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Case-in-review: Tony Romo’s The Fan Expo vs. the NFL


Forbes – The Fan Expo, LLC, a fantasy football administration headed by Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, is suing the NFL for $1 million in damages after purposefully shutting down an event earlier this year as fantasy football owners gear up for this year’s season.

After disrupting the 60 contracts involved with The Fan Expo, the NFL is looking at a sanction by the party as a result of lost ticket sales, lost profits and other incurring charges that The Fan Expo wishes to condemn the NFL for.

A primal focus of the investigation begins with a phone call made by one of the NFL’s Senior Label Counsel members, Brook Gardiner, whom directed threats of suspension at Tony Romo and any other NFL player who wished to attend the event scheduled for mid-July.

Another issue surrounding The Fan Expo vs. the NFL is the NFL’s stance on its association with casinos. Any involvement taking place within casino property is prohibited by the league and, therefore, according to the NFL, justifies their position in the upcoming legal filing. And being as Romo coordinated his event on casino grounds, any participation on a player’s behalf would be subject to penalty.

Planned appearances at Romo’s event included DeMarco Murray, Dez Bryant, LeVeon Bell, Rob Gronkowski, Odell Beckham and Julio Jones.

Within the paperwork, it alleges the NFL expressed interest in Romo’s National Fantasy Football Convention (“NFFC”) and would even summon NFL Network analyst Michael Fabiano and NFL Fantasy Live‘s producer, Dylan Milner, to co-host the event.

Miami-based sports agent, Darren Heitner, of Heitner Legal provided a full outline of the pending lawsuit, which can be viewed HERE.

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