Cowboys Romo + The Fantasy Lawsuit Vs. NFL
The predictable spit has hit the fan: The NFL has crushed the dream (and maybe even is working to steal the dream) of the 2015 NFFC ... and the NFFC (via Fan Expo LLC) has no choice but to counter with a lawsuit.
A quickie chronology of the early stages of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo's plans for a mid-July "National Fantasy Football Convention'': I first learned (very vaguely) of the plans for a Romo-related project on December 13, 2014, while the Cowboys were in Philadelphia. I was told then the NFL had some knowledge of it as well. By March 24, the plans were set, there was agreed-to participation from NFL employees (and about 100 players) and I broke the story of the event on 105.3 The Fan. Shortly thereafter, of course, the NFL knew all about it as the story blew up and went national.
That was four months ago.
And then last momth Romo's people pulled the plug on their event because the NFL pulled the rug out from under them.
“I though we put something together that had a great opportunity for the fans to meet up with the players from the National Football League, but obviously the NFL didn’t see it that way,'' Romo told 105.3 The Fan's "Ben & Skin'' show, joining anyone with an ounce of logic in scoffing at the league's bogus "don't-associate-with-casinos'' reasoning.
“We didn’t realize the NFL had trouble with the venue,” Romo said, referring to the convention being held at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas. “We had plenty of people from the NFL working this event from early on. The NFL ended up outlawing employees, this week, from the event.”
It was at this point when folks started taking sides, an amusing and frustrating spectacle when it involved anyone's inability to see that the NFL's action here is driven by arrogance, lies and greed. I made my side clear in this column; many of us had invested time and emotion and money in the event -- and the NFL has no problem crushing and stealing all that time and emotion and money to eventually line its own pockets.
Romo says the fans who planned to attend the convention are the biggest losers (with booking travel, hotels, taking time off work) and also wonders if the NFL wasn’t happy that it wasn’t getting a cut of the money.
Romo said then (and the lawsuit will say now) that the biggest shock came from the league not communicating directly with him, one of the key organizers of the event.
“They could have called me, my agency or the NFFC – any one of which would have handled the logistical issues,” said Romo. “At any point they could have called me, and we would have changed the venue.” said Romo. Instead he accuses of NFL of getting the NFLPA involved ‘to do their dirty work,’ to remind those involved that players “may not participate in promotional activities or other appearances at or in connection with events that are held at or sponsored by casinos.”
Not long after the interview on 105.3 The Fan – the NFL turned snarky by tweeting a picture of Romo with the caption “Hi Tony.”
The lawsuit is meant to demonstrate, among other things, that this isn't a laughing matter.
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