Last year, the NFL allegedly squeezed a group including Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo into cancelling a fantasy football convention set for Las Vegas by allegedly threatening participating players with discipline due to the fact that the event would be held on property owned by a casino. This year, the National Fantasy Football Convention has once again pulled the plug — and once again has blamed the NFL.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFFC has sent letters to all sponsors explaining that the event will again be postponed. The letter blames the postponement on the “blatant and continued interference” of the NFL.
In litigation arising from last year’s cancellation, the NFFC has argued that the NFL has applied pressure to the event’s sponsors. The letter to the event’s 2016 sponsors doesn’t specify the behavior in which the NFL allegedly has engaged in connection with the latest decision to not proceed.
After the event was canceled last year, some league insiders believed that, ultimately, the NFL didn’t want someone else to do something that the NFL could do itself, even though the NFL has to date shown no inclination to host its own fantasy football convention.