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New HBO series uses NFL team names, logos without NFL consent

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For the first time since Playmakers, a series based on the world of professional football will appear on TV. For the first time ever, a TV series will use the names of logos of NFL teams without the express written consent of the NFL.

PFT has gotten an advance look at Ballers, the new HBO series starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Debuting on June 21, the pilot episode of the weekly half-hour show begins with Johnson’s character laying in bed, having flashbacks to his career as a member of the Miami Dolphins, playing in a game against the Buffalo Bills. Both team uniforms are used, without alteration.

The first episode includes a scene from a conference room with a Packers logo on the wall. Later, one of the characters visits the fictional coach of the Miami Dolphins, who is wearing a hat with a Dolphins logo (the old logo, not the current one).  The second episode includes multiple scenes at a Dolphins offseason practice, with the players wearing helmets bearing the Dolphins logo (the current one, not the old one).

“HBO is always mindful of other intellectual property owners, but in this context there is no legal requirement to obtain their consent,” an HBO spokesperson said in a statement issued to PFT on Sunday afternoon. HBO confirmed that the NFL has no involvement in the series.

The NFL initially declined comment, and then reiterated its position after being informed of HBO’s official comment.

Playmakers was based on the fictional pro football team known as the Cougars. Even though Playmakers used no NFL team names or logos, ESPN dumped the show under direct pressure from the NFL, given concerns regarding the manner in which the show depicted professional football players. The first episode of Ballers focuses in part on an NFL player who has sex in the bathroom of a nightclub with a woman he had just met, and who then beats up a fan who confronts the player about keeping the bathroom occupied for an extended period of time.

Even if HBO is within its legal rights to use NFL team names and logo (past films like Any Given Sunday and The Replacements surely would have liked to use real team names and logos, and presumably didn’t due to legal concerns), HBO has a separate business relationship with the NFL, through the annual Hard Knocks series. So for the same reason the NFL squeezed ESPN more than a decade ago, the NFL could squeeze HBO now.

Since the NFL currently has no comment, it’s hard to know what the league will (or won’t) do about the situation. But the first two episodes of Ballers definitely have a Playmakers vibe to them, and it’ll be interesting to see how the show will be received by the NFL, the NFL Players Association, and individual NFL teams.

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  1. kcchefs58 says: Jun 7, 2015 9:54 PM

    Goodell haters are happy by this.

  2. deflatedfootballs says: Jun 7, 2015 9:54 PM

    Why make a big deal out of this ?

  3. countmahdrof says: Jun 7, 2015 9:58 PM

    “it’ll be interesting to see how the show will be received by the NFL, the NFL Players Association, and individual NFL teams.”

    Only to a lawyer, Florio.

  4. chris3141084 says: Jun 7, 2015 9:59 PM

    It’s parody. So they should be able to get away with it.

  5. aballinhighgrass says: Jun 7, 2015 10:00 PM

    My guess: Goodell suspends The Rock for 4 episodes for being generally aware that Goodell more likely than not would not like the show. My guess is Ted Wells will inspect all future scripts prior to filming and that the Patriots are the unlike able team in every episode.

  6. whatjusthapped says: Jun 7, 2015 10:00 PM

    Ben Roethlisberger might want to sue, it sounds a lot like a replay of his life.

  7. nicofthenorthstar says: Jun 7, 2015 10:04 PM

    Well, in the episode described the NFLer doesn’t beat up the woman he had sex with, so I’d say HBO is doing the league a favor.

  8. blackandbluedivision says: Jun 7, 2015 10:06 PM

    deflatedfootballs says:
    Jun 7, 2015 9:54 PM
    Why make a big deal out of this ?

    _____________________

    Because people will ask.

  9. carpi2 says: Jun 7, 2015 10:07 PM

    deflatedfootballs says: Jun 7, 2015 9:54 PM

    “Why make a big deal out of this ?”
    ———————————————————-

    The big deal is that the NFL is traditionally known for viciously protecting the use of its image and their trademarks. It wouldn’t be completely surprising to hear the NFL suing a fan for having a dream about their favorite team, without first getting the correct authorization to use their team’s likeness in said dream. So, a cable network using unauthorized, trademarked logos in its show could be seen as a big legal deal.

