Fantasy Football Convention Takes NFL To Court

Published Sunday, July 26, 2015 -
Fantasy Football Convention Takes NFL To Court

The online sports gambling debate has hit another snag as the National Football League has made it difficult  again for sports betting to be liberated in the USA. The advent of Fantasy Sports betting in America has set off alarm bells for the NFL which is trying to keep a line drawn in the sand regarding the betting on sports.

A National Fantasy Football Convention expo and conference that was scheduled to take place in July at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas has been cancelled by the NFL. The event venue was to be a non gaming area of the Las Vegas Sands’ Venetian Resort Hotel Casino but the NFL maintains it is too close to gambling for their comfort zone and it contravened its policy of preventing its players from engaging in “promotional activities or other appearances at or in connection with events that are held at or sponsored by casinos.”

Now the Texas headquartered company called The Fan Expo LLC is suing the NFL in US District Court in Dallas County for over $1m in damages after the National Fantasy Football Convention was cancelled. A host of NFL stars were expected to attend the three day conference but the authorities at the NFL ‘reminded’ the NFL Players Association of its policy of not associating the NFL brand with any type of gambling.

The law suit states that those at Fan Expo were convinced they had the approval of the NFL before they began the expensive process of advertizing and promoting the event. The law suit argues that the NFL’s actions were “completely inconsistent with its prior course of dealing.” Fan Expo commented that “countless examples” demonstrate that “when the NFL gets a piece of the pie, the NFL flagrantly and systematically violates its own approved policy against casinos and gambling.”



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