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Romo’s lawsuit against NFL goes to court Monday

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The NFL’s Summer of Law, 2015 edition, included a claim from Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo that the NFL improperly shut down a fantasy football convention in Las Vegas, over concerns that the event was being held on property owned by a casino. (Meanwhile, the NFL currently is allowing the Raiders to openly flirt with the owner of the same casino regarding the possibility of building a stadium there.)

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the two sides head to court on Monday for a hearing on the NFL’s motion for summary judgment. The source says that Romo’s venture, the National Fantasy Football Convention, plans to amend its lawsuit to state additional specific claims against the NFL.

Also, the NFFC’s lawyers hope to question Commissioner Roger Goodell under oath, under the theory that he has the final say on matters relating to gambling. So far, the NFL has produced only executive V.P. Adolpho Birch for questioning, and the league is resisting the attempt to question Goodell. The dispute likely will be resolved by the presiding judge.

According to the source, the NFCC had signed contracts with Michael Fabiano and Desmond Purnell of NFL Media to appear at the event. The source says that a contract also was in place with NFL Fantasy Live producer Heather Pink, and that verbal deals had been negotiated with Lindsay Rhodes and Elliott Harrison. Moreover, a total of 15 media credentials had been issued by the NFFC to NFL Media, which planned to televise two different shows from the event.

The league cites a broad gambling policy, and the NFFC claims that the policy is ambiguous. The real problem is that the league gave the event tacit approval throughout the planning process, only to force the NFFC to pull the plug on it by precluding any players or other league employees from attending.

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29 Responses to “Romo’s lawsuit against NFL goes to court Monday”
  1. typicalnipple says: Feb 23, 2016 11:35 AM

    To add to all of that, Big John Football was going to attend this event.

  2. doomsdaydefensetx says: Feb 23, 2016 11:35 AM

    Don’t come out the courtroom without Rogers HEAD!!!

  3. trollaikman8 says: Feb 23, 2016 11:36 AM

    If Goodell is involved, you have a 98% chance of winning.

  4. jimnaizeeum says: Feb 23, 2016 11:39 AM

    Really…Romo doesn’t make enough money so he needs to sue over a stupid fantasy convention.
    His current contract has 55 mil in gauranteed money.

  5. cajunaise says: Feb 23, 2016 11:43 AM

    This lawsuit will proceed for a few months, then break down.

    #romostyle

  6. 1smoothoperator says: Feb 23, 2016 11:47 AM

    I don’t play any of the fantasy football games, but seems to me that the NFL wants to be in charge of everything players do. Hope Romo wins the case and has to pay a boat load of money in damages to the convention.

  7. 1smoothoperator says: Feb 23, 2016 11:48 AM

    *hope the NFL has to pay.

  8. boyso3 says: Feb 23, 2016 11:49 AM

    The NFL’s Summer of Law, 2015 edition, included a claim from Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo that the NFL improperly shut down a fantasy football convention in Las Vegas, over concerns that the event was being held on property owned by a casino. (Meanwhile, the NFL currently is allowing the Raiders to openly flirt with the owner of the same casino regarding the possibility of building a stadium there.)

    That is gold right there Florio

  9. aljack88 says: Feb 23, 2016 11:55 AM

    Yea, the NFL is real strict with their “no casino” policies. Did the Steelers owners ever get their casino interests in compliance?

  10. briguy5 says: Feb 23, 2016 12:10 PM

    The NFL is in bed with fantasy football, especially DFS, but God forbid they let Romo host a convention.

  11. newjerseygiants says: Feb 23, 2016 12:14 PM

    Jolly Roger is going to get ripped in this. Unfortunately, this may be the only win this year for Romo.

  12. vetdana says: Feb 23, 2016 12:37 PM

    The NFL is totally inconsistent in its application of Policies and Rules regarding any type of Gambling Ventures.The left hand does not know what the right hand is doing and Special Interests from all Sources prevail ! This is Complete Nonsense regards Jurisprudence !

  13. bleedgreen says: Feb 23, 2016 12:39 PM

    The NFL was simply upset that they weren’t getting any of the money involved. Plain and simple.

  14. JSpicoli says: Feb 23, 2016 12:46 PM

    People who say “Well, the NFL said they would not directly stand in the way of a LV franchise” need to do some rationale thinking and realize they sound like Lloyd Christmas saying “So you are saying there’s a chance”

    The NFL needs LV like it needs a hole in its head. They will softly scuttle this like all ideas they object to and really never give momentum.

