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NFL slams door on Romo-organized fantasy football convention

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Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo had planned to present the first National Fantasy Football Convention in July. Key words: had planned.

Via Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com, the event has been postponed until 2016 not because of its subject matter but because of its planned location — the Sands Expo in Las Vegas.

“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 told FOX Sports.

Romo organized the event, and various active players were slated to appear, including Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, Steelers receiver Antonio Brown, Eagles running back DeMarco Murray, and Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.

The event has now been set for Los Angeles, in 2016.

Apart from the irony inherent to the NFL banning events held at or sponsored by casinos despite the extra attention and revenue gambling brings to the game, the league’s blatant embrace of fantasy football — which legally isn’t gambling but as a practical matter is — makes it hypocritical to slam the door on player-organized fantasy football activities on premises owned by a traditional gambling establishment, even if no gambling will occur where the convention is being held.

The league’s position likely also applies to the Fantasy Sports Combine, set for July 17-19 at the Wynn Las Vegas and Encore and touted as featuring appearances from Jets receiver Brandon Marshall, Broncos linebacker Von Miller, and other active players.

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33 Responses to “NFL slams door on Romo-organized fantasy football convention”
  1. hobbs210 says: Jun 6, 2015 2:34 AM

    i wanted to chug a beer with gronk 😦

  2. 700levelvet says: Jun 6, 2015 2:38 AM

    The owners… Didn’t get a cut…simple as that.. It’s the NFL

  3. stanstandard says: Jun 6, 2015 2:56 AM

    Uncle Roger must not of got his cut.

  4. jerrysglassescleaner says: Jun 6, 2015 4:01 AM

    NFL stands for No Fun League. Oh and Eagles still sucks.

    America’s Team 16-3 (this is our year) (1st rd bye)
    NYG 9-7
    Redskins 8-8
    Eagles 7-9

  5. pleasestopthesnow says: Jun 6, 2015 6:13 AM

    The NFL wont allow that but they allow refs to over-inflate footballs to 16 psi to affect the betting outcome of games with the Vegas sportsbooks. They also control instant replay in last 2 mins of each half to affect betting outcomes.

    They only delayed it so they can figure out how to get some of the money off of Romo’s event.

    The NFL Commissioner and League Office makes me want to puke.

  6. cadlow says: Jun 6, 2015 6:27 AM

    They don’t won’t to associate with gambling…..PLEASE
    Didn’t the overunder spread for next season come out the other day?
    Aren’t they catering the rules to broaden the “fantasy” impact of the game?
    Doesn’t the NFL require teams to accurately release an injury report 2 days before every game?

    Yup the NFL does not want to associate with gambling…lol…

  7. thebifforacle says: Jun 6, 2015 7:00 AM

    cadlow says:

    Doesn’t the NFL require teams to accurately release an injury report 2 days before every game?

    —————————————————

    I can hear Bellichik laughing from here.

  8. greymares says: Jun 6, 2015 7:12 AM

    It’s funny that a QB that can’t get drafted in a 12 team fantasy league is hosting a fantasy convention.

  9. greymares says: Jun 6, 2015 7:18 AM

    @ jerrysglassescleaner, your Cowboys will be finishing 3rd in the NFC East behind the Eagles and Giants. If Romo misses more than two games your going to the cellar. Heathy Romo= 8-8 unhealthy Romo = 6-10. They missed their chance last year it’s back to mediocrity, this team can’t win with no GM or coach.

  10. streetyson says: Jun 6, 2015 7:24 AM

    HYPOCRITES!
    Two years ago the NFL decided it was ok for teams to accept advertising revenue from casinos. But try to hold a not-necessarily-gambling fan’s fun-fest within sight of the NFL’s immoral paymasters and the NFL says its improper. Oh, and btw can they do it in LA because the NFL are trying to raise interest and suck money out that particular market.

    I hope Vegas bans its casinos from sponsoring NFL teams.

  11. blackcatnfl says: Jun 6, 2015 7:28 AM

    And with my 4th round pick I select….Tony Romo!

  12. sammyias says: Jun 6, 2015 7:53 AM

    ” a traditional gambling establishment, even if no gambling will occur where the convention is being held.”

    Ummm, what?

    I think you are missing the point.

  13. mljohns says: Jun 6, 2015 7:53 AM

    greymares says:
    Jun 6, 2015 7:12 AM

    It’s funny that a QB that can’t get drafted in a 12 team fantasy league is hosting a fantasy convention.

    _____________________

    Considering all that Romo’s accomplished as an undrafted free agent…I’m sure he’s all broken up that he wouldn’t be selected in your fantasy draft. And I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t be hosting that fantasy convention for free.

  14. Ferdinand says: Jun 6, 2015 7:58 AM

    Well, we know what sort of ventures Romo will be involved in after retirement – when the League can’t tell him ‘no’.

  15. rebosprj says: Jun 6, 2015 8:13 AM

    You would have to scroll for an hour if it was Brady trying to organize this . . .
    Point Made . . .

