Playing For Keeps
Inspired by a true story, Playing For Keeps is a story of celebrity, betrayal, legal battles and a mother’s overwhelming love for her child.
Nicole Alpern is a beautiful young sports groupie whose dreams come true when she catches the eye of Ty Rivers, a famous and wealthy basketball star. The two get along well and after Nicole takes him back to her apartment they’re swept up in a whirlwind relationship. He invites her to basketball games and she takes it as a good sign when she is regularly seated beside other home team players’ girlfriends.
The bubble bursts when Nicole discovers she’s pregnant and Ty refuses to believe that the baby is his. With Ty gone and in the face of her father’s disapproval, Nicole gives birth to a mixed race son she names Noah. After a positive DNA test proves the baby is his, Ty comes back into Nicole’s life, but it all comes crashing down when Ty’s wife finds out about the relationship.
With her relationship with Ty finished for good, Nicole is shocked to discover that he and his wife Beverly are seeking sole custody of Noah. A series of tumultuous and sensational court cases follows, and Nicole is devastated when an appeals court rules that Noah will be better off with his black family.She must confront the might of a mega-rich celebrity and find the strength to fight for her mixed-race son against seemingly impossible odds.
Nicole’s journey transforms her from a self-centered basketball groupie into a mother who will do everything in her power to keep her son. With the help of her lawyer, the courageous single mother takes her precedent-setting fight all the way to the Supreme Court, where she wages one final battle to win custody of her child.
Moving, inspirational and dramatic, Playing For Keeps stars Jennifer Finnigan (Crossing Jordan), Doug Savant (Desperate Housewives) and Roger Cross (24, NCIS).