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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo's fantasy football convention (GONFFC) has been postponed and likely will be canceled for a second consecutive year.

The NFFC, which was set for July 15-17 at the Pasadena, Calif., Convention Center, again cites interference by the National Football League for it's event failure.

Last year, the event was set for Las Vegas but was canceled by the NFL "for perceived association with gambling."

The event was re-scheduled and moved to California _ though the NFFC and the NFL remain in litigation over last year's event.

That was until Tuesday's postponement. Organizers sent a message to fans, blaming the NFL for continued interference.

"We've arrived at this decision on after lengthy and heart-wrenching deliberations," the statement read. "But the NFL's blatant and continued interference has fractured beyond recovery our capacity to deliver the opportunities the NFFC had intended to provide."

Andy Alberth, co-founder of the NFFC, declined to call the convention dead for this year. But he acknowledges the NFL has made it an uphill battle.

"We are exploring all options," Alberth said. "It's been an uphill battle considering we are having to fight the 800-pound gorilla."

Last year ,the NFL went after the players to shut down the convention. Per a source, the league targeted the sponsors of the NFFC this year.

The NFFC promised full refunds to fans and to fight the NFL in court to make future events possible.

More than 100 players were set to attend, including Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones, Chiefs safety Eric Berry, Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, Green Bay Packers receiver Randall Cobb, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer and Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas.

Several NFL analysts and commentators were also scheduled to attend such as ESPN's Todd McShay and Marcellus Wiley, Fox Sports' Colin Cowherd and Charissa Thompson, CBS Sports' Allie LaForce and NBC Sports' Kay Adams.

It was billed as the ultimate fantasy weekend as the players and analysts will engage with the fans, conduct interviews and participate in a number of events and exhibits.

Now it will have to wait again for at least another year.

Clarence Hill: 817-390-7760, @clarencehilljr

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