After this news broke Wednesday, Tony Romo surely got a lot more popular in the minds of NFL fans everywhere.
The Dallas Cowboys quarterback is actually a co-founder of a National Fantasy Football Convention which had one of their event’s in 2015 canceled by the NFL, and have filed suit in return.
According to The Star-Telegram, Romo and his partners are asking for more than $1 million from the league.
The event which was due to take place at the Sands Expo, which is connected to the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, a big issue with the league. Gambling, a frowned upon subject with any connection to the NFL was brought to light with the various allegations and legality issues surrounding online-fantasy football betting sites’ such as Fan Duel and Draft Kings. The league warned players whom were scheduled to participate they would be violating the league’s policy on the matter if they attended that event or any event held at a gambling venues.
The two will do battle in a court in Dallas on Monday for a hearing on a summary judgment on the NFL’s motion to dismiss the suit, but the lawyers for the NFFC have filed paperwork to depose league commissioner Roger Goodell, per the Star. The NFL has since filed a counter that would block that deposition. A hearing not yet been arranged to decide if the deposition of the commish by NFFC lawyers will be allowed to take place.
“We hope to find out from the very person solely in charge of enforcing the gambling policy,” said lawyer Michael Hurst, who along with Julie Pettit, is representing the NFFC. “We want to know what his position is and why the NFL has taken inconsistent positions in the past.”
The Oakland Raiders made headlines shortly after the season ended with new plans on a possible franchise move to Las Vegas after not receiving a bid for their preferred Los Angeles home. Beyond the apparent issues of fan base and alike, the NFL seems to want to stray far away from anything connected to the gambling scene, even an entire city. Raiders’ owner Mark Davis recently met with officials from the same Sands casino company about helping them build a stadium in Las Vegas.
Rob Gronkowski launched a party cruise last week that had open and obvious displays of gambling, most likely not enough to be investigated by the league, but it seems as if their guidelines when it comes to gambling association need to be sharpened.