  10. kremis says: Jun 7, 2015 10:10 PM

    Rumor has it the second show is about two teammates getting busted smoking pot on the way to an exhibition football game. The third show is about some coach stepping on the field during a punt return. Now do you see a theme about a particular team being portrayed? A hint- they lost to Tebow in the playoffs

  11. themikegun says: Jun 7, 2015 10:11 PM

    HBO-gate. somehow the Patriots are to blame.

  12. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jun 7, 2015 10:13 PM

    Cease and desist then sue, but they don’t want the bad PR with that documentary HBO has already run about their handling of concussions.

  13. weepingjebus says: Jun 7, 2015 10:15 PM

    Goodell loses every time he goes to court anyway, now nobody fears the NFL.

  14. suncawy says: Jun 7, 2015 10:15 PM

    So, if HBO can infringe, more likely steal the NFL Trademarks without permission, then HBO shouldn’t get upset with the public when it watches HBO content for free online. Paying for HBOgo sucks.

  15. amaf21 says: Jun 7, 2015 10:16 PM

    #trash

  16. dtr3e says: Jun 7, 2015 10:17 PM

    I loved Playmakers! Can’t wait to see this one. Even if it last just one season…

  17. PriorKnowledge says: Jun 7, 2015 10:19 PM

    It seems to me that HBO is using the popularity of NFL football to generate interest in their series. I think the NFL has a case here.

  18. jcmeyer10 says: Jun 7, 2015 10:21 PM

    Not going past one season and it won’t be watched. NFL saying something is only helping this terrible show get viewers.

  19. belichamps says: Jun 7, 2015 10:22 PM

    Why make a big deal out of this ?
    ______________________

    Becau$e.

  20. whispersd says: Jun 7, 2015 10:23 PM

    Did South Park get permission to trash the Redskins last season? Or to imply, several seasons ago, that Cartman’s mother slept with all of the Denver Broncos? I’m guessing not.

    I have no doubt HBO ran this past their lawyers. As for “Hard Knocks,” I doubt HBO cares about it very much. HBO’s relationship to the league is obviously very different than ESPN’s.

  21. xswlftx says: Jun 7, 2015 10:27 PM

    Who cares? Can we please ban Tom Brady from the NFL now?

  22. rayslover727 says: Jun 7, 2015 10:30 PM

    Why would HBO threaten it’s relationship with a business partner like this?

  23. head1994 says: Jun 7, 2015 10:31 PM

    It’s the Dolphins who cares? #phinsup

  24. realfootballfan says: Jun 7, 2015 10:34 PM

    Something tells me “squeezing” HBO for a show like “Hard Knocks” that is hardly a major component of their lineup is a little bit different from squeezing ESPN who pitched in a billion to carry their games. I’m thinking HBO doesn’t really care and is going to run this regardless, and we might end up being the beneficiary if they do it as well as they’ve done some of their other series since I’ll take an HBO drama over an ESPN one everyday and twice on Sunday.

  25. granadafan says: Jun 7, 2015 10:39 PM

    Just cast the commissioner as a God-like figure and the NFL will back off. GODdell like to think of himself as a deity, so any message acknowledging this will be positively received.

  26. adoombray says: Jun 7, 2015 10:43 PM

    Nobody cares about Hard Knocks anyways.

  27. cgooch11 says: Jun 7, 2015 10:45 PM

    PFT has gotten has advance

    Jesus, does anyone read this before posting? Poor grammar and poor writing.

  28. boknowsvt says: Jun 7, 2015 10:47 PM

    I’d pay to see The Rock give The People’s Elbow to Goodell.

  29. drunkraider says: Jun 7, 2015 10:49 PM

    well if they end up using the American legal system it should go down like this.

    Who is worth more money HBO or NFL?

    Thats the winner.