  16. rebosprj says: Jun 6, 2015 8:13 AM

    It would be all over mainstream media too

  17. briguy5 says: Jun 6, 2015 8:28 AM

    Meanwhile, get your NFL scratch tickets everyone!! Plenty on sale for all teams!!

  18. greymares says: Jun 6, 2015 8:40 AM

    @ mljohns, Please enlighten me with all these Romo accomplishments your as dillusional as the Cowboy owner.

  19. audio2sell says: Jun 6, 2015 9:00 AM

    Roger is doing this just to show the players union he is in charge.

    If an owner or a team member (other than a player), was doing this it would be touted by the league.

    Another “integrity of the game” issue… lol

  20. xxsweepthelegxx says: Jun 6, 2015 9:11 AM

    mljohns says:
    Jun 6, 2015 7:53 AM
    greymares says:
    Jun 6, 2015 7:12 AM

    It’s funny that a QB that can’t get drafted in a 12 team fantasy league is hosting a fantasy convention.

    _____________________

    Considering all that Romo’s accomplished as an undrafted free agent…I’m sure he’s all broken up that he wouldn’t be selected in your fantasy draft. And I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t be hosting that fantasy convention for free.
    —————–
    @greymares
    Whatever you think of Romo as a QB aside, he actually is a decent to great FF QB, so not sure what league you play in where Romo isn’t a starter.

    Never mind, I’ll answer that for you, a JV League

  21. officialgame says: Jun 6, 2015 9:15 AM

    Should have held it in Pete Rose’s basement.

  22. hdl62 says: Jun 6, 2015 9:25 AM

    Hey greymares…8-8…6-10 sorry those days are behind us now we def will win more than 6 and for sure more than 8….my guess is 13-3 if my QB can stay healthy.

  23. timebandit24 says: Jun 6, 2015 9:33 AM

    greymares says:
    Jun 6, 2015 7:18 AM
    @ jerrysglassescleaner, your Cowboys will be finishing 3rd in the NFC East behind the Eagles and Giants. If Romo misses more than two games your going to the cellar. Heathy Romo= 8-8 unhealthy Romo = 6-10. They missed their chance last year it’s back to mediocrity, this team can’t win with no GM or coach.

    —————–

    you sir, are on fantasy island. Dallas would be no where without Romo. So many don’t ever wants to accept the fact that the defense has let this team down. Tell me what Romo has done bad lately. Early in his career the guy fumbles a snap he had no business holding as starting quarterback. Has 3 tds dropped against Giants that would win divisional game in 07. Not to mention he carried his team and was a surgeon last year. As a younger player, the guy panicked in a big spot but you can not say that now. He has earned it by taking his stripes. Some people need to grow up and realize that it’s ok to despise someone and respect their body of work. I despise Tom Brady but won’t take a single thing away from the fact that he’s the greatest ever.

  24. fitzharvard says: Jun 6, 2015 10:09 AM

    The league is pissed it didn’t think of it first. I’m guessing they’ll think of it now and Roger will find a way to make it lame.

  25. sdchicken says: Jun 6, 2015 10:18 AM

    Smart move by the NFL to maintain the shield and it’s integrity. God forbid the NFL or fantasy football be associated with Vegas or gambling. Because nobody gambles on football…just another NFL hypocrisy.

  26. greymares says: Jun 6, 2015 10:25 AM

    @ xxsweepthelegsxx , played 4 fantasy leagues last year 2-12 team leagues 2-10 team leagues Romo was not a starter in any of them. He was on the roster of the 12 team leagues as a backup. But one of those he was picked up after Carson Palmer went down. I wouldn’t expect anything different this year. I bet your not drafting him.

  27. Frazier28/7 says: Jun 6, 2015 11:03 AM

    would be nice, by round 10 last year I had no idea who some of these names were

  28. wolfman55h says: Jun 6, 2015 11:08 AM

    ‘Fantasy Sports Convention’? Is this going to be like the Saturday Live sketch with William Shatner? Romo is going to tell a bunch of 40 year old fantasy football geeks wearing jerseys to ‘GET A LIFE!’ ?

  29. The Truth says: Jun 6, 2015 11:31 AM

    The NFL just made the guy that ” bagged” the steelers/Seahawks super bowl , SUPERVISOR of officials ! Lmao

  30. dan1756 says: Jun 6, 2015 12:17 PM

    For all the Fantasy Football players who keep losing, it’s ok to console yourself with the idea that’s it gambling and basically luck. For those of us who consistently win (or come close), we know it’s skill based on research and knowledge of the game….

  31. fringetastic says: Jun 6, 2015 12:45 PM

    I know there are leagues with money but I can’t agree with an assumption that most leagues are. Is there any data to support that? I’m in two leagues with 23 other people that don’t involve money.

  32. surfinbird1 says: Jun 6, 2015 1:39 PM

    Ted Wells said he is willing to investigate this for Roger and can have it wrapped up in 3 or 4 months.

  33. greymares says: Jun 6, 2015 2:13 PM

    @ fringetastic, I devote about 20 hrs. A week to my 4 fantasy teams after the draft. Mock drafts player evaluations and bye week concerns almost all of August is needed. Play for no money ? Absolutely not. Lol.

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