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NFL kicks off deal to produce 'Lombardi' pic with ESPN

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Talk about the potential for a big score: The folks at the National Football League and ESPN are taking their game off the gridiron to join forces on a motion picture project that both franchises are hoping will spawn an entire field of feature films in the future. A blog at  the entertainment trade mag Variety is detailing the deal, which would see the professional sports organization working alongside its news media counterpart to produce a dramatic biopic about Vince Lombardi, the legendary head coach of the Green Bay Packers. Both ESPN and the NFL already have a working relationship on the television front, via “Monday Night Football.” Sources on both sides say they hope, if the film Lombardi enjoys success, it will lead to more football-related films.