Controversy Rises Over Canceled Fantasy Football Event

Back in March, Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo announced that the National Fantasy Football Convention was to going to take place at the Venetian-owned Sands Expo in Las Vegas from July 10 to 12. The highly anticipated event was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for fantasy football fans to connect with their favorite players, sports executives, brands, and members of the media. But as time drew closer to the event, the NFL came across several issues with the event that influenced the cancellation of the convention, enraging pro players and fans alike.

Because of the lively nature that these gambling facilities typically have, as described by InterCasino, casino resorts are a popular destination for all kinds of conventions, though the League state that their players are prohibited from attending events at casinos or affairs sponsored by casinos. The policy is clear, but the controversy lies in the fact that the event was supposed to be held at the convention center run by the Venetian, not on the casino’s gaming floor. In addition, the New Orleans Saints hosted a training camp last year at another casino resort while the Detroit Lions accepted a sponsorship deal from MGM Grand.

Fan Expo LLC, the company who collaborated with Romo, have filed a $1 million suit against the NFL, claiming that there were no violations against such policy. The suit also outlines illegal interference, where the League were accused of harassing players and agents on the phone, threatening to either fine or suspend them if they chose to participate, allegedly intimidating them to the point of dropping out of the event all together. This left Fan Expo no choice other than to cancel the convention. Many are speculating that the NFFC was sacked due to money.

Romo explains to WFAA that it’s the fans who are suffering the most from the scrapped convention, losing hundreds of dollars on airfare and hotels. It’s a huge disappointment as well for charities, such as housing for wounded veterans, that the players and event organizers were sending proceeds to.