  15. cinzano08 says: Feb 23, 2016 12:52 PM

    The NFL must like the Beatings they take f rom courts because they keep coming back for more. Worst commissioner in pro sports, ever.

  16. jerry944 says: Feb 23, 2016 1:07 PM

    mnaizeeum says:
    Feb 23, 2016 11:39 AM
    Really…Romo doesn’t make enough money so he needs to sue over a stupid fantasy convention.
    His current contract has 55 mil in gauranteed money.
    —————————–
    Romo is not sueing for money..he sueing for the right to have a convention for all to attend..to put an end to goodell thinking he is the almighty of everything

  17. jimnaizeeum says: Feb 23, 2016 1:28 PM

    “Romo is not suing for money, he is suing for the right to have a convention for all to attend”

    So he is having this convention out of the goodness of his heart and will not profit by this at all.
    I had it all wrong Jerry944, I’ll never rip Saint Romo again.

  18. paunch41 says: Feb 23, 2016 1:47 PM

    cajunaise says:
    Feb 23, 2016 11:43 AM

    This lawsuit will proceed for a few months, then break down.

    #romostyle

    THAT is funny! And I’m a (long suffering) Cowboys fan!

  19. Drunk Uncle says: Feb 23, 2016 1:56 PM

    Because it is ambiguous, it looks like they will actually need Goodell’s testimony. I’ll bet that the league is willing to lose this case to avoid putting Roger on the stand.

  20. buffalomafia says: Feb 23, 2016 2:05 PM

    Romo is way over rated and over paid it makes me sick!

  21. metalup666 says: Feb 23, 2016 2:12 PM

    And still better than any QB in Buffalo for many years now.

  22. jerry944 says: Feb 23, 2016 2:15 PM

    You must get sick easy then..look it up..romo is 3rd all time QB rating..thats based on pure stats..cowboys were 12-4 in 2014..romo out they blew this year..romo is far far far from overrated

  23. joec44 says: Feb 23, 2016 2:52 PM

    I’m only here for the comments……however I think it’s so funny so many love to bash Goodell. The dude has had his issues, but you all know he works for the owners, right? Many decisions coming from him are actually the acts of the owners of your favorite team, right? Y’all are too funny….
    As long as the NFL is as profitable as it is, he ain’t going anywhere. Don’t like government, tell your Congressman, don’t like Goodell, tell your NFL owner. LOL

  24. bobthebillsfan says: Feb 23, 2016 2:57 PM

    Oh Man, Goodell in the witness stand. I can just imagine it now. Goodell: I didn’t understand the last 4 words in the oath “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth”.

  25. umakenosense says: Feb 23, 2016 3:01 PM

    This lawsuit isn’t about Romo. I’m glad a current player has finally stood up to the NFL and it’s hypocritical stance. The NFL needs Las Vegas. Take away the gambling on these games and watch the NFL fall in the ratings. People watch because they have money on the line. Las Vegas will never have a pro team because of the gambling. It’s to bad the NFL has this stance against Las Vegas.

  26. concretejimmy52 says: Feb 23, 2016 3:38 PM

    Oh the Irony!

  27. fanofpft says: Feb 23, 2016 6:21 PM

    Over under he snaps his collarbone? Week 8?

  28. annes22 says: Feb 23, 2016 8:05 PM

    Joec44 is so right. He works for the owners, so why do you think he is going to do anything to upset the majority of them???
    Everyone thinks he does a terrible job, but look what he is trying to do. He has NFL players out of control everyday, and when they are on vacation even worse. Who would want that job, except for the money he gets??

  29. manofaiki says: Feb 25, 2016 8:47 PM

    Gambling and Fantasy Football are reasons why the NFL is doing so well.

    So of course the NFL wants to reap all the $$$ from legalized gambling on the outcome of games & the $$$ from fans playing fantasy football.

    Fantasy football has grown into an incredibly lucrative thing in the just the past few years. It’s outstripped the NFL front office’s ability to contain it.

    While reaping the $ from Vegas gambling on NFL games, the NFL doesn’t want any of it’s players anywhere near casinos in any official capacity. Same with Fantasy Football.

    Is there a real conflict of interest here? Romo’s arguing there wasn’t, which is why the league let this FF conference go all the way from the planning stage to where it was about to be held, then suddenly changed it’s mind and sabotaged it.

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