  30. belichickluvsu says: Jun 7, 2015 10:54 PM

    So the first episode is based off of Big Ben. Cool!

  31. pleasestopthesnow says: Jun 7, 2015 11:01 PM

    Nice to see someone give the NFL a taste of their own medicine. All HBO has to say to the judge, the NFL doesnt follow the law, why should we?

    Case dismissed. I rule in favor of HBO

  32. Marshawn Lunch says: Jun 7, 2015 11:13 PM

    If HBO found the appropriate loophole, good for them.

  33. dremy7 says: Jun 7, 2015 11:17 PM

    If the NFL tries to mess with HBO then they will just send John Oliver after them. He took down the FCC, he can take down Goodell.

  34. 700levelvet says: Jun 7, 2015 11:17 PM

    Why the hell would anyone watch this anyway?

  35. jagsfanugh says: Jun 7, 2015 11:19 PM

    A Jags player is on this show. He played for Miami before being cut for Suh.

  36. bcdc26 says: Jun 7, 2015 11:22 PM

    The NFL should worry more about getting the real NFL employees to quit beating women before they worry about the fictional ones

  37. mackcarrington says: Jun 7, 2015 11:36 PM

    HBO is probably aware that the majority of NFL teams don’t like doing Hard Knocks anyway. So they may figure that if the NFL tries to squeeze them on this, they wouldn’t have a problem with canceling Hard Knocks. To HBO, it may have run its course anyway.

  38. cgsuddeath says: Jun 7, 2015 11:37 PM

    The NFL is a farce.This laughable mess began when Goodell tried to coverup all the NE Patriot improprietries by burning the tapes.Then tried to look tough on the NO Saints then became a laughingstock with all the handling of domestic violence cases and now the Patriots feeling invincible, cheated with deflategate.This makes you long for the days of Pete Rozelle and Paul Taglibue.

  39. mzew233 says: Jun 7, 2015 11:44 PM

    Worst decision HBO ever made was canceling Inside the NFL.

    But you tell em Mike, jut like the deflategate coverage, we need more of this..

  40. nrns77 says: Jun 7, 2015 11:50 PM

    There is no loophole that allows HBO to use copyrighted and trademarked material from the NFL. They are going to have the show shut down, or they will get a huge settlement, or they will own the show.

    If you are profiting from using someone else’s intellectual property, there is no loophole, and that includes parody.

    HBO is screwed on this one. What fools.

  41. lostsok says: Jun 7, 2015 11:50 PM

    Considering I’ll likely be downloading free copies via Pirate Bay, I’ll keep my hypocrisy in check and not use words like “stealing” when it comes to copyright infringement.

  42. hodaghunter says: Jun 8, 2015 12:01 AM

    Playmakers was a sensational show. NFL claimed it made them look bad. The only real issue about it was that they didn’t make them look worse. I want that show back

  43. madmike66 says: Jun 8, 2015 12:10 AM

    Huge difference between ESPN and HBO…ESPN gets ad revenue from NFL games and coverage. HBO is a subscription based service. Nobody orders HBO just for Hard Knocks…the NFL only has so much leverage. Yank Hard Knocks from HBO? Oh well. HBO probably makes out just from the publicity such a move gets them. They don’t really lose any revenue if the NFL walks.

  44. kelsey59 says: Jun 8, 2015 12:11 AM

    So, who is going to win HBO lawyers or NFL lawyers? I am betting on HBO lawyers.

  45. pondbridge says: Jun 8, 2015 12:27 AM

    Bad-dell will have Rock waterboarded in Quantanamo.

  46. Randy_Michigan says: Jun 8, 2015 12:28 AM

    I’m curious why HBO thinks they don’t need the NFL’s permission to use their teams and logos. Why did those movies that were mentioned think that they couldn’t use NFL teams? If only there was a lawyer or something at PFT who could answer such questions.

  47. sactogary says: Jun 8, 2015 12:29 AM

    Jun 7, 2015 11:01 PM – pleasestopthesnow says: Nice to see someone give the NFL a taste of their own medicine. All HBO has to say to the judge, the NFL doesnt follow the law, why should we?

