The NFL is being sued in regards to their role in the cancellation of a fantasy football convention, just a month before it was to be held. The National Fantasy Football Convention, an event ‘co-founded’ by Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo, was set to go in Las Vegas where fans from all over congregated with the NFL’s stars.
According to the lawsuit, after initially approving the event, the NFL’s attitude changed in early June when they “began to threaten and harass players who had committed to appear,” and would breach the contracts of the players who had signed to participate in the event.
The league referred to the potential violation from the player conduct’s gambling policy, and even threatened to fire NFL.com’s Michael Fabiano had he attended.
via Pro Football Talk:
‘Both the NFL and the NFL Players Association began getting the word out to players about the potential violation of the league’s gambling policy, and Fabiano advised the NFFC via an “emotional call” that the NFL had “forc[ed] him to back out of the event or risk losing his job.”
The lawsuit argues that the NFL illegally interfered with the contractual relationships between the NFFC and the players who had committed to appear, justifying the payment of damages exceeding $1 million.
So why did the league do it? According to the lawsuit, the NFL “recogniz[ed] the commercial opportunities available to the NFFC, [and] likely decided to kill Tony Romo’s effort so that it could replace it with one of its own.”
Brian McCarthy, Vice President of Corporate Communications for the NFL, says the league “is not aware of the lawsuit.”
You can read the entire lawsuit below: