There are some flagrant similarities to ROLLERBALL, but for a made for tv movie, FUTURESPORT is an entertaining, "Rocky" kind of movie.
Seems like in the future, Hawaii has decided it wants to be independent of the US, so they have a bunch of ruthless terrorists out to overthrow the government. One of their targets is supersportsman Dean Cain, who has become the idol of millions in the game of Futuresport, which is like ice hockey on flying skateboards, and you have to throw this metal ball into the goal BEFORE it becomes electrified and toasts your hands. Cain has a romantic history with newswoman Vanessa Williams and after Cain's selfcentered ego loses his team the world championship, he sulks a little. Then he comes up with the idea of having war avoided by staging a super Futuresport contest; whoever wins, gets Hawaii. Far-fetched, but a good plot device for some dandy stuntwork.
Cain and Williams are good in their roles; Wesley Snipes who served as executive producer, plays a rastaman who actually invented the game of Futuresport to help out the down zone, which is comparable to today's ghettos. Snipes seems to have a good time, and his Jekyll/Hyde role works for the movie. Bill Smitrivich does well as the coach. Adrian Hughes and Brian Jensen as rivals and players also do a good job.
Good action, and production values.