    Case dismissed. I rule in favor of HBO

    If you paid more than fifty bucks for that mail-order law degree, you got ripped off.

  48. joerymi says: Jun 8, 2015 12:41 AM

    This instantly makes the show better. Watching the “Miami Sharks” or the “Sentinels” takes you right out of it.

  49. realfootballfan says: Jun 8, 2015 12:52 AM

    If it’s half as good as First and Ten, I’m in. Bring back TD Parker, lol.

  50. brohamma says: Jun 8, 2015 1:03 AM

    The Cougars!? A team comprised of hot forty to fifty something rich women. I might watch.

  51. facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Jun 8, 2015 1:03 AM

    Expect a tightly worded disclaimer about how “every person represented is fictional and any resemblance to persons alive or dead is coincidental”.

  52. whodey83 says: Jun 8, 2015 1:03 AM

    Goodell is a jabroni

  53. boltboner says: Jun 8, 2015 1:14 AM

    did you just use The Rock’s image without his consent? Oh, the irony..

  54. grimmlock42 says: Jun 8, 2015 1:15 AM

    Let it go Goodell. Let The Rock have his Al Bundy moment.

  55. 302EaglesFan says: Jun 8, 2015 1:25 AM

    Stop snitching NBC sports…oh wait…what!?…nevermind…the greedy NFL cartel is already on it…

  56. rickeyp says: Jun 8, 2015 1:54 AM

    I saw a commercial for the series earlier this evening, and the helmets shown in the ad had no team logos on them.

    Odd.

  57. speicher145 says: Jun 8, 2015 1:55 AM

    FINALLY

    THE ROCK

    HAS COME BACK

    TO MIAMIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  58. kferguson2002 says: Jun 8, 2015 2:02 AM

    Goodell’s candy ass better know damn role and shut his damn mouth.

  59. theuglitruth says: Jun 8, 2015 2:10 AM

    Has the character stomped a defenseless pet to death yet?

  60. rexryanisablowhard says: Jun 8, 2015 3:28 AM

    Why the hell would anyone watch this anyway?
    ——————————————-
    Great question, the NFL in Goodell era is barely watchable

  61. nyneal says: Jun 8, 2015 3:31 AM

    No matter what anyone thinks, the NFL does have a right to protect their brand.

    It will be interesting to see what the NFL does about this.

    I wonder if those who are slamming the NFL and hooraying for HBO in this would feel the same way if they owned a business and some tv network decided to use their brand in a negative way, without permission from you.

    Back in 1970, there was a movie based on a Broadway play called, “The Great White Hope”, starring James Earl Jones. Everyone knew that it was based on the life of heavyweight champion Jack Johnson — who was Muhammed Ali before Muhammed Ali was Muhammed Ali — but Johnson’s name in both the play and the movie was changed to Jack Jefferson. So it’s nothing new.

    I would think it was done to protect them from possible law suits. If the NFL wants to stop HBO from using their brand without permission, I would think they’d be able to do it.

  62. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 8, 2015 3:55 AM

    cant wait for the episode where a woman ODs in tbe Colts owner’s house while he is wated out of his mind or the one where the Browns owner is laughing about how he bilked his customers out of hundreds of millions of dollars

  63. floratiotime says: Jun 8, 2015 4:49 AM

    Even here Pats fans post compulsively. Guilt and shame will do that to you. Loving it !

  64. ogbobbydeas says: Jun 8, 2015 5:28 AM

    They can use the Redskins since their name and logo are no longer trademarked

  65. macjacmccoy says: Jun 8, 2015 6:11 AM

    Love it. HBO saying f it we got lawyers too.

  66. jimmysee says: Jun 8, 2015 6:14 AM

    The only mega-entity more protective of its IP than the NFL is Disney.

    I expect the NFL will take action here — if for no other reason than to discourage others from taking similar liberties.

