Look for NFL to get into the fantasy-football convention business

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The NFL has indeed shut down a planned fantasy football convention organized by Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

“NFL has canceled our fantasy football convention this year in Vegas and that is disappointing,” Romo said on Twitter. “I’m sad for the fans and players.”

The league pulled the plug because the event would have happened on the property of a Las Vegas casino. And while that was the official reason for the move, at least one veteran league insider suspects that another factor motivated the decision.

The league was pissed that it didn’t think of doing a fantasy football convention before a player did.

The source predicts that the NFL will now get into the fantasy football convention business, holding its own event that will compete with those organized by players and others not connected to the NFL. And the key letters are N, F, and L; only the league can use those in the marketing, promotion, and presentation of a fantasy-football event.

It’s actually surprising the NFL hasn’t already invaded that space, given the obsession that millions have with the offshoot of pro football that blurs lines between teams and creates a separate experience that supplements rooting for one franchise to make it to the Super Bowl. At a time when the NFL continues to shun all forms of gambling (except for lottery tickets with NFL logos on them), the NFL embraces the one form of gambling that technically isn’t gambling because the fantasy-football industry had the right lobbyists in the right places to persuade Congress that fantasy football is a game not of chance but a game of skill.

That distinction is essentially a game of shells, with fast-talking proponents of the ability to risk money on the convoluted blending of performances from different players on different teams against different opponents in different locations at different times under different weather conditions as something more like buying stocks and less like betting on the outcomes of the games in which the individual players from a fantasy-football team play.

Hell yes it’s gambling. But officially it’s not. And it’s only a matter of time before the NFL keeps expanding the billion-dollar pie with the first annual official NFL fantasy football convention.

34 responses to “Look for NFL to get into the fantasy-football convention business

  1. Hey Tony, thanks for coming up with the idea, but we are gonna have to forbid you from holding the event because we want all the money. No hard feelings ~ Rog.

  2. It s in fact a game of skill, not chance. There’s a reason why you don’t draft all kickers or draft all backups.

    If you had the same odds of winning by a completely random draft where 3rd stringers that never see the field are equally randomly drafted with starters, as you do when you use your own skill of knowledge research and self-education and evaluation, then it would be a game of chance.

  3. Uh no – it’s all chance. I once lost my first four draft picks on IR by week three. None had prior injuries or any signs they were going to get injured. As you can imagine, my season got quite derailed after that, as I didn’t have priority in waiver wire and pick ups so their back ups were snatched by the lower teams and I was doomed

  4. Man, NFL “leadership” is really sad.

    Can’t come up with an original idea on your own? Steal somebody elses idea!!!

  5. Everyone thinking of going to the Fantasy Convention, whatever that means and entails, go to the players held conventions and shun the greedy NFL one.

    Im sure you will have to pay for the privilege of attending the NFL convention, just like performers and the military have to pay for the privilege of performing at NFL halftimes and honoring military service

  6. Interesting. The NFL knows no bounds when it comes to greed and fortune. Most cases of expansion, entrepreneurship from within, and development don’t involve shutting down pure good ideas from employees. I understand sort of, where they’re coming from by protecting The Shield, but c’mon man, can’t they do anything without alienating somebodies or somethings? Yes, it is all about the money as it is designed and should be, but I’m just saying, be a corporation or institution for positive nourishment and change for once when it comes to business decisions. No one is out to steal their lunch, on this matter anyways. I don’t see Romo crying foul for the NFL when the league is making tons of money with his name on the jersey; what’s the big deal?

  7. And once the league does start up with fantasy conventions, you can rest assured that more rule changes favorable to the offense are on the way, to help pad the numbers and turn even mediocre QBs into annual 5,000+ yards per season performers.

  8. This is funny….the people who always lose at Fantasy Football say it’s gambling, but for the people who keep winning, they know it’s skill…it’s the reason seasoned Fantasy Football experts always seem to find “gems” every year that propel them farther (in their leagues) than the guy who hardly does any research and then complains that it’s all luck…haha

  9. I love professional football but can’t stand the “NFL”. Goodell and his cronies think they can do whatever they want, and so far no one has told them otherwise.

