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Ballers Season 2 Premiere Preview: “Face of the Franchise”

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Photo Credit: HBO

WARNING: Spoilers for Season 2 of HBO’s Ballers

HBO’s Ballers returns for a second season starting tonight. This means we’re about to get a big dose of The Rock on the small screen.

A quick and dirty list of ten reasons why we’re back watching Ballers in Season 2. And, no, it’s not about all that money talk:

  • Dwayne Johnson. Duh.
  • John David Washington a.k.a. Ricky Jerret (love him!)
  • Andy Garcia joins as a series regular
  • The NFL cameos
  • Arielle Kebbel a.k.a. Tracy Legette
  • Troy Garity a.k.a. Jason Antolotti
  • Football, football, football
  • Peter Berg (Favorite credit: Friday Night Lights — big and small screen) is one of the EPs
  • Dulé Hill and Richard Schiff both star in Ballers — R.I.P. The West Wing
  • The Miami setting

And even though Johnson’s TV character, Spencer Strasmore, has retired from football and transitioned into life as a financial manager, it doesn’t mean he’s lost his competitive edge. Spencer’s playing in a whole different universe but some of the rules remain the same. Competition rears its (sometimes) ugly head everywhere.

Official HBO Synopsis for “Face of the Franchise”

Convinced to appear on a talk show, Spencer (Dwayne Johnson) ends up facing off with an old adversary, which puts his company and reputation in jeopardy. A reformed Ricky (John David Washington) gets bad news in advance of his 30th birthday party. Charles (Omar Benson Miller) relishes his new status as a fan favorite, but may face changes on the field.

From an official HBO press release, here’s what we know about Season 2

Ballers -- S2 premiere

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  • As the lines between professional and personal blur in his pursuit of lasting success and glory, Spencer must face demons from the past when he goes head-to-head with the biggest business manager on the scene.
  • Meanwhile, Spencer’s closest friends and clients struggle to find their footing.
  • A humbled Ricky explores his options as a free agent, while getting to know the father who left him behind
  • Charles tries to balance a new baby and his future in the game
  • Vernon deals with the consequences of his life off the field.

Introducing Andy Garcia to the Ballers universe

Guest Stars for the Season 2 premiere include: former Miami Dolphin Jason Taylor, Current Dolphin Ndamukong Suh and Fox Sports Insider, Jay Glazer, who isn’t a stranger to this Ballers crowd. He appeared last season. Terrell Suggs also returns. In fact, the outside linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens plays an integral role in “Face of the Franchise.”

Ballers airs Sunday nights at 10/9c on HBO.

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