Last year, it appeared that HBO and the makers of Ballers were running the risk of getting sued by the NFL, for using team names and logos without authorization. Litigation finally has arrived, but not from the NFL.
Via E! News, Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stand accused of stealing the idea from a pair of plaintiffs who allegedly devised a show named Off Season in 2007. Everette Silas and Sherri Littleton contend that they approached Wahlberg and Johnson with the idea in 2008, but that the deal fell through in 2009 after they were denied a “created by” credit in connection with the show.
Silas and Littleton seek $200 million, and they cite 27 similarities between Off Season and Ballers, including the primary basis for the show — a former player who retires, becomes a businessman, and mentors current players in Miami.
Wahlberg and Johnson surely will deny the allegations and vow to fight the case aggressively.