Showtime sets AFL doc series

Chronicles the league through its merger with the NFL

Showtime Sports will mark the 50th season of the maverick American Football League with an NFL Films-produced five-part documentary.

Entitled "Full Color Football: The History of the American Football League," it will premiere Sept. 16.

The doc series will follow the birth of the only league to successfully rival the NFL from its wild beginnings to the most stunning upset in pro football history and the eventual powerhouse merger.

"This is the quintessential underdog story in both sports and in business," said Ken Hershman, senior vp and general manager of Showtime Sports. "And with the colorful characters and unique personalities of the upstart AFL brought to life by NFL Films, this promises to be one of the most compelling sports documentaries ever made."