We asked football players and financial advisers: How realistic is HBO’s ‘Ballers’?

An early scene in the pilot episode of HBO’s comedy-drama “Ballers,” which chronicles the exploits of Spencer Strasmore, a retired NFL linebacker turned financial manager for football pros portrayed by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, plays to the song “Fantasy” by Earth, Wind and Fire.

But how much of a fantasy is “Ballers,” which is currently in the middle of its third season on Time Warner-owned TWX, -0.41% HBO?

“Ballers” ostensibly depicts Strasmore’s efforts to “monetize his friendships” with NFL clients at Anderson Financial, the firm he runs with partner Joe Krutel (Rob Corddry). Along the way, the show dives headlong into a high-rolling lifestyle of sex, drugs and socializing.

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