    Heck, you can’t even call the Super Bowl the “Super Bowl” unless you’re an NFL licensee. That’s why you hear it referred to as the “Big Game.”

    I’m sure the NFL would try to clamp down on that, too, if it could.

  67. RegisHawk says: Jun 8, 2015 6:51 AM

    I hear in the season finale, Roger Goodell walks into a fire and comes out with 3 baby dragons…

  68. karmathaitch says: Jun 8, 2015 6:59 AM

    I remember the NFL telling ESPN to take down Playmakers due to Ray Lewis thought it put a negative look on the players.

  69. pleasefiregoodell says: Jun 8, 2015 7:18 AM

    I hope Goodell is some how fired over this.

  70. pleasestopthesnow says: Jun 8, 2015 7:23 AM

    HBO lawyers: Your Honor, the NFL doesnt follow any of the rules in their CBA.

    NFL lawyer: we only follow the rules that benefit the NFL in our CBA. We dont feel the need to give the players anything. After all, its a privilege to be associated with the NFL.

    HBO Lawyers: as their lawyer just said your Honor, they dont follow any of their own rules. Why should we be forced to follow theirs?

    Judge: i agree HBO. I rule in favor of HBO.

  71. thegreenandcold says: Jun 8, 2015 7:23 AM

    Based on the size and scope of the NFL I find it more likely than not that they were generally aware their trademarks were being used.
    Their refusal to comment and hand over all league cell phones to determine if anyone was aware means suspensions for everyone involved in the promotion or protection of copyright of the NFL and a first round draft pick taken from the Dolphins, Bills and Packers for being mentioned in the release.

  72. PegulaBucks says: Jun 8, 2015 7:33 AM

    kcchefs58 says: Jun 7, 2015 9:54 PM

    Goodell haters are happy by this.

    There are Goodell supporters?

  73. exboomer says: Jun 8, 2015 7:53 AM

    chris3141084 says:
    Jun 7, 2015 9:59 PM
    It’s parody. So they should be able to get away with it.
    __________________
    So was Playmakers and look what happened.

  74. GhostPepper says: Jun 8, 2015 7:56 AM

    If the NFL raises a fuss about this then the NFL will get another black eye as far as PR goes.

  75. mostlombardisintheleague says: Jun 8, 2015 8:04 AM

    If the first episode is allegedly loosely based on an incident that may have occured with an actual NFL player, will the episode also show prior to the alleged incident the female outwardly wearing a name tag with “DTF” and following/stalking that NFL player to two or three or different bars and drinking herself slurring-speach drunk ?

  76. nodiosmio says: Jun 8, 2015 8:09 AM

    I have a feeling they are just using the threat of airing the show without obtaining the rights to said NFL trademarks as a negotiating ploy.

    One of the reasons they cancelled Inside the NFL was because they were paying the NFL multiple millions of dollars per year to air it. So when the contract for Inside the NFL reached its end they cancelled the show.

    Surely they do not want to pay that kind of money to air Ballers. Especially when you consider that the NFL is likely to ask for a ridiculous amount of money for licensing due to the controversial content.

    Better for HBO to air the series now without permission and settle later.

  77. seabrawk12 says: Jun 8, 2015 8:21 AM

    Slap on the wrist just like Brady got.

  78. streetyson says: Jun 8, 2015 8:24 AM

    whispersd says:
    Jun 7, 2015 10:23 PM
    Did South Park get permission… to imply, several seasons ago, that Cartman’s mother slept with all of the Denver Broncos?
    —————————
    That’s because she DID sleep with all the Broncos! Cartman is all the proof you need – that’s why the team didn’t even try going to court. Anyway, after massive overspending on their salary cap and the two huge fines, they didn’t have any money left for lawyers. Hell, they didn’t even have any money left to pay for Cartman’s upbringing. That’s why he had to do that reality TV series about South Park, so can you blame him for revealing the truth about the Broncos? Denver, do the right thing, pay for Eric to go to college!

  79. randy8123 says: Jun 8, 2015 8:25 AM

    Hard Knocks does a lot more for the NFL than it does for HBO (the league office beats the bushes for a team to serve up every year) so I bet HBO knows any threat to pull that show is a bluff.

