It’s been more than a decade since ESPN pulled the plug on Playmakers, at the behest of former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

Another network that doesn’t televise NFL games is going to give it another try.

According to, HBO has picked up the series Ballers, which explores the lives of a group of former and current football players. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars in the series, and he serves as executive producer with Mark Wahlberg.