PM ET
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He couldn't figure out the Pats playbook, I doubt Ocho will be able to read a script.

You get retakes on TV dramas.

And, after the show flops, they will then have a hit replacement in "Ocho's Outtakes."

February 14, 2014  03:52 PM ET

As long as they don't mention PED's, domestic abuse, the possibility of a gay player, marital infidelity, casual drug use, or any of the other "fictional" NFL situations that got "Playmakers" black-balled by the league offices because they might cast football in a negative light, they should be OK

February 14, 2014  03:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

At the time The Playmakers came out it was already ahead of its time. And NFL players had the nerve to say that stuff that took place on the show really did not happen oh really let's see: Spousal abuse, baby momma drama, drug abuse, murder, gay player coming out, lavish spending, yeah they had everything on point.

Yeah. What he said.

February 14, 2014  04:00 PM ET
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Very correct. It was long before she emulated the Wilson sisters from Heart.

Sister. Singular. Nancy remained the same size.

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February 14, 2014  07:13 PM ET
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Sister. Singular. Nancy remained the same size.

She didn't balloon to 3 bills, but she did add a flank or two to her torso.

February 14, 2014  10:59 PM ET

That's not worth the price of HBO.

February 15, 2014  08:30 AM ET
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As long as they don't mention PED's, domestic abuse, the possibility of a gay player, marital infidelity, casual drug use, or any of the other "fictional" NFL situations that got "Playmakers" black-balled by the league offices because they might cast football in a negative light, they should be OK

I think First and Ten covered all those in the first episode. I actually have the whole series on DVD.

February 15, 2014  10:57 AM ET

Who will play Roger Goodell , Conan O'Bryan ?

 
February 15, 2014  11:06 AM ET
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As long as they don't mention PED's, domestic abuse, the possibility of a gay player, marital infidelity, casual drug use, or any of the other "fictional" NFL situations that got "Playmakers" black-balled by the league offices because they might cast football in a negative light, they should be OK

You left out murderers . Since you mention black balled, O.J. Simpson thought you were talking about his sex life and has consented to allow HBO to film him in prison.

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