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'Ballers' on HBO aims to be rare sports-themed series with winning game plan

'Ballers' on HBO aims to be rare sports-themed series with winning game plan

The record-breaking ratings accompanying the tsunami of recent sports blockbusters, from the NBA Finals to the Stanley Cup playoffs to the Triple Crown to the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao bout, proves one of life's most undeniable truths — America is stricken with sports fever.

But despite the phenomenal behemoth of live athletics on TV, it's a whole other ballgame when it comes to the prime-time scripted arena. Comedies and dramas set in the sports world during the last few decades have not had winning records.

Among the numerous losses are FX's boxing drama "Lights Out," USA Network's football comedy "Necessary Roughness" and ABC's baseball family comedy "Back in the Game" with James Caan. Even "The Bad News Bears," a hit in theaters, struck out on the small screen. And despite its critical acclaim, "Friday Night Lights" never drew a large audience.

Read the full story in LA Times.

Headlines Today: September 4, 2015

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