Set in Miami, Ballers is a half-hour dramedy centered on a group of current and former professional football players, as well as their families, friends, and handlers. The series goes beyond the game and explores not only the challenges that current players face, but also takes a behind-the-scenes, real look into their lives both on and off the field.
Looking to score high-profile clients to pay off his debts to Ricky and Vernon, Spencer hits a roadblock with Mr. Anderson, who wants to focus on the Las Vegas market by partnering with casino magnate Wayne Hastings, Jr.. Ricky ponders fatherhood; Vernon and Reggie eye an edgy endorsement; Larry makes Charles the face of bad news at a team press conference.
In Las Vegas on business, Spencer gets reacquainted with Chloe, an old flame now working for Wayne, while Ricky challenges the odds in a game of dice. Set up by Joe to represent top running back Kisan, Jason ends up sweating it out in a tough neighborhood. Charles gets a public-speaking primer from Julie; Vernon and Reggie make a risky endorsement deal.
Spencer encounters resistance to his Las Vegas expansion initiative in Los Angeles and Oakland. Meanwhile, Charles feels slighted by Larry for not getting credit after he landed a coveted lineman; Joe takes a detour with Reggie; Jason rebukes Kisan for his lack of transparency; and Ricky jumps to conclusions.
A key owner's blessing to bring professional football to Las Vegas hinges on equally critical meetings for Spencer and Joe. Meanwhile, Ricky stages his own private workout after being spurned by his new teammates; Vernon seeks a second chance; and tensions escalate between Charles and Larry after a Kisan's tryout.
Spencer faces new challenges getting Wayne to finance his Vegas initiative, and ponders his place in the big picture. Looking to mend a long-festering feud between Larry and Coach Berg, Julie persuades Charles to invite both men over for a home-cooked meal. Vernon is surprised by an unscheduled visit from a league official; Joe becomes obsessed with virtual reality; Ricky loses focus and pays the price.
With the ownersâ€™ meeting a week away, Spencer, Joe and Mr. Anderson head north in search of financing for a Vegas stadium. Larry tests the limits of Charlesâ€™ loyalty and patience; Ricky gets a sobering diagnosis, and presses Jason to close a deal.