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It sounds as if the NFL is afraid of something. Only an institution with something to hide would find fault with—and try to force off the air—a fictitious television drama. Playmakers is engrossing, powerful television, but we never would have given credibility to any of its story lines had the NFL just ignored it. That Warren Sapp won't speak to anybody at ESPN because of Playmakers speaks volumes about how credible the television show might actually be.
If Eagles owner Jeff Lurie is not crazy about Playmakers, I have an idea for a reality-based NFL series. Week 1: A Pro Bowl linebacker and his friends are at a Super Bowl party; when they leave, two men are dead from stab wounds. Week 2: An active first-round draft pick has his ex-girlfriend and unborn child murdered. Week 3: A recently retired, six-time NFL Pro Bowl selection is caught with 213 pounds of marijuana. Week 4: While out on bail the same player is busted with 175 pounds of marijuana. Week 5: A first-round placekicker is arrested with the date rape drug GHB. The NFL and its owners should be worried about the real problems of their players, not the fictional problems in a soap opera.
If ESPN cancels Playmakers next year, will a non-NFL network bring in a similar show and reap the benefits? I can think of one network that has its XFL football time slot available.
Playing in Pain
If you look carefully at the photograph on the title page of the Black Sunday article, in the north stands, lower deck, where the sun hits the shade, at the east 35-yard line, you will see four empty seats. My father, Alvin, collected the tickets of his three fellow season-ticket holders and close friends and suggested that my cousin and I send them—unused—to Pete Rozelle. We did. My father was shocked and dismayed by the nearly full house. Does the 60,671 attendance reported by the NFL include no-show season-ticket holders?
?The published attendance figure is based on the number of tickets sold, not the number of people who attend.