  10. @- sylvester000001

    you’re one of “those people.”

    Its a game of chance, where skill helps put you in a better position to have a chance. The more skill the better.

  11. “Its a game of chance, where skill helps put you in a better position to have a chance. The more skill the better.”

    Funny, you basically just admitted it’s skill…lol

  12. Lol dan756, that’s pretty solid logical reasoning there. And by solid, I mean not-solid.

  13. How in the world is this Roger’s fault? The “no player being associated with gaming (or gamblers)” has been around since before Rozelle. Anyone remember Horung and Karras being suspended? Or Namath almost being banned for Bachelors III? Stop blaming Roger for every little thing.

  14. Used to do Yahoo! Fantasy football tried the NFL one and I think I will make a switch.

  15. So if an avid hunter like Trent Cole or Jason Babin held a guns/ammo/deerpiss/camo convention in a casino they’d shut that down too? Because they can’t be at events in casinos? Don’t these guys host parties and the such on casino grounds as well, or do the bars/ pool areas not count. Sounds sinister to me.

  16. Fantasy sports are fun and makes games more interesting to watch. I disagree that its gambling. Other than the lottery, i dont know of any bet where you can play for $3 and have a chance to win $100,000. Other than pressing your bet on a craps table which means its more than $3 and hitting 12s and 2s 4x in a row.

    It is a game of skill and luck, although a little luck doesnt hurt in any endeavor. Id say its 50 percent skill and 50 luck.

  17. Coaches better not try to protect their players from bounties by hiding injuries

    Now Goodell is going to be even MORE militant about putting player safety behind profit

    Sure, NOT telling defenders that you have an injured knee for example MIGHT stop them from targeting the knee and ending a player’s career and jeopardizing his health

    But you can’t put player welfare ahead of profit – this is Goodell we’re talking about

    If you thought he was bad fighting the good fight for mafia and gambling interests on the injury report before, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

  18. If the NFL didn’t sponsor or sanction it, how could they cancel it? It seems to me that they could have had the convention and just not mention the NFL. The same way that no one uses the words “Super Bowl”, but call it the “Big Game” every year.

  19. There’s a lot of things the NFL could do to expand their brand and open up new revenue streams, and even more that are also extensions of the fantasy football concept. If they aren’t first to capitalize on other opportunities, then that will give more time and opportunity for other outside businesses to try and find ways to create a new market segment.

    Busting ghosts = bad to cross the streams
    Business exploitation = good to cross the streams

  20. This whole thing is just more of emperor Goodell treating the NFL like it’s his personal plaything regardless of the fans, players, or integrity of the game that makes the NFL a money machine.

    This event had been promoted for some time now (over a year) so it’s not like NFL didn’t know about it WELL in advance. They could have nipped this in the bud long before just days before the event. These fans, and players didn’t just suddenly decide to do this on a whim. The truth is, this was strategically timed to screw people. The real dirt is (if you believe the guest players) NFL employees called and threatened they could/ would be suspended if they attended. No player was going to risk hundreds of thousands, or millions of his family’s income to hang out with and sign autographs for fans.

    PLUS the rule itself is BS, it’s fine for Eagles players (for years) to regularly do promotions (and shows) from the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City broadcast on Philly’s WIP Sports Radio, because everyone knows there’s NO gambling, or organized crime in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in fact I heard the Pope is frigging moving Vatican City there.

    Yet, another reason Goodell has got to go.

  21. I used to play Texas Hold’em on the internet for a living. Until they government decided it was illegal.

    Texas Hold’em is a game of skill, just like fantasy football. They both have elements of luck, but, skill is the most important attribute in determining success.

    In the short term it is a total crap shoot whether you will win or lose money.

    If you are a skilled player you will consistently win over a long period of time.

    I had days where I lost close to $500 playing poker, but, my average monthly earnings over the course of 2 years were around $4,000.

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