NFL Cancels Fantasy Football Convention in Las Vegas Headed by Tony Romo

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 6, 2015

May 27, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws the ball during OTAs at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
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The NFL certainly doesn't have any problem endorsing fantasy football or allowing some of its biggest stars to take part in the promotion of the venture. When that promotion is in any way connected to a casino, though, the league draws a line in the sand. 

According to ESPN's Todd Archer, the NFL put the kibosh on the National Fantasy Football Convention, which was initially scheduled for July at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. The event was headlined by Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and would've included over a hundred other NFL players.

Romo didn't take the news well:

Tony Romo @tonyromo

NFL has canceled our fantasy football convention this year in Vegas and that is disappointing. I'm sad for the fans and players.

"When they look back, they'll be very disappointed with how they handled it," Romo continued on June 9, according to Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News.

Fellow Cowboy Dez Bryant was less diplomatic, issuing a string of NSFW tweets. They read, "don't understand whenever they make s--t load of money off of us smh....." and " put that event together for the fans... Geniuses s--t."

You can view the tweets here and here. (Warning: Tweets contain inappropriate language.)

Fox Sports' Alex Marvez initially reported on the crux of the issue, which was that the players were slated to meet fans at the Sands Expo. Even a tangential link to gambling or a casino creates an issue for the NFL.

"Players and NFL personnel may not participate in promotional activities or other appearances at or in connection with events that are held at or sponsored by casinos," an NFL spokesman said to Marvez in an email.

Archer reported that any players who took part could have potentially been fined or suspended.

Despite this setback, the NFFC said on its website that it's already looking forward to 2016, with Los Angeles selected as the host city for the inaugural convention.


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