The National Football League Player's Association is attempting to sack
ESPN's new series, Playmakers, because of the way players are negatively
The NFLPA has asked ESPN to take the weekly series off the air, according to
the AP, although ESPN officials would not confirm the request. Representatives
from the NFLPA could not be reached for comment at press time.
The adult-targeted series depicts a fictional pro-football team and features
several unsavory characters, including a ruthless owner, a drug-addicted star
running back and an unsympathetic coach.
The NFLPA comments came on the heels of similar comments from NFL
commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who recently said the series is a "gross"
mischaracterization of the sport.
But an ESPN spokesman said the series will remain on the air despite the
NFLPA's objections, adding that some players have actually requested cameos in
He added that the skein does not accurately portray the NFL and that ESPN
viewers can tell the difference between a documentary and a drama.
The show is averaging a 2.0 household rating through three episodes,
according to Nielsen Media Research, but it has suffered a ratings decline each
week. Playmakers has improved the network's adult 18-49 viewership during
the Tuesday 9 p.m. time slot.