Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and his fantasy-football convention took a big sack Monday in their lawsuit against NFL.
A Dallas County judge sided with the NFL and dismissed part of Romo’s lawsuit for tortious interference with contract, business disparagement, and fraud stemming from the cancellation of the National Fantasy Football Convention last July.
Romo and his partners at The Fan Expo, LLC. were asking for more than $1 million from the league.
They plan to appeal.
Claims for breach of contract and “estoppel” remain in play. Romo’s attorneys still plan to depose NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
The NFL forced Romo to cancel last year’s National Fantasy Football Convention at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas because the facility is attached to the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. The NFL warned players who were scheduled to participate they would be violating the league’s policy about attending events at gambling venues.
Romo’s lawyers contend the league’s gambling rules are broad and ambiguous. They also say the league is inconsistent in how they approach gambling and cited New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski’s recent party on a cruise ship that included a full casino.
Gronkowski’s cruise in now being investigated to see if it violated the league’s gambling policy, an NFL lawyer said Monday.