    You can’t even call it playing hardball, but I’m glad to see somebody not acquiescing to every desire of the almighty Goodell.

  80. guitarkevin says: Jun 8, 2015 8:27 AM

    If they mock an episode of a QB sucking the air out of footballs, I’ll be a fan for life.

  81. pdmjr says: Jun 8, 2015 8:32 AM

    The teams in question play in public stadiums, no permission needed

  82. denverdude7 says: Jun 8, 2015 8:36 AM

    HBO and pretty much everyone else should be able to use NFL logos as often as they wish.

    With a few exceptions, most of the stadiums the NFL plays in are built with publicly provided tax funds which should make them publicly owned entities.

    Once the NFL starts paying for their own playpens then they can deny use of the logos.

  83. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Jun 8, 2015 8:46 AM

    nrns77 says:
    Jun 7, 2015 11:50 PM
    There is no loophole that allows HBO to use copyrighted and trademarked material from the NFL. They are going to have the show shut down, or they will get a huge settlement, or they will own the show.

    If you are profiting from using someone else’s intellectual property, there is no loophole, and that includes parody.

    HBO is screwed on this one. What fools.
    =========

    I am only copying this one comment, but I am speaking to everyone with this opinion.

    Do you honestly believe this? Do you think HBO doesn’t have lawyers? Do you really believe they would spend tens of millions of dollars creating and marketing a show, including hiring one of the highest priced actors currently on the planet, without making sure they were covered legally?

    I’m not a lawyer, and unlike many people here, I won’t pretend to know everything. But I do have common sense. And common sense tells me that HBO didn’t become a multibillion dollar conglomerate by being foolish.

  84. ehhsteekee says: Jun 8, 2015 8:49 AM

    It’s not TV. It’s HBO.

  85. bpearse230 says: Jun 8, 2015 9:09 AM

    HBO doesn’t revolve around the NFL like ESPN does. If the NFL pulls Hard Knocks, HBO has to fill approximately 6 hours of programming. I think they’ll survive. They won’t be strong-armed into anything.

  86. dynastyposeiden says: Jun 8, 2015 9:17 AM

    waiting for the episode where the player who commits a terrorist act at an aiport or the player who kills his teammate drunk driving or the owner busted with more drugs in his trunk than a lifetime of motley crue tours gets suspended for less time that a a chronic chronic roaster.

    or the epsiode where the greedy owners and dopey administrators suspend themselves for conduct detrimental to the shield .

  87. mancave001 says: Jun 8, 2015 9:41 AM

    Actually, it would be fun to see what would happen if companies just started ignoring the NFL’s “rules” en masse. Written accounts of the game, pictures, clips, team logos, etc. It would at least occupy the lawyers long enough that we could focus on football.

  88. sainttimbo says: Jun 8, 2015 10:08 AM

    nrns77 says:
    Jun 7, 2015 11:50 PM
    There is no loophole that allows HBO to use copyrighted and trademarked material from the NFL. They are going to have the show shut down, or they will get a huge settlement, or they will own the show.

    If you are profiting from using someone else’s intellectual property, there is no loophole, and that includes parody.

    HBO is screwed on this one. What fools.

    ====

    HBO already has permission to use NFL material via Hardknocks. Perhaps HBO found something in the contract that doesn’t limit it to just that show.

  89. blc0732 says: Jun 8, 2015 10:17 AM

    Hard Knocks will move to Showtime just like Inside the NFL

  90. malab377 says: Jun 8, 2015 10:20 AM

    It will be about the Dolphins… I guess that the Patriots will be the bad guys…

  91. phinfan says: Jun 8, 2015 10:46 AM

    Well…. since they used the Dolphins and Bills on Hard Knocks… I bet they have some sort of contract or lawyer that says ‘Technically’ NFL is allowing us they just don’t know it yet.

    Personally good For the HBO series,,, there is so much bad rap and crazy drama in the NFL how can you NOT have a impact show like that?!!

