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Photo Credit:  ESPN
  • Premiered: 
    August 26, 2003
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  • Network: ESPN
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by John Eisendrath 
  • Subject Matter: Sports
  • Tags: football (pro)

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    Season 1

Plot Synopsis

"Playmakers" is an 11-episode series that follows a dramatic single season of the Cougars, a fictional professional football team, and chronicles the behind-the-scenes and off-the-field lives of the players, families, coaches and owner. The team's star running back, Demetrius Harris, is addicted to cocaine but can still dominate on the field -- even when he's high. Other players take performance enhancing drugs, such as andro, or take numerous anti-inflammatory pills to maintain that competitive edge. The coach is battling through prostate cancer, the owner is a tyrant, and the team's medical doctor will lie to management. With such stereotypical portrayals, the NFL Players Association quickly complained to ESPN about the series -- after only two or three episodes -- and requested that the network not air additional episodes.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Orly Adelson Productions
  • Produced by ESPN Original Entertainment
  • Produced by Orly Adelson Productions