HBO is releasing the first season of Ballers on Tuesday. I watched the first season recently and liked it. I think Ballers would be a fun Father’s Day gift for dads who love sports. The series is about a former NFL player who is now using his connections to sign up athletes for the investment firm he works for. The show is a really good drama and the characters are interesting. Like I already said, Ballers would be a good gift for a dad into sports. Ballers: The Complete First Season will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD on June 14th. Note: Ballers is rated TV-MA for profanity, nudity and sex scenes.
The Storyline and Main Characters
The series takes place in Miami and centers around the Miami Dolphins NFL football team. Spencer Strasmore is a former NFL player. Now he’s retired and is an account manager for an investment company. His job is to leverage his connection to football players and bring their business to the firm. His job is not easy because the players have a tendency to spend now and worry about the future later. Two of Spencer’s targets are Ricky and Vernon. Ricky is a talented receiver, but he has poor judgement off the field. Vernon is a great defensive player, but his childhood friend and posse are bleeding him dry.
Ballers: The Complete First Season has a run time of about 358 minute and includes all ten episodes. In addition, Ballers includes a bonus feature called “Inside the Episodes.” It features commentary from executive producer Evan Reilly and cast members like Dwayne Johnson and John David Washington.
The Ballers Cast
Dwayne Johnson is the star of the series. He plays the part of Spencer Strasmore, a financial client manager. Ballers doesn’t have a lot of action, so Dwayne actually has to act in this show. I actually think Dwayne did a good job playing the part of baby sitter for a bunch of professional football players. Other cast members include Rob Corddry (Joe), John David Washington (Ricky Jerret), Omar Benson Miller (Charles Greane), Donovan W. Carter (Vernon Littlefield), Troy Garity (Jason), Jazmyn Simon (Julie Greane), London Brown (Reggie), Ellen Marguerite Cullivan (Corporate Sponsor), Dulé Hill (Larry), Anabelle Acosta (Annabella), Arielle Kebbel (Tracy Legette), and Richard Schiff (Mr. Anderson).
Ballers: The Complete First Season Synopsis
Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne Johnson) is a retired football superstar who is trying to reinvent himself as a financial manager for current players in sun-soaked Miami. His inner circle includes Ricky (John David Washington, former pro-football player), a talented but volatile wide receiver who seeks to balance his off-field antics with his passion for the game; Charles (Omar Miller), a reluctantly retired lineman who’s finding it hard to adjust to civilian life; and Vernon (Donovan Carter), a player with a rookie contract, whose promise never to forget where he came from brings scores of hangers-on into his life, and lands him in big financial trouble. Though they’re pros when it comes to playing the game, each one has a harder time navigating life off the field.
More info: Ballers: The Complete First Season Blu-ray
[Disclosure: I received Ballers for review on my dad blog. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]