  92. mtsquad says: Jun 8, 2015 11:32 AM

    Well I saw previews last night and the dolphin logo was definitely not on the sides of the helmet. The three stripes on the top of the helmet were present. Maybe it’s different in the show. Poor little old rich men worrying about their copyright.

  93. edmundrandolph1753 says: Jun 8, 2015 11:32 AM

    Watching Game of Thrones, there was a preview for this show and it looked like the “Dolphin” helmets had the logo edited out during the preview. Was a white helmet with teal and orange stripe, almost like a Miami version of the Browns. Interesting.

  94. awdlmd says: Jun 8, 2015 11:53 AM

    I would love a good football show but I can’t see how this can’t not suck considering the lead actor.

  95. bigbwoy000 says: Jun 8, 2015 11:55 AM

    Big Ben is the only player to have ever been with a chick in a mens room.

    Hopefully they will do more selective/unique stories. Maybe an episode on a number one pick with the talent to be the best ever that throws it all away by refusing to dedicate himself to preparation. Rather he prefers to spend his time in bloody dog fighting pits & torturing animals for 6 years before going to federal prison for 24 months on a plea bargain instead of going to court & getting the sentence he really deserved.

    Popcorn will be ready when they air that show!

  96. jtbsteeler says: Jun 8, 2015 12:20 PM

    This show will be watched. The haters will have to cry for awhile.

  97. propjoe718 says: Jun 8, 2015 12:33 PM

    Playmakers was a great show but it was too realistic and the NFL put the pressure on ESPN to cancel it. (It’s kind of like that mother who won’t admit her son is a drug addict thief but everyone knows it) my guess is that the nfl will find a way to shut this show down if it shows some kind of negative view on the league.

  98. axespray says: Jun 8, 2015 12:45 PM

    It’s The Rock and HBO…. woo!

  99. mister305miami says: Jun 8, 2015 1:04 PM

    So is this fictional character going to be picking up gum wrappers off the practice field? Read written speeches with 2 percent emotion? How will he resemble our beloved coach Philbin?

  100. corvetteman6 says: Jun 8, 2015 2:18 PM

    Just when professional athletes have just about killed it for me, along comes this exercise in hedonism for the extremely wealthy. No doubt, this will be the nail in the coffin. If I am sick and tired of arrogance, ego, an above-the-law mentality outside of the ballfield and simply grotesque, boorish behavior in real life, why would I spend one minute of my time watching actors revel in it.
    I think I’ll just go down to the park and feed the pigeons.beats the hell outta this schlockfest.

  101. futuresbmvpleveon says: Jun 8, 2015 3:24 PM

    Rumor has it the second show is about two teammates getting busted smoking pot on the way to an exhibition football game. The third show is about some coach stepping on the field during a punt return. Now do you see a theme about a particular team being portrayed?
    ———————————————————
    So in keeping with that, this show should end up with more awards than any other football-related show in the history of TV.

  102. futuresbmvpleveon says: Jun 8, 2015 3:31 PM

    “with a Packers logo on the wall.”
    ——————————–
    I wouldn’t call a printed letter “G” a logo.

  103. purplepackerhater says: Jun 8, 2015 4:13 PM

    I wouldn’t call the Packers a legitimate team either.

  104. futuresbmvpleveon says: Jun 8, 2015 5:51 PM

    good point purple.

  105. excusemewhileiwhipthisoutagain says: Jun 9, 2015 8:42 AM

    HBO isnt this stupid.

    I wonder if there is something they got in the contracts for Hard Knocks giving them generic display rights of NFL logos, etc., which HBO thinks applies to other endeavours. Something that the league didnt plan on.

    In addition, given that the league has their own network, its quite likely that the Hard Knocks contract might be expiring soon, and HBO knows the league has no intention to renew it.

  106. daytontriangles says: Jun 9, 2015 8:22 PM

    If Ballers ever uses Patriots logos or uniforms, we can expect Roger Goodell to fine the Patriots for it.

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