Judge enters partial summary judgment for NFL in Romo’s fantasy football case


The case filed by Tony Romo’s fantasy-football convention against the NFL suffered a major setback on Monday.

Early word from Dallas is that a judge granted the league’s motion for summary judgment in the case filed by The Fan Expo, LLC, against the NFL, arising from the cancellation of the National Fantasy Football Convention in 2015.

Romo’s side will file an appeal. Apparently, claims for breach of contract and “estoppel” (a fairness-based theory based on the idea that it’s inappropriate to adopt one course of action and then suddenly change direction) remain viable. Absent a reversal of the judge’s ruling, claims for tortious interference with contract, business disparagement, fraud, and tortious interference with prospective business relationships have failed.

The case arises from Romo’s contention that the league applies its gambling policy selectively, and that the league chose to use it to effectively scrap an event for which multiple members of NFL Media had signed contracts to participate and 15 members of NFL Media had been credentialed to cover.

But not every grossly inconsistent and unfair application of policy gives rise to viable causes of action. For now, the judge in Texas who was assigned the case has decided that it doesn’t.

5 responses to “Judge enters partial summary judgment for NFL in Romo’s fantasy football case

  1. jag1959 says:
    Feb 29, 2016 12:56 PM
    How nice for Roger. He can go to his bosses with a W for a change


    Yeah but the owner that’s been climbing his tail the hardest is Jones and I am not sure that’s the W Jones had in mind.

  2. Is Romo one of the owner/operators of The Fan Expo LLC? If so that’s a big difference from the other cases his lawyers are trying to raise as inconsistencies (the Gronk cruise seems to to be their example they are raising) Gronk is not an owner/operator of Norwegian Cruise Lines and it’s the cruise line who runs the gambling. That’s said, I think Romo should be left alone here considering the NFL and owner’s own interests in Fantasy Foolball (Bob Kraft himself is one of the owners of I think it’s Draft Kings). I think the biggest issue the NFL was having was a player making money from football in a way they were not getting a piece of. I think it’s all about exactly that point and the rest is noise.

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